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Journalism 199 (Research in Journalism)
Summer, AY 2000-2001


Course Description:

The course is designed to prepare the students to undertake an independent research project in the field of journalism. The project will be a systematic study aimed at shedding new light on the processes, institutions and changes going on in contemporary Philippine journalism. Topics for research will include investigations in tri-media journalism; in addition, research into the newer electronic media will be encouraged. The students' final output will be a research proposal which they will use in their thesis writing course, Journalism 200.

Course Objectives:

At the end of the semester, the students will be able to:

  1. discuss the nature of research using paradigms in current use in the social sciences;
  2. identify issues and problems in contemporary Philippine journalism that could be their research topics; and
  3. prepare a thesis proposal which contains an introduction, a review of related literature, a study framework, one or more methodologies appropriate for the study; and a plan of action outlining how the investigation will take place.

Course Outline:

I. The nature of research: Current issues in communication research

  1. Learning from previous researches
  2. Joining the ongoing research "conversation"

II. The research question: Problem and question formulation

  1. Finding, choosing and formulating the research question
  2. Identifying concepts and variables to be studied
  3. Identifying theories that may point to answers to the research question

III. The research plan: Methods and concerns about data construction

  1. Methods of investigation: quantitative and qualitative methods
  2. Data construction, analysis and synthesis
  3. Data presentation
  4. Conclusions and recommendations

IV. The research proposal

  1. Organizing and structuring the research proposal
  2. Characteristics of research writing
  3. Checklist for evaluating an acceptable research proposal

Suggested Readings:

  1. Anderson, James A. (1987). Communication Research: Issues and Methods. New York: McGraw-Hill Book Company.
  2. Attig, Bencha et al. (1993). Qualitative Methods for Population and Health Research. Bangkok: Institute for Population and Social Research.
  3. Bautista, Ma. Lourdes S. and Go, Stella P. (1992, 3rd printing). Introduction to Qualitative Research Methods. Manila: De La Salle University Press.
  4. Booth, Wayne; Colomb, Gregory; and Williams, Joseph M. (1995). The Craft of Research. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
  5. Frey, Lawrence R. (1991). Investigating Communication: An introduction to research methods. New Jersey: Prentice-Hall, Inc.
  6. Jensen, Klaus Bruhn and Jankowski, Nicholas W. (1991). A Handbook of Qualitative Methodologies for Mass Communication Research. London: Rutledge.
  7. Maxwell, J. A. (1996). Qualitative Research Design: An interactive approach. London: Sage Publications.
  8. Miles, Matthew and Huberman, Michael. (1994). Qualitative Data Analysis: A sourcebook of new methods. London: Sage Publications.
  9. Priest, Susanna H. (1995). Doing Media Research: An introduction. London: Sage Publications.
  10. Schutt, Russell K. (1996). Investigating the Social World. California: Sage Publications.
  11. Wimmer Roger D. and Dominick, Joseph R. (1994). Mass Media Research: An introduction. California: International Thomson Publishing, Fourth Edition.

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