Journalism students’ motivations and expectations of their work in comparative perspective

Folker Hanusch, Claudia Mellado, Priscilla Boshoff, María Luisa Humanes, Salvador De León, Fabio Pereira, Mireya Márquez Ramírez, Sergio Roses, Federico Subervi, Vinzenz Wyss, Lyuba Yez

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Based on a survey of 4,393 journalism students in Australia, Brazil, Chile, Mexico, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, and the United States, this study provides muchneeded comparative evidence about students’ motivations for becoming journalists, their future job plans, and expectations. Findings show not only an almost universal decline in students’ desire to work in journalism by the end of their program but also important national differences in terms of the journalistic fields in which they want to work, as well as their job expectations. The results reinforce the need to take into account national contexts when examining journalism education across the globe.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)141-160
Number of pages20
JournalJournalism and Mass Communication Educator
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1 Oct 2015


  • Hard news
  • Job expectation
  • Job motivation
  • Journalism education
  • Journalism students


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