Undergraduate research from J4950
Solving Practical Problems
The other side of journalism
Practical research into a professional challenge
Solving Practical Problems is a "Missouri Method" class that combines academics with practical journalism skills. The undergraduate research class teaches news students methodologies they can use throughout their careers.
For the Spring Semester 2008, 31 students were presented with a quandry: News is the primary "draw" of the news media, but readership is down. So what other content appeals to the public?
Six teams divided the challenge into categories. Each team looked at what others had said about the issue (secondary research), conducted in-depth interviews (qualitative research) and conducted an Internet-based survey (quantitative research).
They reported their findings in 10-minute videos. Written summaries of their reports are also linked for download.
For further information on the class or the research, contact:
Clyde Bentley, Ph.D.
3 Neff Hall
University of Missouri
Columbia, MO 65211
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Convergence and Critical Thinking are Standard Equipment
Associate Professor Clyde Bentley explains the project