Use of Development Dialogues in Learning and Changing Journalism Practice

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This article analyses how the author’s case study experimented with the interventionist development dialogue method in journalism practice. Journalistic work is conceptualized as a network of multivoiced, contradictory, historically changing and artefact-mediated activity systems. Through the use of development dialogue, the study tried to understand and facilitate the innovation, change and expansive learning that take place in and for journalistic work. The data includes collaboration between the researcher and four Finnish newspaper journalists, prior- and post-intervention interviews, and diaries kept by the journalists. The data were analysed using the methods of qualitative text analysis. The case study indicates that an interventionist research approach which focuses on journalists’ personal experiences and needs, and which makes use of concrete development tasks, is of value to them. It fosters imagination and creation of novel journalistic and discursive practices to reflect, understand and pursue journalism. As power relations and control impinged on and were manifested in the research process, the development task-oriented interventionist research approach calls for a deep evaluation from the viewpoint of power relations within an activity system and about the question of political aim of interventionist research approach.
Original languageEnglish
JournalNORDICOM Review
Issue number2
Pages (from-to)93-106
Number of pages14
Publication statusPublished - 2013
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

Fields of Science

  • 518 Media and communications
  • Journalism
  • Expansive learning
  • Intervention

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