How to bridge journalism and research
I have to admit, I am focusing more on my thesis now instead of journalism. I guess this is already part of the problem. Either you do this or do that, writing academically and publishing in journalism are two different things and: time is precious. As a young researcher I realized that I have to handle many things, not only my reading and writing, but also networking, planning and learning how to articulate. I continuously speak about my ideas. Compared to my working as an online journalist or TV journalist, I don’t have to shorten my thoughts to make it digestible. It’s like learning a new language. And forgetting how I used to write?
No, I don’t want to miss journalistic work. I enjoy digging deeper into my topic but knowing that no one will read my thesis makes me uncomfortable. How would I put my thoughts out there? I think it can be a complementary process, writing in a journalistic style or more essayistic and writing in academy. It should actually be the aim of every researcher to be able to express him/herself in a way that everyone can understand it. So, some academicians should try to change their style a little. The same is valid for fancy feuilletonists of course, or for those outside of the German speaking space, journalists who write on art and culture.
Or just pitch the article and contact a newspaper. I was surprised how much media is interested in well-researched, more academic work. Writing down my ideas helps a lot, what I don’t like is staying in the ivory tower, somewhere in North England.