Becoming Journalists: A Comparision of the Professional Attitudes and Values of British and Spanish Journalism Students
This study discusses data from the most extensive survey of journalism students conducted in Britain, and similar data from Spanish journalism students, collected as they commence their studies in journalism. It shows that significant differences exist between these countries in students¿ motivations to be journalists, including `public service¿ motives, and in their views on the social roles of news media. Yet, British and Spanish students exhibit similar views on journalism ethics. To consider effects of `professionalization¿, students¿ responses are compared with those of experienced journalists previously surveyed in both countries. The findings suggest that distinct, national journalistic `cultures¿ have influenced students before they arrive at university.
Vol. 23(2): 133-152