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The 'new majority' and the academization of journalism

Bromley, M. S. (2013). The 'new majority' and the academization of journalism. Journalism, 14(5), pp. 569-586. doi: 10.1177/1464884912453285


The academization of journalism is reliant on the development of the field founded in scholarship demonstrated through the publication of research in peer-reviewed specialist journals. Given the profile of journalism faculty, this means inducting practitioners into a culture of critical research. In Australia at least, this cohort of neophytes is predominantly comprised of middle-aged women who were surveyed about their personal attitudes to research. They were mostly open to the idea of becoming researchers but were inclined to proceed cautiously without necessarily severing their ties with practice. There was evidence to suggest that a generally positive orientation to research was not capitalized on and that they remained uncertain about the role of research. On the other hand, they appeared not to have adopted the orthodoxy of implacable opposition to scholarly inquiry. The change in gender composition in the academy may provide, contrary to historical, but more in line with contemporary, evidence, a renewed impetus to the project of academizing the field.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: Copyright Sage 2013
Publisher Keywords: academization, attitudes, faculty, journalism, research, women
Departments: School of Communication & Creativity > Journalism
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