The Worlds of Journalism Study (WJS) – Austria

Abstract


The "Worlds of Journalism" Study is an academically driven project that was founded to regularly assess the state of journalism throughout the world. The principal purpose of the research project is to help journalism researchers, policy makers and practitioners better understand the changes that are taking place in the professional orientations of journalists, the constraints under which they work, and the social functions of journalism in a changing world. Such a study is especially relevant at a time of unprecedented change in public communication and dramatic transformation within the institution of journalism, all of which may have important ramifications for society and public discourse. The study therefore aims to assess the state of journalism in Germany, Austria and Switzerland – comparing and contrasting it to that in other societies around the world. In the first two waves of the project (2007-2011, 2012-2016), the study focused on differences in journalism cultures (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 upcoming third wave aims to continue these directions and incorporate both technological challenges and diverse sources of risk journalists and news organizations are facing.

Financing


Austrian Science Fund (FWF) (D-A-CH Project I-1341: 2nd wave - Mapping Change in Journalism)

Cultural Department of the City of Vienna (1st wave)

CMC Staff


Marlene Dietrich-Gsenger (September 2017 - January 2018)

Marie-Isabell Lohmann (January 2014 - January 2017)

Andreas Riedl (Contact)

Josef Seethaler (Project Leader)


Survey Research (2nd wave):

Marta Barwinska, Valentina Dopona, Fridolin Mallmann

Cooperation Partners


Prof. Dr. Thomas Hanitzsch, LMU Munich, Department of Communication Science and Media Research

Prof. Dr. Vinzenz Wyss, Zurich University of Applied Sciences

The “Worlds of Journalism Study” is a joint effort of researchers from currently more than 100 countries from all around the world.

Publications and Lectures


Books and Monographs

Books and Monographs

Articles and Book Chapters

Articles and Book Chapters

  • Lohmann, M. -I., & Riedl, A. (2019). Public nuisance or an asset to democracy? Does the free press aim to provide a public service? An empirical study examining journalistic functions within the normative framework of the EU. Scoms: Studies In Communication Sciences, 18, 215–229. doi:10.24434/j.scoms.2018.02.002
  • Riedl, A. (2018). Which journalists for which democracy? Liberal-representative, deliberative and participatory roles among Austrian journalists. Journalism Studies, 20, 1377-1399. doi:10.1080/1461670X.2018.1519638
  • Seethaler, J. (2017). New worlds of journalism: How Austrian, German and Swiss journalists perceive innovation and change. In A. Kaltenbrunner, Karmasin, M., & Kraus, D. (Eds.), Journalism report V: Innovation and transition (pp. 53-67). Wien: Facultas.
  • Lauerer, C., Steindl, N., Hanitzsch, T., Lohmann, M. -I., Seethaler, J., Dingerkus, F., & Wyss, V. (2017). Alarmierende Verhältnisse oder viel Lärm um Nichts? Ökonomischer Druck auf Journalisten in Medienunternehmen in Deutschland, Österreich und der Schweiz [Alarming conditions or a lot of noise about nothing? Economic pressure on journalists in media companies in Germany, Austria and Switzerland]. In I. Stapf, Prinzing, M., & Filipovic, A. (Eds.), Gesellschaft ohne Diskurs? Digitaler Wandel und Journalismus aus medienethischer Perspektive (pp. 201-218). Baden-Baden: Nomos.
  • Seethaler, J. (2013). Das Redaktionsgeheimnis zwischen Machttransparenz, freier Meinungsäußerung und politischer Partizipation [The protection of sources between transparency, freedom of expression and political participation]. In H. Koziol, Seethaler, J., & Thiede, T. (Eds.), Medienpolitik und Recht II. Presserat, WikiLeaks und Redaktionsgeheimnis (pp. 145-160). Wien: Jan Sramek.
  • Hanitzsch, T., Seethaler, J., Skewes, E. A., Anikina, M., Berganza, R., Carlos, J., et al. (2012). Worlds of journalism: Journalistic cultures, professional autonomy and perceived influences across 18 nations. In D. H. Weaver & Willnat, L. (Eds.), The global journalist in the 21st century. London, New York: Routledge.
  • Seethaler, J. (2012). Krise des Journalismus - Handlungsbedarf für Politik, Medienunternehmen und Journalisten [The crisis of journalism - A call for action for companies, politicians, and journalists]. In O. Jarren, Künzler, M., & Puppis, M. (Eds.), Medienwandel oder Medienkrise (pp. 81-92). Baden-Baden: Nomos.
  • Hanitzsch, T., Seethaler, J., Hanusch, F., Mellado, C., Anikina, M., Berganza, R., et al. (2011). Mapping journalism cultures across nations: A comparative study of 18 countries. Journalism Studies, 12, 273-293. doi:10.1080/1461670X.2010.512502
  • Seethaler, J. (2010). Öffentliche Aufgabe und Wahrhaftigkeitspflicht in der Berichterstattung: Kommunikationswissenschaftliche Aspekte [The public service function of the media and the journalists' duty of accuracy: A view from communication research]. In H. Koziol, Seethaler, J., & Thiede, T. (Eds.), Medienpolitik und Recht: Media Governance, Wahrhaftigkeitspflicht und sachgerechte Haftung (pp. 65-80). Wien: Jan Sramek.
  • Hanitzsch, T., Seethaler, J., Berganza, R., Cangoz, I., Coman, M., Hamada, B., et al. (2010). Modeling perceived influences on journalism: Evidence from a cross-national survey of journalists. Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, 87, 7-24.
  • Hanitzsch, T., & Seethaler, J. (2009). Journalismuswelten - Ein Vergleich von Journalismuskulturen in 17 Ländern [Worlds of journalism - A comparison of journalism cultures in 17 countries]. Medien & Kommunikationswissenschaft, 57, 464-483.
  • Seethaler, J. (2009). Rezension/Book review: Oliver Hahn; Roland Schröder (Hrsg.), Journalistische Kulturen: Internationale und interdisziplinäre Theoriebausteine (Köln: Halem, 2008). Rezensionen:kommunikation:medien, 16. Juni 2009. Retrieved from http://www.rkm-journal.de/archives/512

Research Papers

Research Papers

  • Lohmann, M. -I., & Seethaler, J. (2016). Journalists in Austria: Country report. The Worlds of Journalism Study (www.worldsofjournalism.org). Retrieved from Worlds of Journalism Study (www.worldsofjournalism.org)

Lectures

Lectures

  • 26/05/2019 , Washington, D.C.
    Andreas Riedl: 
    Why bite the hand that feeds you? Politicians’ and journalists’ perceptions of common conflicts
    69th Annual Conference of the International Communication Association (ICA)
  • 24/05/2019 , Washington, D.C.
    Andreas Riedl: 
    What drives the democratic quality of journalistic news coverage?
    5th ICA Journalism Studies Graduate Student Colloquium at the 69th Annual Conference of the International Communication Association
  • 25/05/2017 , San Diego, CA
    Andreas Riedl: 
    Journalistic role perceptions as an expression of democratic potentials? Comparative evidence for the democratic orientation of European journalists
    Preconference "Media Performance and Democracy - The Debate Continues" to the ICA 67th Annual Conference
  • 01/04/2017 , Düsseldorf
    Andreas Riedl: 
    Journalistische Selbstverständnisse als Ausdruck demokratischer Potentiale? Demokratietheoretisch fundierte Ergebnisse einer Befragung österreichischer JournalistInnen [Journalistic role perceptions as an expression of democratic potentials?]
    13. Düsseldorfer Forum Politische Kommunikation
  • 12/11/2016 , Prague
    Josef Seethaler,  Marie-Isabell Lohmann: 
    Precarious working conditions in journalism? A comparative analysis of the situation in Austria, Germany and Switzerland
    6th European Communication Conference – ECREA
  • 11/11/2016 , Prague
    Josef Seethaler,  Marie-Isabell Lohmann,  Andreas Riedl: 
    Changing notions of democracy – changing roles of journalism? Results of a multi-method study in Austria
    6th European Communication Conference – ECREA
  • 27/07/2016 , Leicester
    Marie-Isabell Lohmann: 
    Does western journalism still provide public service?
    Annual conference of the International Association for Media Communication Research (IAMCR)
  • 14/07/2016 , Auckland
    Marie-Isabell Lohmann: 
    The future of public service in western journalism
    World Journalism Education Congress
  • 25/06/2016 , Kassel
    Andreas Riedl: 
    Welche JournalistInnen für welche Demokratie? Demokratietheoretisch abgeleitete Selbstverständnisse bei österreichischen JournalistInnen im Spiegel gegenwärtiger journalistischer Wandlungsprozesse [Which journalists for which democracy? ]
    8. Kolloquium des Nachwuchsnetzwerks politische Kommunikation (NapoKo)
  • 31/03/2016 , Leipzig
    Josef Seethaler,  Marie-Isabell Lohmann: 
    Ökonomischer Druck auf Journalisten in Medienunternehmen: alarmierende Verhältnisse oder viel Lärm um Nichts? [Economic pressure on journalists: alarming condition or much ado about nothing?]
    61st Annual Conference of the German Communication Association (DGPuK)
  • 16/03/2016 , Metz
    Marie-Isabell Lohmann: 
    Can the free daily press provide public service?
    Conference on the Free Daily Press in Europe 1995-2015
  • 06/10/2015 , Kristiansand
    Marie-Isabell Lohmann: 
    Can there be a future for a public function in European journalism
    Global Journalism Symposium 2015. Values shaping our future
  • 20/03/2012 , Wien, ÖAW
    Josef Seethaler: 
    Das Redaktionsgeheimnis zwischen Machttransparenz, freier Meinungsäußerung und politischer Partizipation [The protection of sources between transparency, freedom of expression and political participation]
    Symposium Medienpolitik und Recht 6 - Redaktionsgeheimnis
  • 17/09/2010 , Düsseldorf
    Josef Seethaler: 
    Krise des Journalismus [The crisis of journalism]
    Medienwandel und Medienkrise [The crisis of journalism]
  • 16/10/2008 , Wien
    Josef Seethaler: 
    Öffentliche Aufgabe und Wahrhaftigkeitspflicht in der Berichterstattung: Kommunikationswissenschaftliche Aspekte [Public service and the duty of truthfulness in reporting: communication science aspects]
    Medien und Recht I: Öffentliche Aufgabe und Wahrhaftigkeitspflicht in der Berichterstattung

Popular Publications

Popular Publications

  • Seethaler, J. (2016). Unparteiische Beobachter unter Druck [Interview mit Patricia Käfer]. Die Presse. Retrieved from https://diepresse.com/home/science/5082823/Medien_Unparteiische-Beobachter-unter-Druck

Popular Talks

Popular Talks