Newswork Within a Culture of Job Insecurity

  • Ekdale B
  • Tully M
  • Harmsen S
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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.

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Authors

  • Brian Ekdale

  • Melissa Tully

  • Shawn Harmsen

  • Jane B. Singer

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