Cross-national comparative studies of journalists generally focus on the demographic
characteristics and/or the values and role-perception of journalists. Systematic studies
of journalistic skills have been rare, however. This article reports the findings from
a comparative study of journalists from Britain, Estonia, Germany, Italy, Poland, and
Sweden. Based on an email survey of 2238 news professionals, journalistic skills can
be grouped into three distinctive dimensions: reporting, editing, and networking skills.
The data also show a number of similarities, but also important differences regarding
the importance journalists give to different professional skills in different European
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Comparative analysis, Europe, journalism culture, journalism practice, professional