Communications Media faculty member Nurhaya Muchtar recently published two articles on international journalism in the Taylor and Francis journal Journalism Studies. “Journalists’ Development Journalism Role Perceptions” was published in December 2016, and
“Journalism and the Islamic Worldview” was published in February 2017.
Both articles are a collaborative effort of international journalism scholars from different countries who participated in the Worlds of Journalism Study. The organization, hosted by Ludwig Maximilian University, Munich, Germany, involves journalism and communication professors from about 70 countries located in Asia, Australia, Africa and United States. The joint effort of researchers from around the world is intended to help journalism researchers, practitioners, media managers, and policy makers better understand the worldviews and changes that journalist around the world experienced.
The two papers have a slightly different focus. The paper on journalists’ development journalism role perceptions is a paper discussing how journalists in developing countries perceive their roles amidst changes that exist due to the political and economic situations that directly affect journalists’ perception toward their roles. “Journalism and the Islamic Worldview,” on the other hand, specifically looks at the intersection of religion, in this case, Islam, in 12 predominantly Muslim countries, which include Bangladesh, Indonesia, Malaysia, Qatar, Egypt, Oman, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, Sierra Leone, Sudan, Albania, and Kosovo.
The finding of this study shows that journalists’ roles in Muslim-majority countries are not so much shaped by a distinctively Islamic worldview as they were by the political, economic, and socio-cultural contexts.