ERIC Number: ED400562
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Aug
Look Who's Talking: A Pilot Study of the Use of Discussion Lists by Journalism Educators and Students.
A study analyzed postings over a week-long period to two electronic discussion lists to position them as communication forms and to assess their potential value to journalism educators, students and researchers. The lists--"Journet" and "Stumedia"-- were examined using both quantitative and qualitative techniques. Results indicated that the discussion lists have the scope to offer a level of currency in the international scholarly community well beyond the limits of other information sources for journalism educators and students such as newsletters, conferences and journals which might be weeks or even years behind in the intellectual debate or technological development. Using a discussion list or direct email to a target member, an educator or student can glean first-hand expert information within hours, perhaps even minutes. Other advantages of participation on such lists include networking and scholarly cooperation, knowledge acquisition, a sense of communion, and an opportunity to keep pace with innovation. Disadvantages are the sheer bulk of correspondence, low participation rates, maleness, "US-centricity" and the preponderance of "junk mail." Findings suggest that this field of data is ripe for research in a variety of ways. (Contains 19 references and 3 tables of data.) (Author/RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (79th, Anaheim, CA, August 10-13, 1996).