Entering the Newsroom: What Rite of Passage?
Faculty of Community Services, Education and Social Sciences
School of Communications and Multimedia
This contribution focuses on research conducted at the German national daily, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, which is part of an ongoing exploration of the induction process of young journalists and/or cadets into the newsroom. Touching on three theoretical areas; the question of comparative journalism research, the question of professional education and research into the importance of the organizational sphere shaping media content, this comparative study underpins the assumption that newsroom practices have an effect on how young journalists carry out their craft. By examining the rite of passage into the newsroom by presenting the same set of questions to young journalists and staff at papers in different geographical locations and operating under different political circumstances, it will be shown that newspapers, in turn, are strongly embedded in their country's media culture.