Reporting Research

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Practical resources

Relay produces practical resources to support academics and researchers to make their work more widely known through the media – and to help journalists use research as a source for reporting on critical development issues.

How-to guidesView all

A journalist’s guide to reporting research findings

This guide provides practical tips and guidance for journalists and editors interested in publishing stories based on development research findings.


Media Handbook for Development Researchers

Relay developed this guide to show development researchers in Eastern Africa how to communicate their findings to and through the media.


Working with the media: A guide for researchers

This guide has been designed to support strategic thinking on media engagement and to address researchers’ need to act autonomously.


Getting into the kitchen: Media strategies for research

In the words of a South African researcher, the media can help in linking research to policy processes by “getting you into the kitchen, being part of the soup-making”.


Reporting research: using evidence for effective journalism

Researchers around the world investigate vital issues relevant to everyday life and yet the findings are largely confined to the academic community. This guide provides evidence and guidance on the importance of reporting research.


Topic guidesView all

Beyond the financial crisis

This is a briefing document for journalists on economic growth and poverty reduction. It sets out the main issues around the topic and gives tips on reporting it. It aims to help journalists consider issues and debates, and research their own stories.


Dams and development

This topic guide aims to shed light on the issues surrounding dam construction for journalists looking to write about the topic. The topic guide considers areas of potential conflict between countries, concerns over policy guidelines regarding dam building and the socio-economic impact of displacement. It highlights research findings, recommendations and case studies – all valuable sources of information for journalists and editors.


Better connected – empowering people through communications technology

The development of new information and communications technologies (ICTs) such as mobile phones, personal computers and the Internet has the potential to improve the lives of millions of people. But issues around access, ownership of the technology and how much it costs may mean that relatively few individuals benefit to the exclusion of everyone else.


Tax matters: A media guide on research on taxation and good governance

This guide looks at tax and governance issues in developing countries. The briefing provides information on the debate, story ideas as well as lists of organisations to find out more information on tax and governance.


Climate change: Adapting to the greenhouse

Climate change will mean a different world for us all. For millions it will bring higher temperatures, less water, scarcer food and more risk of natural disasters, such as floods and storms. But every country can help itself to cope by accepting and adapting to this new reality.


Ensuring a food secure future: ingredients for change

Contents Overview Key issues Resources Links Overview Hunger makes the international news during times of famine, yet chronic food shortages are a feature of everyday life for millions of people in Africa and Asia. What can be done to change this and what role can journalists play? The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) states […]