¦¦¦¦¦ WJS Convention 2015
About 60 researchers from 45 countries have attended the 2nd WJS Convention, which took place on September 5-8 in Munich, Germany. During event, the WJS network also paved the way for a third wave of surveys, to be conducted in 2020. For the presented slides, please look here.

¦¦¦¦¦ New Executive Committee
The newly elected WJS Executive Committee has already started pursuing its agenda. The ExCo (2015-2020) consists of Thomas Hanitzsch (Chair), Folker Hanusch (Vice-Chair), Arnold de Beer, Ashraf Galal Hassan Bayoumy, Epp Lauk, Martin Oller Alonso, and Jyotika Ramaprasad.

¦¦¦¦¦ Data Sharing Protocol
The Data Sharing Protocol clarifies matters related to the data ownership, management and sharing, dissemination and publication policies, as well as attribution rules.

¦¦¦¦¦ Download data set (pilot study)
A consolidated data set with interview responses from 2100 journalists in 21 countries can now be downloaded from the Downloads section.

¦¦¦¦¦ Download tables (pilot study)
Updated tables with country scores on selected key variables are available for download from the Downloads section.

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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.

The study's findings and conceptual background are published in various academic journals, including the Journal of Communication, Communication Theory, International Communication Gazette, International Journal of Press/Politics, Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, Mass Communication & Society, and Journalism Studies. On the basis of our findings we were, for instance, able to identify four global professional milieus of journalists that exist almost everywhere in the world: the populist disseminator, detached watchdog, critical change agent, and the opportunist facilitator (see Figure). (read more)

A number of tables with country scores on selected key variables are available for download from the Downloads section.

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


Josephi, B. (2015). Journalists for a Young Democracy. Journalism Studies, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/1461670X.2015.1065199.

Hanusch, F. & Uppal, C. (2015). Combining detached watchdog journalism with development ideals: An exploration of Fijian journalism culture. International Communication Gazette, DOI: 10.1177/1748048515597873.

Hanusch, F. (2015). Transformative times: Australian journalists’ perceptions of changes in their work. Media International Australia, 155: 38-53.

de Beer, A.S., Láb, F., Strielkowski, W., & Tejkalová, A.N. (2015). Business Influence on Media News Processing: A comparison of journalists’ perceptions in the Czech Republic and South Africa. Economics and Sociology, 8(1), 222-233.

2nd Worlds of Journalism Convention in Munich, 5-8 September 2015  



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