Dilemmas of Ethnographic Research: The Practitioner/Academic’s Quandary

Somnath Batabyal


This paper examines the ethics of ethnographic research for a practitioner turned academic. It looks at the use of contacts in gaining entry into newsrooms, the ethics of observation and participation, the use of the experiential to draw out journalists in interviews, the employment of insider knowledge to attain proximity to news producers and the resultant ethics.

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