All of our Journalist Fellows are required to write a research paper while on the Journalism Fellowship Programme. These papers are usually around 10,000 words long, and in style fall somewhere between long-format investigative reporting and a more academic and theoretical treatise.
The papers as a minimum have to show that the Fellows have consulted a wide variety of contacts and sources, have given their papers a clear structure and argument, and have thought carefully about the key research questions they are addressing.
Many Journalist Fellows choose to carry out content analysis of newspapers or broadcast media, but this is not a requirement. Most conduct interviews with practitioners, media analysts and academics. An international comparative approach is encouraged.
Any opinions expressed in our Fellows’ research papers are those of the author(s) and not of the Institute.