ERIC Number: ED367990
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-May
Reference Count: N/A
Coping with the New System: Self-Assessment, Role-Definition and Professional Expectations of Journalism Students in Former GDR after Democratization.
A study investigated what kind of expectations former GDR (German Democratic Republic) journalism students have about their futures as journalists and what their general perceptions of journalism are. About 80 journalism students in their last semester at Leipzig University were administered surveys during the two days directly preceding the official (re)unification of Germany. A total of 58 students responded, but not all students answered all of the questions. Results indicated that (1) 83% of the students passed a one-year journalism trainee program at a media organization or had professional experience via journalism internship programs; (2) 63% of the students said they would choose to work in print media rather than television or radio; (3) the students were not very willing to work for non-political magazines; (4) 36 of the 58 students refused to respond when asked to indicate the main influence on their decision to study journalism; (5) the two classic models of journalists as "critic/controller" or as "educator" were the most important or played the biggest role for the students; and (6) 97% of the students felt that the possibility to apply individual abilities and individual expertise were very important, while compatibility of job and family life was more important for females than males. Findings suggest that after nearly a year of experience with the new society and the system of freedom of the press, the journalism students, perhaps more than ever, see their role as journalists as an altruistic one. (One table and 26 references are included.) (RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: East Germany; Journalism Research; Student Surveys
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the International Communication Association (43rd, Washington, DC, May 27-31, 1993).