The J Word 1.8: How to Stay in (or Leave) Digital Journalism
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This episode focuses on how and why journalists leave the field. This is not an episode to shame people who left, or who may, and it is also not one meant to keep people in jobs that might be abusive or harmful, but it is one that takes the reasons people stay or leave seriously. From Mexico, Víctor Hugo Reyna looks at the role of “job control” as an influence in people deciding if the job is right for them, while Halliki Harro-Loit in Estonia discusses findings from the Worlds of Journalism Study of journalists in 60+ countries about their perceptions of time pressure on their jobs. And from the Netherlands, Mirjam Prenger focuses on journalists who left to the public relations “Dark Side." Together, we focus on the role of technology, creative freedom, safety, and how to improve work conditions for journalists across the globe.

Articles Featured in this Episode:

Reyna, V. H. (2020). “This Is My Exit Sign”: Job Control Deficit, Role Strain and Turnover in Mexican Journalism. Journalism Practice, 1-17.

Harro-Loit, H., & Josephi, B. (2020). Journalists’ Perception of Time Pressure: A Global Perspective. Journalism Practice, 14(4), 395-411. 

Kester, B., & Prenger, M. (2020). The Turncoat Phenomenon: Role Conceptions of PR Practitioners Who Used To Be Journalists. Journalism Practice, 1-18.

Produced and hosted by Robert (Ted) Gutsche, Jr.

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