When I became editor of Media Asia in 2013, I felt dissatisfied with the conventional role of academic journals as showcases reserved for finished research. That is their main purpose, of course. But, we know that the peer-reviewed research article is only one part of the life cycle of scholarly inquiry.
Long before new findings emerge, meaningful areas of inquiry have to be charted and strong questions developed. After research is published, we periodically need to take stock and reflect critically on the relevance and purpose of our research agendas. Therefore, an individual paper is never as discrete and independent a product as it constructed to appear. Furthermore, the best work is usually driven by personal visions and values that are often treated as extraneous to the research process, and are thus difficult to discern in the sterile language of academic writing.
I started the Media Asia Interview series as a way to capture this fuller,
organic cycle of scholarly life. The series features leading thinkers in media and communication in Asia. I’ve asked them to share their ideas and agendas. As importantly, I’ve tried to find out what drives them towards excellence and originality, and the normative concerns that frame the questions they pursue. I have learnt a great deal from these conversations, which continue to be published in the on-going series in Media Asia. It is a pleasure to share them with a wider audience on this website.
Media Asia is a journal of the Asian Media Information and Communication Centre (AMIC). It is housed editorially at Hong Kong Baptist University’s School of Communication.