Journalism | Topics Colloquium: The Global Journalist
J660 | 30268 | David H. Weaver
04:00P-06:30P T EP 207
The past decade has seen dramatic changes in journalism around the world with the rise of
the Internet and social media such as Twitter and Facebook. The times have never been
more uncertain for journalists, it seems. Reports of layoffs, buyouts or general staff
reductions have become an everyday occurrence on Web sites that report on journalism.
Given this context it is more important than ever to systematically assess the
demographics, education, socialization, professional attitudes and working conditions of
journalists in various countries around the world. A major assumption of these studies is
that journalistsí backgrounds, working conditions, and ideas are related to what is reported
and how it is covered in the various news media around the world.
This is both a readings and research seminar that aims to acquaint you with major studies
of journalists in the U.S. and many other countries during the first nine weeks of the
semester before spring break. It also provides an opportunity for you to do some original
research on journalists in the second part of the semester after the break. Because this is
a 600-level seminar, I expect familiarity with quantitative and qualitative research methods
and data analysis techniques. The papers that you produce for this class from the research
projects should be of publishable quality.