Valued Skills Among Journalists: An Exploratory Comparison of Six European Nations
2013 (English)Conference paper (Refereed)
Cross-national comparative studies of journalists generally focus on the demographic characteristics and/or the values and role-perception of journalists. Comparisons of journalistic skills have been rare, however. This paper reports the findings from a comparative study of journalists from Britain, Estonia, Germany, Italy, Poland and Sweden. Based on an email survey of 2,238 news professionals, we found that journalistic skills can be grouped into three distinctive dimensions: reporting, editorial and networking skills. The data also show some key similarities – reporting skills are the most highly valued across all six countries, and editorial skills the least valued. But there are also important differences, which we suggest can mainly be explained by historical differences in how the functional role of journalism has been viewed. Editorial skills are more highly valued in Germany, Italy and Poland and reporting skills are accorded the highest value in Britain and Sweden.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
journalism, skill, comparative analysis, Europe
Research subject Media and Communication Studies
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-27488OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-27488DiVA: diva2:624825
ICA 63rd annual conference, "Challenging communication research", London June 17-21 2013