¦¦¦¦¦ WJS Convention 2015
The WJS is preparing for its second Convention, to be held in Munich, Germany (6-8 September, 2015). The 2014 Convention was attended by scholars from 40 nations. Check for impressions and presentation slides.

¦¦¦¦¦ Field work
Data collection is currently underway for the 2012-2015 wave of the Worlds of Journalism Study.

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

¦¦¦¦¦ Download tables
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.


Hanitzsch, T. & Berganza, R. (2014). Political Trust among Journalists: Comparative Evidence from 21 Countries, in Canel, M. J. & Voltmer, K. (eds.), Comparing Political Communication across Time and Space: New Studies in an Emerging Field (pp. 137–156). London: Palgrave McMillan.

Mertens, S. (2014). Aspecten van journalistieke cultuur in Vlaanderen: audiovisuele journalisten vergeleken met journalisten van radio en van de schrijvende pers, in d'Haenens, L. & Ichau, E. (eds.), U luistert naar radio: gebruik, functies en productie (pp. 97-111). Gent: Academia Press.

Hanusch, F. (2013). Journalists in times of change: Evidence from a new survey of Australia’s journalistic workforce. Australian Journalism Review 35(1): 27-40.

Reich, Z. & Hanitzsch, T. (2013). Determinants of Journalists’ Professional Autonomy: Individual and National level Factors Matter more than Organizational Ones. Mass Communication and Society 16 (1): 133-156.

1st Worlds of Journalism Convention in Thessaloniki, 27 March 2014  



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