This book provides case studies, many incorporating in-depth interviews and surveys of journalists. It examines issues such as journalists’ attitudes toward their contributions to society; the impact of industry and technological changes; culture and minority issues in the newsroom and profession; the impact of censorship and self-censorship; and coping with psychological pressures and physical safety dilemmas. Its chapters also highlight journalists’ challenges in national and multinational contexts. International scholars, conducting research within a wide range of authoritarian, semi-democratic, and democratic systems, contributed to this examination of journalistic practices in the Arab World, Australia, Bangladesh, Bulgaria, China, Denmark, India, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Malaysia, Mexico, Russia, Samoa, South Africa, Taiwan, Turkey, and the United States.

chapter 1|10 pages


Exploring the Terrain: How Global Journalists Personally and Professionally Navigate 21st Century Barriers and Alter the Field
ByRobyn S. Goodman

part I|69 pages

Journalists’ Attitudes toward Their Jobs and the Profession

chapter 2|11 pages

Serving the People and the Party

Chinese Journalists’ Passion and Regrets on the Job
ByJiafei Yin

chapter 3|11 pages

Australian Journalists at Work

Their Views on Employment, Unionization, and Professional Identity
ByPenny O’Donnell

chapter 4|12 pages

TV News in India

Journalists in Transition
ByIndira S. Somani, Jane O’Boyle

chapter 5|10 pages

“It’s like a family!”

How Danish Journalists Unite Across Broadcasters
ByLine Hassall Thomsen

chapter 6|12 pages

Journalists in Taiwan

Marketplace Challenges in a Free Media System
ByCheryl Ann Lambert, H. Denis Wu

chapter 7|11 pages

Community Radio in Bangladesh

Limited Reach with Unlimited Impact
ByImran Hasnat, Elanie Steyn

part II|33 pages

Confronting Change

chapter 8|11 pages

Caste, Politics, Religion, and Region vs. Journalistic Profession

A Crisis of Deference in Indian Journalism
ByC.S.H.N. Murthy

chapter 9|11 pages

Russia’s Regional Media

Paths to Independence and Financial Survival
ByWilson Lowrey, Elina Erzikova

chapter 10|9 pages

Journalists in an Age of Technology

Covering a Turbulent Arab World
ByNadia Rahman

part III|34 pages

Ethics and Standards

chapter 11|14 pages

Professional Ethics

High Levels of Corruption in Kenyan Journalism Practice
ByKioko Ireri

chapter 12|10 pages

“When It Bleeds It Still Leads”

Malaysian Crime Reporters, Ethics, and Decision-Making
BySharon Wilson

chapter 13|10 pages

Reporting on Both Sides

An Investigative Journalist on the U.S.-Mexico Border
BySergio Haro Cordero, Luz María Ortega Villa, Graciela Tapia Corrales

part IV|36 pages

Culture and Minority Issues

chapter 14|13 pages

Chasing Dreams in the United States

Chinese Ethnic Media Journalists and Their Roles in Local News Coverage
ByXinxin Amy Yang

chapter 15|11 pages

When an Editor Decides to Listen to a City

Heather Robertson, The Herald, and Nelson Mandela Bay
ByAnthea Garman, Vanessa Malila

chapter 16|12 pages

Fa’a Samoa and the Fourth Estate

How Samoan Journalists Negotiate Complex Traditional Values, Beliefs, and Protocols
ByMarie Oelgemöller

part V|46 pages

Journalists and Press Freedom under Fire

chapter 17|13 pages

Kyrgyzstan’s Journalists

Working under Fear
ByBahtiyar Kurambayev

chapter 18|13 pages

Journalists Jailed and Muzzled

Censorship in Turkey during AKP Rule
ByDuygu Kanver

chapter 19|11 pages

“Bear in Mind… and Do Not Bite the Hand That Feeds You”

Institutionalized Self-Censorship and Its Impact on Journalistic Practice in Postcommunist Countries—the Case of Bulgaria
ByLada Trifonova Price

chapter 20|9 pages


Through the Looking Glass
ByEric Freedman