Welcome to The Worlds of Journalism Study

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 the worldviews and changes that are taking place in the professional orientations of journalists, the conditions and limitations under which journalists operate, and the social functions of journalism in a changing world.

Networking international journalism scholarship 
A joint effort of researchers from around the world, the project aspires to the highest standards of scientific collaboration, democratic participation and collective publishing. In so doing, we believe the WJS has 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 Statutes.

WJS 2012-2015: the transformation of journalism
The recent wave of the WJS has continued and extended the groundbreaking work carried out through the pilot study (2007-2011). Breaking all records in comparative communication research, the current study brought together researchers from 66 countries from around the world. In an unprecedented collaborative effort, the study has interviewed over 27,000 journalists between 2012 and 2015, based on a common methodological framework. The questionnaire elicited views of journalists on several issues journalists and news organizations face today, such as journalism’s place in society, ethics, autonomy and influences on newsmaking, journalistic trust in public institutions, and the transformation of journalism in the broadest sense.

The study is currently hosted at LMU Munich and is funded by various organizations.


Brief presentation of WJS (pdf)

Methodological documentation (pdf)

Aggregated data tables for key variables (pdf)