Knowledge for Development

Interpreting academic studies: a primer for media

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Date: 28/07/2014

Introduction:

Justin Feldman lists a series of question every science journalist should ask when reporting on a new scientific study. His article is part a Journalist’s Resource (JR) project, that examines news topics through a research lens. Feldman's guide looks at how a journalist should understand a research project's hypothesis, variables, unit of analysis, causation logic (such as Randomised Controlled Trials, systemic reviews or meta-analysis for example), results generalisation potential, intrinsic limitations and conclusions.   

Editor's note: The following annotation offers a great example of insightful journalism, where a difference in field research methodology can influence the end results in a surprising way.   

(Journalist’s Resource, 27/05/2014)