- What does media do in the world, and how does it relate to the world/pressing issues/problems in society. How we can provide solutions and understand the nature of these problems?
- What are the broad research issues we can focus on?
- Think about how you will structure your research and make it engaging to the reader.
- Come up with a kind of breakdown/parts of the problems/aspects of the debate you are going to explore. EG) Broadcast VS Network.
- Consider the role of crowdsourcing and how we can people involved in making media.
- Make sure you unpack the complexities of the area and find different angles you can explore.
- Find an idea/topic and start looking at the literature surrounding it. formulate a research question /problem/issue.
- You choice of topic should be informed by your knowledge of what other people have done in the field and what is feasible for you to investigate. See what is current in the field, who are the important commentators and what the issues they are debating. What terminology and methodologies are being used, what rationales are prevalent around why things are important?
- Think about gaps in knowledge and where you can build on it.
- GET SAVVY ON DOCUMENTING IMPORTANT INFORMATION!
- Your reference list should be comprehensive and inclusive of everything.
- authority (who is the author), currency (when was it published and to what degree is it relevant in your use of ideas or information), purpose (is the information free from obvious bias) and the assumptions the piece of research makes.
- What is the motivation of the study?
- What are the imperatives of author and what kind of language are they using – what lens are they looking through? Keep a filter and think about maintaining a neutral balance.
- There is no set way to begin researching, it can be a dialogue.
- Think about finding a coherent narrative.
- How do ethics influence how we research/write – what biases do we inherently have?