Worlds of journalism

24 06 2008

One way to advance theory formation in social science is to conduct large scale survey studies. The Worlds of Journalism research project does just that:

The overall objective of the project is to map journalistic cultures onto a grid of common dimensions and explore their variation across nations, various types of news organizations and different professional milieus. Another goal is to identify the driving forces behind the still existing differences in journalistic cultures.

Armed with a “deductive and etic” theoretical framework, the project aims to “deconstruct journalism culture in empirically measurable terms and assess its functionality across cultural boundaries”. That sounds ambitious but oh so timely and interesting. Download the project presentation here (.ppt). Methodological skepticism aside, this project is a beacon of clarity.

Worlds of Journalism




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