Newswork within a Culture of Job Insecurity: Producing News amidst Organizational and Industry Uncertainty

Ekdale, B., Tully, M., Harmsen, S. & Singer, J. (2015). Newswork within a Culture of Job Insecurity: Producing News amidst Organizational and Industry Uncertainty. Journalism Practice, 9(3), pp. 383-398. doi: 10.1080/17512786.2014.963376

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Abstract

Rapid change in the news industry and the prevalence of layoffs, buyouts, and closings have led many newsworkers to experience job insecurity and worry about their long-term futures in journalism. Our research uses a case study of employees at an independently owned media company in the United States to explore the various ways newsworkers respond to this culture of job insecurity and how their responses affect efforts to change news practices. Findings demonstrate that those who believe their jobs are at risk are unlikely to change their practices and even some who perceive job security are reticent to initiate change. As a result, the culture of job insecurity in the news industry has a limiting effect on changes to journalism practice.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis Group in Journalism Practice on 08/10/2014, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/17512786.2014.963376.
Uncontrolled Keywords: layoff survivors, newsworkers, precarious work, risk society, sociology of news
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General)
Divisions: School of Arts > Department of Journalism
URI: http://openaccess.city.ac.uk/id/eprint/4244

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