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Thursday, May 5 • 3:30pm - 3:50pm
Factors Influencing Journalism Performance in Developing and Transitional Countries

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In the past quarter century, governments, foundations, and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) have poured vast sums of money into emerging and transitional countries with the goal of developing sustainable, high-quality news media. The goal has been to encourage journalism that meets generally accepted international standards for professional journalism that supports transparent, democratic, non-corrupt government, and economic and civil development.Results of nearly three decades of investment in media development have been mixed, however.This study examines the economic, organizational, legal, and political factors in the ecology of news organizations that are related to the production of quality journalism in developing and transitional countries. The study uses data generated by the International Research and Exchange Board (IREX) and ZenithOptimedia to examine the research question. Fuzzy Set Qualitative Comparative Analysis (fsQCA) is used to test the hypotheses and identify the models of conjunctural causation that help explain the structural conditions that are related to higher levels of journalism performance in the developing countries in the dataset.The research finds no necessary or sufficient conditions for higher-quality journalism – not even a legal regime supporting freedom of expression. The study finds, however, that there are several combinations of structural conditions that are related to improved journalism performance across cases, and several market and political variables that are more important than others in media development.


Lee Becker

University of Georgia
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Ann Hollifield

Professor Emerita; Senior Research Consultant, University of Georgia
Dr. C. Ann Hollifield is Professor Emerita at the University of Georgia.  In 2006, she founded a graduate certificate program in Media Analytics in the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication at UGA, one of the first formal university programs in media analytics in the... Read More →

Adam Jacobsson

University of Stockholm

Eva Marie Jacobsson

KTH Royal Institute of Technology

Tudor Vlad

University of Georgia

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Michel Clement

University of Hamburg
Michel Clement is Professor for Marketing and Media at the Institute for Marketing, Hamburg Business School, University of Hamburg, Germany. He is also director of the Research Center for Media and Communication at the University of Hamburg. Professor Clement holds a doctoral degree... Read More →

Thursday May 5, 2016 3:30pm - 3:50pm EDT
Room Bateman Law School
  Global Issues
  • Manuscript # 1120
  • Session # C12

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