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Idea Generation and Material Consolidation: Tool Use and Intermediate Artefacts in Journalistic
 

Summary: Idea Generation and Material Consolidation:
Tool Use and Intermediate Artefacts in Journalistic
Writing
Simon Attfield, Sarah Fegan & Ann Blandford
UCL Interaction Centre, University College London. WC1E 7DP.
s.attfield@cs.ucl.ac.uk, +44 (0) 207 679 5242 (tel), +44 (0) 207 679 5295 (fax).
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

  

Source: Attfield, Simon - UCL Interaction Centre, University College London

 

Collections: Computer Technologies and Information Sciences