Collaboration Between Academics and Journalists: Methodological Considerations, Challenges and Ethics

Bahar Baser, Nora Martin

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This essay sheds light on the benefits and challenges produced by collaborations between academics and journalists, focusing specifically on the methodological considerations and ethics that arise during collaborations on sensitive fieldwork. Drawing on our experience of working together for a research project, we highlight the intricacies involved in building bridges between two professions while working towards a joint project outcome. Our reflections are based on our experiences during fieldwork conducted in London and Glasgow in August 2018 as we researched 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
suggest that while working together can produce significant benefits for academic and journalistic collaborators, there are certainly challenges that arise, especially when risky topics are being researched.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)114-126
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Conflict Transformation and Security
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 12 Apr 2020

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