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New approaches to research in a digital age

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How you can use wikis, blogs, social networks and other online tools to improve your research, with reference to three studies by the author. Presentation originally made to Association of Journalism Educators.

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New approaches to research in a digital age

  1. 1. Paul Bradshaw Senior Lecturer, Online Journalism, Magazines and New Media, School of Media, Birmingham City University, UK (mediacourses.com) Blogger, Online Journalism Blog New approaches to research in a digital age
  2. 2. Themes <ul><li>Wikis </li></ul><ul><li>Social networks </li></ul><ul><li>Blogs </li></ul><ul><li>… and lots of other ideas </li></ul>
  3. 3. Wikis <ul><li>The research: Wiki Journalism ( http://bit.ly/9ldtQ ) </li></ul><ul><li>Wikis very difficult to make work </li></ul><ul><li>Goldilocks recipe: not too much, not too little </li></ul><ul><li>The Wikipedia ‘stub’ – appeal of incompleteness </li></ul>
  4. 4. Blogs <ul><li>The research: Blogging and investigative journalism ( http:// bit.ly/TeMHQ ) </li></ul><ul><li>Doing your research in public – peer review, on a massive scale </li></ul><ul><li>Transparency and referencing: the link </li></ul><ul><li>Creating social value and social capital </li></ul><ul><li>Ideas travel (memes), criticism travels back </li></ul><ul><li>No walls, only firewalls (access) </li></ul><ul><li>Information & sources coming to you </li></ul>
  5. 5. Social networks <ul><li>The research: Blogging journalists survey ( http://bit.ly/3OiPsa ) </li></ul><ul><li>Ready made samples and distribution networks (OJB, NUJ, AJE, BBC, Poynter) </li></ul><ul><li>Social bookmarking networks – Delicious ( e.g . http:// delicious.com/network/paulb ) </li></ul><ul><li>OJB Facebook group ( http:// bit.ly/mqlUF ) </li></ul><ul><li>http:// onlinejournalismresearch.ning.com / </li></ul><ul><li>Twitter – ask questions ( e.g . http://bit.ly/nAA5Z ) </li></ul>
  6. 6. Other ideas & tools <ul><li>Surveys – Surveymonkey, PollDaddy </li></ul><ul><li>Presentations – Slideshare </li></ul><ul><li>Conversation – Seesmic </li></ul><ul><li>Group emails – 9cays, CCBetty.com </li></ul><ul><li>Multiple entry points, networked (YouTube, Flickr, StumbleUpon, Posterous, LinkedIn) </li></ul><ul><li>Mapping – Google Maps </li></ul><ul><li>Collaboration – virtual interns ( e.g . http://bit.ly/haT08 ) </li></ul>
  7. 7. Paul Bradshaw Senior Lecturer, Online Journalism, Magazines and New Media, School of Media, Birmingham City University, UK (mediacourses.com) Blogger, Online Journalism Blog [email_address]

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