“Global journalism” is a specific reporting style that provides a global perspective on relevant issues and how they affect different parts of the world. We continue to work on this concept of “between Dream and Reality” (Leuven & Berglez et al., 2015) through Public Scholarship (Buroway, 2005). As a relevant issue, we focus on the “Global Trust Deficit Disorder” in and between nation-states, which UN Secretary Antonio Gutierrez describes as a global loss of trust in the core institutions of Politics, Business, and Media with Populism and Polarization on the march (Flew, 2021; Hanitzsch & Van Dalen et al., 2018). Public Scholarship aims to address global injustices, understand the public, and co-create new and unconventional knowledge for a better world (Waisbord, 2020; Billard & Waisbord, 2024). In doing so, we combine the Future Lab Method (Jungk & Müllert, 1979) with standards of empirical social science.

We will discuss the body of knowledge in international media research ranging from the Theories of the Press (Siebert et al., 1956) over Comparing Media Systems (Hallin & Mancini 2004, 2011) to Worlds of Journalism (Hanitzsch, Hanusch, et al., 2019). In addition, students get familiar with the empirical methods of journalism studies. Theoretically, we focus on the aim to decenter Media Studies (Waisbord & Mellado, 2014), Public Diplomacy in International Communication (Gilboa, 2023), and developments of the Bourdieus Field Theory to design a transnational field of Journalism (Christin, 2017). As an outcome, each Student constructs a national field of journalism for a selected country based on Media Data such as Revenue, Circulation, and audience structure (Benson & Neveu, 2005). We theorize and summarize the national field results to conceptualize a Global field of journalism.