Practice-based research - Media and Communications

Critical research component (exegesis)

The exegesis must frame the artefact with a specific set of research questions. Sample questions include:

  • How is the artefact addressing questions or issues that have not been addressed elsewhere in the public sphere?
  • How has the approach replicated or departed from existing practices?
  • How, specifically, is the approach considered innovative?

Your exegesis will include an introduction that states the aims, scope and proposed methods of the entire project and – if appropriate – how each component relates to journalism research as defined by the journalism national research statement. The introduction will address the examinable work as a whole.

You will also need to include

  • a literature review chapter addressing the themes of the exegesis. This would normally include a discussion of journalistic and academic approaches.
  • a methodology chapter explaining the techniques and approaches relating to the artefact.
  • a reflective chapter that explains insights gleaned by the completion of the artefact and how these might apply to both academic and journalistic practice. (This should not, however, be framed as a ‘making of’ story where you elaborate on what you have learnt about specific film techniques etc.)

The artefact

The length of the artefact varies considerably depending on the format.

In the early stages of the project, you will need to discuss with your supervisor the choice of platform, storytelling mode, potential audience, and delivery and research methodologies.

Durable records

You will need to create digital records of: audio-visual materials and websites; correspondence from audiences via email, web and social media; and copies of recorded interviews.

In some cases the artefact may include items such as a writers’ festival forum or live radio segment. In such cases your supervisor will specify recording requirements.