In search of the journalistic imagination

Kai Hung Liao, Chi Cheng Chang, Chao Tung Liang, Chaoyun Liang*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Journalists tell stories based on facts, but stories cannot be told without imagination. However, little research has been conducted on journalistic imagination. This study aimed to explore the indicators, roots, and cultivation of the imaginative capacities of journalists. For this purpose, 6 renowned journalists in Taiwan were studied. The results identified 10 indicators of imaginative capacity in the study participants. The research team also identified 6 roots of imaginative capacity, among which professional conduct emerged as the decisive root in the case of the journalists, and it was followed by personality traits, academic background, news sense, work experience, and social responsibility. Furthermore, the team identified 7 methods of cultivating imaginative capacity: self-reflection, reading and learning, observing and listening, comparing and benchmarking, nurturing broad interests, acquiring aesthetic experiences, and creating welcoming environments. The results provide an understanding of how journalistic imagination can be assessed, and they further contribute insights into the complexities that various roots endow upon diverse imaginative capacities when distinct methods of cultivation are used.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)9-20
Number of pages12
JournalThinking Skills and Creativity
Publication statusPublished - 2016 Mar 1


  • Cultivation
  • Imaginative capacities
  • Indicators
  • Journalistic imagination
  • Roots

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education


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