Polish journalism: A profession still in transition?


  • Agnieszka Stępińska Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań




journalists, Poland, proffessional roles, proffesional standards, students, transition, proffesional values


This paper aims at presenting the conclusions drawn from a systematic review of the studies conducted among Polish journalists since the 1970s. By comparing results of the studies on journalists with expectations and attitudes of current Polish journalism students, the paper offers an insight into the ongoing changes that have been observed among Polish journalists in the last four decades. In particular, the review revealed significant changes in a demographic profile of Polish journalists regarding gender, education, and employment, as well as their motivation to work in the profession. Furthermore, professional values of journalism in Poland have been slightly shifting from a traditional profile of a social educator and watchdog to new ones, such as a news provider.

Author Biography

Agnieszka Stępińska, Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań

Agnieszka Stępińska, Ph.D. hab., is a professor at the Faculty of Political Science and Journalism at the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, Poland. Her main areas of research are political communication, journalism and media content. She is currently a vicechair of the Working Group of the COST ACTION IS1308 “Populist Political Communication in Europe. Comprehending the Challenge of Mediated Political Populism for Democratic Politics” and a leader of a national research team in the international project “Journalistic Role Performance Around the Globe”.




How to Cite

Stępińska, A. (2017). Polish journalism: A profession still in transition? . Central European Journal of Communication, 10(1(18), 32-47. https://doi.org/10.19195/1899-5101.10.1(18).3



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