Larry Z. Leslie


This article explores some of the problems faced by journalism and communication research. This effort is designed to stimulate thought and further discussion. This position paper calls for action to address some of the problems faced by communication researchers. It might be useful to begin with some basic definitions. Although many differences exist in departments of journalism, mass communication, and speech communication, for present purposes, the term communication shall refer broadly to all these specialties. Curricula, faculty training, students, research agendas, research methodology, teaching loads, and the like all differ. The terms research and scholarship have precise meanings to many, but for convenience the terms shall be used interchangeably.