What is the difference in academic researchers and journalists in how they research

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What is the difference between academic reseachers and journalists, for example how Dr Micheal Willis and Dr Hugh Roberts describe analyse and report Algerian current and historical events as academic reasearchers and how Robert Fisk as a middle east and north africa journalist covers those same events?
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What is the difference between academic reseachers and journalists, for example how Dr Micheal Willis and Dr Hugh Roberts describe analyse and report Algerian current and historical events as academic reasearchers and how Robert Fisk as a middle east and north africa journalist covers those same events?
The simple answer would be reporting is just the observation part of the experiment, while academic research includes the preparation, results and conclusion as well.
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The simple answer would be reporting is just the observation part of the experiment, while academic research includes the preparation, results and conclusion as well.
I see thanks and both academic researchers and journalists can have the same level of knowledge about a particular subject or do academic researchers have more in depth knowledge about a particular subject?
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I see thanks and both academic researchers and journalists can have the same level of knowledge about a particular subject or do academic researchers have more in depth knowledge about a particular subject?
One can't generalise, but generally speaking, a journalist will have studied journalism or similar, while a professor of Algerian history will have studied... well you get the picture.
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The simple answer would be reporting is just the observation part of the experiment, while academic research includes the preparation, results and conclusion as well.
Along with peer review.

A major difference is that reporters can publish anything their editor likes on the day, whether it is true or not, but academic research has to get past peer review to make it into a published journal. That process is by no means perfect, but it tends to remove a lot of major errors and it requires that the data support the case being made. It can be VERY adversarial process, and the end result is that peer reviewed work is more likely to be correct.
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Academic researches usually have many people checking their work, challenging their theses and their claims; journalists usually face less examination, and they are publishing for certain audiences - what do their readers want to hear about?
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