The Worlds of Journalism Study (WJS) was founded to regularly assess the state of journalism throughout the world. It is based on representative surveys of journalists on a global scale, carried out by media experts who are part of this academic project.


The Study’s primary objective is to help journalism researchers, practitioners, media managers and policy makers better understand worldviews and changes that are taking place in the professional orientations of journalists, the conditions and limitations under which they operate, as well as the social functions of journalism in a changing world.

Pilot study (2007-2011)

The pilot project was carried out in 2007-2011 and it is based on interviews with 2100 journalists from more than 400 news organizations in 21 countries. This first project had focused on differences in journalism cultures (the role perceptions, orientations and ethical views of journalists), as well as on perceived influences on the news and journalists' trust in public institutions.

Based on the pilot project, a number of tables with country scores on selected key variables are available for download here . Detailed methodological documentation can be accessed here.

2012-2016 study

The second phase of the study brought together researchers from 67 countries from around the world. In an unprecedented collaborative effort, the study has interviewed over 27,500 journalists between 2012 and 2016, based on a common methodological framework.

Data and key table of the second phase can be downloaded here.

Tags: Ethics of journalism Trust in media
Publication Date: 30/11/2016
Source: Worlds of Journalism Study
Dataset format: xls
Accessibility: free