Structured industry workshops as methodology: researching national screen agencies and policies

Redvall, E. N. and Sorensen, I. E. (2021) Structured industry workshops as methodology: researching national screen agencies and policies. Media Industries, 8(1), pp. 47-66. (doi: 10.3998/mij.94)

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This article explores the advantages of ‘structured industry workshops’ as a methodology for obtaining nuanced empirical data about the practices and ‘behind the scenes’ workings of national screen agencies, organizations, institutions and stakeholders. The article argues that structured industry workshops with industry informants in the media industries have five major methodological benefits. The workshops facilitate access to and interest from elite or expert informants who can otherwise be hard to attract; they counter the risk of spin and ‘corporate scripts; they provide a valuable forum for not only finding out what practitioners think, but also how they discuss and engage with other practitioners; they can be a pathway to industry and policy change as well as future academic inquiry; and finally, structured industry workshops can help establish a platform for sustained dialogue and industry-academy collaborations, with genuine knowledge exchange and co-production as well as potential for impact.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Sorensen, Dr Inge
Authors: Redvall, E. N., and Sorensen, I. E.
College/School:College of Arts > School of Culture and Creative Arts > Theatre Film and TV Studies
Journal Name:Media Industries
Publisher:Michigan Publishing
ISSN (Online):2373-9037
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2021 The Authors
First Published:First published in Media Industries 8(1):47-66
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons licence

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