Academics and Journalists Working Together: Methodological Considerations on Challenges, Ethics and Sensitive Fieldwork

Bahar Baser, Nora Martin

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This short essay aims to shed light on the benefits and challenges of collaborations between academics and journalists, with a specific focus on methodological considerations, ethics and sensitive fieldwork. Based on our experience of working together for a research project, we highlight the intricacies of building bridges between two professions while working towards a joint project. Our reflections are based on our experience during fieldwork in London and Glasgow in August 2018 researching foreign fighters – mostly members of the Kurdish diaspora – who joined the YPG (Yekîneyên Parastina Gel/ People’s Protection Units) to fight against ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant) in the Middle East. We underline that although working together entails significant benefits for both collaborators, there are certainly challenges, especially when it comes to researching risky topics.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)(In-Press)
JournalJournal of Conflict Transformation and Security
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 16 May 2019


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