Reporting Research

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Reporting research: using evidence for effective journalism

Researchers working for universities, governments or private companies are doing vital investigation into issues – such as clean water, food security and sexual health – that directly affect the everyday life of people around the world. However they often communicate the results only to other researchers.

Research findings can create powerful stories for news and features that are directly relevant to audiences. This briefing offers support and ideas on using research to create debates and inform people of problems and possible solutions that can change or even save their lives.

‘At one time, journalism for me only meant giving details of accidents and political killings, attending functions and writing about it. The use of academic research as the basis of my journalistic writings has helped make my articles more mature and complete. It also helps me address issues in a more informed and significant way that mere event reporting can never do.’
Thingnam Anjulika Samom – North-east Indian journalist

Why report research?

Development research is a rich resource which can be used to create exciting stories which have impact:

  • Research can provide vital information for audiences.
  • Research can provide the basis for effective reporting which promotes accountability.
  • Research can draw in new audiences and provoke responses from policymakers.
  • Research can provide sound evidence and hard-hitting facts.

Researcher conducting a health survey in Bangladesh / Jenny Matthews - Panos pictures

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