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 (2009-2011, 2014-2015), 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 (2021-2023) aims to continue these directions and incorporate both technological challenges and diverse sources of risk journalists and news organizations are facing.
Austrian Science Fund (FWF): D-A-CH Project I 1341: "Mapping Change in Journalism" (2014-2015, 2nd wave); D-A-CH Project I 4912-G - "Journalism Unfer Duress" (2021-2023, 3rd wave)
Cultural Department of the City of Vienna: "Austrian journalism in an international contex" (2009-2011, 1st wave); subproject "Determinants of the Democratic Quality of Viennese Metropolitan Journalism" (2020-2021, project leader: Andreas Riedl)
Prof. Dr. Thomas Hanitzsch, LMU Munich, Department of Communication Science and Media Research
Prof. Dr. Wiebke Loosen, Leibniz Institute for Media Research | Hans-Bredow-Institute
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.