The Worlds of Journalism Study (WJS) is an academically driven project that was founded to regularly assess the state of journalism throughout the world. The Study’s primary objective is to help journalism researchers, practitioners, media managers and policy makers better understand worldviews and changes that are taking place in the professional orientations of journalists, the conditions and limitations under which they operate, as well as the social functions of journalism in a changing world.

Networking international journalism scholarship 
A joint effort of researchers from more than 70 countries, the project aspires to highest standards of scientific collaboration, democratic participation and collective publishing. In so doing, we hope that the WJS will become a vehicle for the comparative study of journalism, and an institutional home for those who engage in it. The basic principles of cooperation are formulated in the Study’s Statute.

WJS 2007-11 study: journalism cultures, influences and trust 
Originally planned as a pilot project and fielded in 2007-2011, the Study’s initiators carried out interviews with 2100 journalists from more than 400 news organizations in 21 countries. This first project had focused on differences in journalism cultures (the role perceptions, epistemological orientations and ethical views of journalists), as well as on perceived influences on the news and journalists’ trust in public institutions.







2nd WJS Convention
Munich September 5-8, 2015


Session I: Comparative Treatments (08-09-2015)

  1. Being a journalist in a post-authoritarian society: Perceptions of press freedom in the Czech Republic and South Africa(Arnold S de Beer, Alice Tejkalová, Wadim Strielkowski, Filip Lab & Sean Beckett)
  2. Journalistic autonomy under threat: comparative perceptions of professional and occupational risks in Colombia and Mexico (Jesús Arroyave & Mireya Márquez Ramírez)
  3. The language as a supranational denominator? French speaking journalists across Europe: A comparison of the professional groups and cultures between Switzerland, Belgium and France (Olivier Standaert, Vittoria Sacco, & Annik Dubied)
  4. Trends of journalism and journalists in populist governments in Latin America: the examples of Argentina and Ecuador(Adriana Amado & Martin Oller Alonso)

Session II: Journalism in the West (08-09-2015)

  1. Healthy skeptics or disillusioned democrats? Political trust among Danish journalists (Arjen van Dalen)
  2. The development of Spanish journalists’ trust in political institutions and the challenge of comparability in measuring trust(Rosa Berganza & Beatriz Herrero)
  3. Giving them what they want to know, or what they should know: A comparison of Australian journalists’ citizen and consumer orientations (Folker Hanusch)
  4. Worlds of Journalism: first results from Cyprus (Dimitra Milioni)

Session III: Journalism in Transition (08-09-2015)

  1. Transformation of Czech journalists’ working conditions (Alice Tejkalová)
  2. WJS in Kosovo: A Case of Transitional Journalism (Kenneth Andresen & Abit Hoxha)
  3. Serbian journalists and the idea of common good (Verica Rupar & Sonja Seizova)
  4. Journalists and PR in Albania – An ambiguous relationship (Jonila Godole)
  5. A profession in crisis in a country in crisis: The Greek case of the Worlds of Journalism Study (Dimitra Dimitrakopoulou)

Session IV: Journalism in the Global South (08-09-2015)

  1. Influences on Botswanian Journalism: Differences by Ownership (Jyotika Ramaprasad)
  2. Salvadoran journalism: in the midst of social violence and political polarization (José Luis Benítez)
  3. Conceptual and methodological challenges of studying media freedom in Qatar (Ashraf Galal)
  4. Multilevel analysis on new journalistic cultures around the world: the proposal of an Organic Multilevel Model (Martin Oller Alonso)


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