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Can action research improve local journalism?

Nyre, L. & Maiden, N. ORCID: 0000-0001-6233-8320 (2022). Can action research improve local journalism?. Nordicom Review, 43(2), pp. 171-189. doi: 10.2478/nor-2022-0011


This article considers the extent to which action research can help local stakeholders tackle the permanent technological disruption in the media sector by reshaping journalistic production practices with original design by examining a specific case. The INJECT Norway (Innovative Journalism: Enhanced Creativity Tools) project was part of an EU Innovation Action with partners that included universities, technology companies, business consultancies, and local newspapers. The objective was to design a new tool for creativity support in journalism and stimulate innovation competence through a business ecosystem. The article evaluates the collaboration between academics and local partners in the Norwegian ecosystem regarding the workability of the new designs and the credibility of the approach. The evaluation is written as a chronological narrative of the project's collaboration from optimistic beginnings to eventual failure. The main findings reveal a tension between the academic researchers and the local project partners. Despite these tensions, the article concludes with a hopeful note about the current action research ecosystem: harnessing the power of students to mediate the relationship between academics and local partners.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: © 2022 Lars Nyre et al., published by SciendoThis work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.
Publisher Keywords: action research, business ecosystem, EU Innovation Action, local newspapers, innovation competence
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General)
Departments: Bayes Business School > Management
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