Towards an Experientialist Understanding of Journalism: Exploring Arts-based Research for Journalism Studies

Holsgens, S., de Wildt, S. & Witschge, T., 18-May-2020, In : Journalism Studies. 21, 7, p. 928-946 19 p.

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In this paper, we explore the ways in which we can employ arts-based research methods to unpack and represent the diversity and complexity of journalistic experiences and (self) conceptualisations. We address the need to reconsider the ways in which we theorise and research the field of journalism. We thereby aim to complement the current methodologies, theories, and prisms through which we consider our object of study to depict more comprehensively the diversity of practices in the field. To gather stories about journalism creatively (and ultimately more inclusively and richly), we propose and present the use of arts-based research methods in journalism studies. By employing visual and narrative artistic forms as a research tool, we make room for the senses, emotion and imagination on the part of the respondents, researchers and audiences of the output. We draw on a specific collaboration with artists and journalists that resulted in a research event in which 32 journalists were invited to collaboratively recreate the "richness and complexity" of journalistic practices.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)928-946
Number of pages19
JournalJournalism Studies
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 18-May-2020


  • Arts-based research, journalism studies, experientialist methods, complexity, metaphoric analysis, boundary work, methodology, journalism practice

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