Setting the agenda, influencing public opinion, and advocating for social change

Hanitzsch, Thomas, Hanusch, Folker, & Lauerer, Corinna (2016) Setting the agenda, influencing public opinion, and advocating for social change. Journalism Studies, 17(1), pp. 1-20.

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This study seeks to contribute to the systematic explanation of journalists’ professional role orientations. Focusing on three aspects of journalistic interventionism – the importance of setting the political agenda, influencing public opinion and advocating for social change – multilevel analyses found substantive variation in interventionism at the individual level of the journalist, the level of the media organizations, and the societal level. Based on interviews with 2100 journalists from 21 countries, findings affirm theories regarding a hierarchy of influences in news work. We found journalists to be more willing to intervene in society when they work in public media organizations and in countries with restricted political freedom. An important conclusion of our analysis is that journalists’ professional role orientations are also rooted within perceptions of cultural and social values. Journalists were more likely to embrace an interventionist role when they were more strongly motivated by the value types of power, achievement and tradition.

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ID Code: 77946
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: comparative research, journalistic interventionism, multilevel analysis, news influences, professional roles, survey
DOI: 10.1080/1461670X.2014.959815
ISSN: 1469-9699
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > JOURNALISM AND PROFESSIONAL WRITING (190300) > Journalism Studies (190301)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Digital Media Research Centre
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Current > Schools > Journalism, Media & Communication
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2014 Taylor & Francis
Copyright Statement: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis Group in Journalism Studies on 30 September 2014, available online at:
Deposited On: 21 Oct 2014 22:51
Last Modified: 30 Mar 2016 16:30

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