South African journalists are invited to participate in a ground-breaking journalism research project, the Worlds of Journalism Study, which is conducted in eighty countries around the globe. The project deals with the way in which journalists view their role in a vastly changing media, socio-economic and political environment.
Very little comparative scientific knowledge exists globally on how journalists perceive the changes and challenges that confront them. The Worlds of Journalism Study (WJS) aims to address this issue directly by way of a specially designed questionnaire, which journalists are invited to complete.
All journalists working for the South African news media can participate in the WJS. During December 2013, invitations have been sent to all the editors and broadcast news channel heads in the country to gain permission for the WJS research team to conduct the Worlds of Journalism Study amongst their news staff.
Journalists will be requested by email to complete the e-questionnaire. Filling in the confidential questionnaire is voluntary. The researchers hope to receive as many possible complete questionnaires as the sample frame is aimed at the total population of South African journalists working in the news media.
The lead investigators of the South African phase of the Worlds of Journalism Study are Prof Arrie de Beer, Department of Journalism, Stellenbosch University, and Prof Herman Wasserman, School of Journalism and Media Studies, Rhodes University (Twitter).
The international WJS project is led by Prof Thomas Hanitzsch, University of Munich, and an executive committee and an advising board of eminent international media scholars.
Please click through the website to read more about the project and the questionnaire.
You can voluntary request an interactive confidential WJS eQuestionnaire by completing and submitting the eFeedback form below.
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South African phase of the WJS
iMasa - Research
iMasa, the Institute for Media Analysis in South Africa, is a media research organisation based in Stellenbosch, South Africa.
It conducted the first national newsroom skills audit for the South African National Editors' Forum (Sanef) in 2002, and is now involved in the Worlds of Journalism Study in South Africa.