Complicated shades of contemporary journalism: perception of professional roles of Latvian's journalists

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation


Journalists and news organizations in Latvia and around the world are confronted with an unprecedented and multi-faceted crisis. This crisis is seen as constituting a serious threat to journalism’s future existence as a social institution.
The proposed study is a part of third round of global Worlds of Journalism Study, it aims to map levels of risk and uncertainty journalists are facing in Latvia. The concept of risk is used here to refer to an array of existential threats to the viability and sustainability of journalism as an institution that makes a meaningful and vital contribution to social life. Risks primarily emanate from four, partly interrelated sources that influence media: politics, economy, technology, and culture. This project therefore aims to study journalists’ perceptions of these threats and their consequences as well as ways of coping with and adapting to risk. We assess these perceptions in the following domains: editorial autonomy, influences on journalism, journalistic roles, journalistic epistemologies, professional ethics, safety of journalists, and precarity of work.
We have chosen the analysis of perception of journalistic professional roles as the main objective for this conference paper. To complete this aim, we use data of the representative survey of 482 journalists in Latvia (May, 2021).
Latvian journalists choose two main roles that characterize their relations with society, themselves and those in power. Journalists prioritize informative and educative roles, which can be interpreted that journalist perceive themselves, first, a distributors, curators and narrators of information; second, journalists see themselves as educators and, therefore, as mediators and agents of change.
Period27 May 202229 May 2022
Event titleThe 28th Biennial AABS Conference: Baltic Studies at a Crossroads
Event typeConference
LocationSeattle, United StatesShow on map
Degree of RecognitionInternational


  • Worlds of Journalism
  • journalists in Latvia
  • journalist professional identity
  • sustainability of journalism
  • editorial autonomy
  • precarity of work
  • influences on journalism
  • journalistic roles
  • safety of journalists
  • journalistic epistemologies
  • professional ethics
  • normative theory
  • discoursive institutionalism
  • professional roles

Field of Science

  • 5.8 Media and Communication