“Mapping journalism culture in the European South: Portuguese, Spanish and Greek compared”
Celebrado en la Universidad de Durban (South Africa)
This work is part of an originally planned a pilot project – the Worlds of Journalism Study (WOJS) – which had a first wave of surveys fielded from 2007 – 2011. At this stage interviews with 2100 journalists from more than 400 news organizations in 21 countries were carried out and nowadays, it gathers the effort of researches across 80 countries.
Within the framework of this project, a new model to analyze and define journalism cultures that aggregates concepts often used separately and in different ways in the academic professionals has been proposed. Hanitzsch argues that it can be defined as a particular set of ideas and practices by which journalists, consciously or unconsciously, legitimate their role in society and render their work meaningful for themselves and others (2007:369). Thus, in the perspective of the new conceptualization, journalism culture has three basic constituents: institutional roles, epistemologies and ethic ideologies.