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Senior Communication Scholars’ Advice to and Expectation of Young Researchers
作者 克勞斯.克里彭多夫、李金銓、柯林.斯巴克斯、大衛.韋佛
Author Klaus KRIPPENDORFF, Chin-Chuan LEE, Colin SPARKS, David WEAVER
摘要 這個學術對談緣自2018年蘇鑰機和克勞斯.克里彭多夫教授在《傳播與社會學刊》的一個對談,當時蘇鑰機準備了一些問題,克里彭多夫教授的回應頗為詳細,但由於篇幅所限,未能將所有問題和答案都包括在文章內。當中有關對年輕學人的建議未能採用,甚為可惜。





Abstract This “multilogue” has its roots in a dialogue in Communication & Society with Prof. Klaus Krippendorff in 2018. At that time Clement So prepared a number of questions to which Prof. Krippendorff gave detailed answers. Regrettably, space limitation prevented the inclusion of his answers to questions for advice to aspiring communication scholars.

Clement So thought that his answers deserved further attention and invited three other prominent scholars to respond to a set of four questions about entering and succeeding in the field of communication research.

To assure a diversity of views, the invited scholars were from the U.S., Europe, and Asia. They had different backgrounds and their research followed various quantitative, qualitative, and critical traditions. They had many years of teaching in common, had made significant contributions to understanding communication, albeit from different perspectives, and were therefore qualified to pass their experiences to a new generation of researchers.

Prof. Krippendorff was born in Germany, received his advanced degrees in the U.S. and has taught there for decades. His research interests include content analysis, information theory, cybernetics, social constructions of reality, and design. Prof. Chin-Chuan Lee is a Chinese scholar who taught in the U.S. for many years and was also stationed at different universities in Hong Kong. His research covers global communication, political economy of the media, and Greater China studies. Prof. Colin Sparks is of British origin and taught in the U.K. for many years before moving to teach in Hong Kong. His research interests include media and democracy, globalization of media, and internet’s influence on the mass media. Prof. David Weaver is an American scholar who taught in the U.S. for many years. He is famous for his longitudinal surveys of journalists, as well as studies of media agenda setting, public opinion, and voting behavior.

The diverse backgrounds and scholarly contributions of these four professors account for answering the four questions posed to them differently, offering readers alternative views. However, despite drawing from different experiences, their recommendations have much in common, differing mainly in emphasis. For example, the importance of technology appears in most suggestions, subsumed under the larger umbrella of broader social concerns and humanistic endeavors. Skills and methods need to include critical thinking and reflexive abilities. Solid empirical grounding of research is also essential. There is agreement on the need of communication scholars to adopt a communication perspective while simultaneously making productive use of the theoretical orientations and methods from other fields. After all, scholars in other disciplines communicate and publish as well and make use of what communication scholars explore.

This academic dialogue is intended to inspire young researchers to pursue their academic journeys and avoid distractions by fruitless paths. More experienced scholars can learn something from their discussion as well. It is never too late to reflect on one’s own journey from different perspectives. Dialogues of ideas can encourage unexpected academic ripples in different places. Dialogues of this kind are valuable additions to written research results as they encourage larger perspectives and may be organized again in the future.



Citation of this article:

So, C. Y. K. (Ed.) (2019). Senior communication scholars’ advice to and expectation of young researchers. Communication & Society, 49, 1–41.
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