As part of the world's largest journalism study, "Worlds of Journalism", this representative survey examines the profession of journalism and explores the stresses and strains faced by professional journalists in Germany.
The third wave of the study series Worlds of Journalism
has started. The aim of the international research network is to examine the state and change of journalism and to classify the findings comparatively - both across national and cultural borders as well as over time. Research teams in more than 100 countries participate and conduct representative surveys of journalists in their countries based on a jointly developed questionnaire. This unique global cooperation in journalism research is supported by UNESCO, Reporters Without Borders and the International Federation of Journalists, among others. The study series serves as an important source of information for actors in the media, research and politics (cf. www.worldsofjournalism.org
In Germany, the Leibniz Institute for Media Research | Hans-Bredow-Institut (HBI) is responsible for the project. From September 2022 until February 2023, the opinion research institute Ipsos conducted a representative survey of full-time journalists on behalf of the HBI and in close cooperation with the project team. It goes without saying that all provisions of the EU General Data Protection Regulation were complied with.
In addition to the German country report, the results will be included in joint analyses of the DACH region in coordination with the project teams in Austria and Switzerland, as well as in the global comparison. The Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München is responsible for the international coordination.
The survey focuses on how journalists deal with risks and uncertainties in a media world that is characterised by constant political, economic, technological and cultural change. We focus on seven key areas: editorial autonomy, perceived influences on journalism, journalistic roles, journalistic epistemologies, professional ethics, safety of journalists and working conditions in journalism. For the first time since 2015, we also collect important key figures on the journalistic profession.
In order to enable a comparison between countries, the survey was based on a uniform methodological design. It includes a common questionnaire as well as instructions on defining the populations, sampling, conducting the data collection and collecting and processing survey data. Participants were drawn in a two-stage stratified random sample and then contacted by the survey institute.
In addition to the representative survey, various groups of so-called "peripheral actors" who operate more on the fringes of established journalism will be surveyed in Germany, Austria and Switzerland in the further course of the project in fall 2023.
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