What is good journalism? Comparing Israeli public and journalists' perspectives

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The frequent referencing of service to the public interest as a core professional journalistic value raises the question of the correspondence between the perception of journalists and the public as to what constitutes good and bad journalism. In this study, a sample of Israeli journalists and a sample of the Israeli public were asked a series of questions about the core values and practices of journalism. Results suggest four major conclusions: first, Israeli journalists have a clear, relatively uniform perception of what constitutes worthy journalism. Second, journalists and the public differ in the degrees of significance they assign to various journalistic norms and practices. Third, the public is slightly more positive in its overall assessment of the Israeli media in comparison with the journalists. Finally, the two general assessments are constituted by different, or even opposing, components.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)152-173
Number of pages22
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2006


  • Israel
  • Journalistic values
  • Public opinion

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Communication
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)


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