Factors Influencing Journalism Performance in Developing and Transitional Countries


C. Ann Hollifield, Adam Jacobsson, Eva-Marie Jacobsson, Lee B. Becker and Tudor Vlad


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.

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