I have experienced some really interesting presentations. For example the lecture by Professor Emeritus David Mould - just arriving form Malawi - was so far maybe one of the best. His lecture was full of great information in a very hilarious form.
By the way he was the first Director of the SUSI on Journalism and Media program. He told us that after the first SUSI program ended: “I ran away screaming.” Joking was he, wasn’t’ he? Scholars cannot be that bad?
Anyway I think that after David Moulds presentation everyone of us knows the structure of the academic article.It is now written in our backbones!
Publishing is really a big thing here – much bigger than in my home country. In every stage one is encouraged to publish.While writing their doctoral thesis students are almost like married with their advisors I learned. Well, well, I met my adviser three times in three yesrs - I think that we should change our systems!
|In a picture Aimee Edmondson, Assistant Editor, Journalism History (left), Sandra Utt, Newspaper Research Journal (Middle) and Hugh Martin, Co-editor, Journal of Media Economics|
Sandra Utt, Co-editor News Paper Research Journal and Associate Professor, University of Memphis urged us to “Be strategically smart and milk your research!” I was fool enough not to do so. Now I have to conduct a new resaerch and milk that one..
Finding the right journal is also very important on ones way to be a successful researcher. Well, there are not many high impact journals in journalism era – but published is published – who cares about the rankings.
“Be respectful to editors”, Sandra Utt highlighted in the end of her presentation. I was not able to believe that somebody could mock the editors – how on earth are you going to get your paper published if you mock the editor?
According to Utt bad news is that there are also so called bad journals – journals that make you to pay to publish and then they run away with your money without publishing. I once emailed with this type of a journal. They send me email saying that I had a wonderful presentation in a congress which was held in Poland and they would like to publish my paper. I checked the webpage and all the links they delivered to me – but I was not able to find even one single published article – nor was I able to find the journal in the library’s databases. So, as much I hankered to publish my paper I did not respond their generous offer to publish my paper (with 200 euro). Sandra Utt emphasized that academic journals never ask money.
Utt gave us an example:
Read what this journal has to say and decide would you like your paper published in it
We also learned that the publishing process is very slow – in might take 2 to 3 years before your paper is published. In the social media research this timeline is impossible. What the social media seems today it is certainly not that tomorrow – it is a constantly changing chameleon and it is difficult to predict which social media platforms and applications live longer than a year or two.
So, I have to publish something more traditional. Here I have a good possibility to advertise my newest publication - I am one of the authors of the peer reviewed book called Sick Media - Tautinen media. What a shame it is written in Finnish.