Scholarly research is a great source for rigorous, unbiased information, but making judgments about its quality can be difficult. Here are some important questions to ask when reading studies.
Terms and concepts relating to academic research methods, theories and ways of thinking about questions.
Dedicating time to examine the grammar, spelling and accuracy of your stories is essential. Putting on an editor’s hat allows you see your own copy in a different way, and thus will help you improve it.
Curriculum overview with links to a variety of materials that help foster basic research competencies.
From “sample” to “confounding variables,” a compilation of useful statistical concepts with which journalism students and working journalists should be familiar.
From studies on the relationship between wages and well being to the financial benefits of political incumbency, scientific research frequently involves the technique of regression. We explain the basics.
Tip sheet that highlights perennial journalistic problems and provides a dozen models of background research that can help reporters sort through conflicting information.
Overview article that provides an introduction to the academic research world and explains how it can be leveraged by journalists.
Article covering the basics of preparing, conducting, and editing an interview; with special emphasis on public officials and expert sources.