Idea generation and material consolidation: tool use and intermediate artefacts in journalistic writing

Attfield, Simon and Fegan, Sarah and Blandford, Ann (2009) Idea generation and material consolidation: tool use and intermediate artefacts in journalistic writing. Cognition, Technology & Work, 11 (3). pp. 227-239. ISSN 1435-5558

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Abstract

We report an in-depth, longitudinal study of a freelance music journalist writing a feature article. Our analysis attends to the participant’s activities from initiation to completion, and the ways in which she established structure using tools and artefacts to support cognitive effort. We observed five work stages: establishing an initial idea; preparing for an interview; interviewing; planning the article; and writing. Each resulted in the production of a working document embodying ideas and commitments which provided a key resource for the next stage. Stages began with phases of idea generation during which ideas were spontaneously triggered through intense engagement with information resources. They finished with phases of material consolidation when intermediate artifacts were configured to facilitate generation during the next stage. We examine these in detail and use our findings to motivate a discussion of working document overview representations and specific requirements related to idea generation and material consolidation.

Item Type: Article
Keywords (uncontrolled): Information behaviour; field study; writing; journalism
Research Areas: A. > School of Science and Technology > Computer Science
Item ID: 11797
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Depositing User: Shrikant Chavan
Date Deposited: 27 Aug 2013 09:44
Last Modified: 13 Oct 2016 14:28
URI: http://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/11797

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