Journalistic Role Conception and Role Performance: Research Instruments and Data Sets for Hong Kong and Mainland China

  • SPARKS, Colin (PI)
  • HUANG, Yu (CoI)

Project: Digital scholarship project

Project Details


Project co-developed with the University Library.

The data presented here was gathered as part of the international collaborative project “Journalistic Role Performance around the Globe.” This project, led by Professor Claudia Mellado from the Pontifical University of Valparaiso in Chile, brings together research from 18 states, plus the Hong Kong SAR. More details about the project can be found at The aim of the project is, as the website says: “addresses the disconnection between ideals and practice in journalism, analysing how different dimensions of professional roles materialize in the news product.”
This site contains the data and further information concerning two separate but linked investigations, one of a sample of 5 papers from the mainland Chinese press and the other of a sample of 3 papers from the Hong Kong SAR press. These investigations were made possible by grants from the HKBU Research Committee (FRG2/13-14/038) and the Hong Kong University Grants Council (GRF HKBU 12406914). The research was conducted by a team led by Professor Colin Sparks and including Professor Huang Yu and Dr Lü Nan from HKBU with Professor Wang Haiyan from Sun Yat-Sen University in Guangzhou.

The purpose of this data is to provide the material for comparing journalists’ professional role conceptions (what they think they do) with their professional role performance (what they actually do). The results of the survey record their role conceptions and the results of the content analysis record their role performance. By analysing this material it is possible to provide empirical evidence as to the relationship between conceptions and performance.
Effective start/end date1/07/1631/05/17


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