innovation as process
full title: Examining innovation as process: Action research in journalism studies
authors: Andrea Wagemans & Tamara Witschge
year of publication: 2019
published in: Convergence
keywords: action research, convergence, cross-disciplinary collaboration, digital tools, experiential knowledge, innovation, journalism, methodological approaches, practice-based research
action research in journalism studies
In this article, we discuss how ‘action research’ as an experiential research approach allows us to address challenges encountered in researching a converged and digital media landscape. We draw on our experiences as researchers, co-developers and marketeers in the European Union-funded Innovation Action project ‘INnovative Journalism: Enhanced Creativity Tools’ (INJECT) aimed at developing a technological tool for journalism. In this media innovation process, as in other media practices, longstanding delineations no longer hold, due to converging professional disciplines and blurring roles of users and producers. We argue that experiencing convergence through action research enables us to do justice to the complexity of the current media landscape.