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Identity fallout: The draining effects of technological and economic change on newspaper journalists
Unformatted Document Text:  IDENTITY FALLOUT 13 groups are based on the ones generally used by Editor & Publisher (2010). Results Almost three-fifths (58%) of the participating journalists were frontline workers —reporters, copy editors, designers, photographers, and the like—while 38% identified themselves as editors, publishers and other decision-makers. Four percent marked their jobs as “other.” Forty percent were employed at newspapers with circulations of 10,001 to 25,000 and 26% worked at newspapers with circulations of 25,001 to 50,000. Seventeen percent of the journalists worked at newspapers with 50,001 to 100,000 circulations, and 11% were at publications with 100,001 to 250,000 circulations. The remaining circulation groups—250,001 to 500,000 and more than 500,000—had 5% and 1%, respectively. More than one-fifth (22%) of the newspaper journalists were 34 or younger and one-fifth (20%) were between the ages of 35 and 44. Thirty percent were 45 to 54 and 27% were 55 and older. Almost two-thirds (64%) were male and 36% were female. Newspaper journalists’ feelings about their jobs. To answer RQ1, survey participants rated the importance of certain job roles. In almost every case, the journalists believed it was quite important to fulfill those roles, as reported in Table 1.

Authors: Hinsley, Amber.
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IDENTITY FALLOUT  13
groups are based on the ones generally used by Editor & Publisher (2010).
Results
Almost three-fifths (58%) of the participating journalists were frontline workers
—reporters, copy editors, designers, photographers, and the like—while 38% 
identified themselves as editors, publishers and other decision-makers. Four percent 
marked their jobs as “other.”
Forty percent were employed at newspapers with circulations of 10,001 to 
25,000 and 26% worked at newspapers with circulations of 25,001 to 50,000. 
Seventeen percent of the journalists worked at newspapers with 50,001 to 100,000 
circulations, and 11% were at publications with 100,001 to 250,000 circulations. The 
remaining circulation groups—250,001 to 500,000 and more than 500,000—had 5% 
and 1%, respectively. 
More than one-fifth (22%) of the newspaper journalists were 34 or younger and 
one-fifth (20%) were between the ages of 35 and 44. Thirty percent were 45 to 54 
and 27% were 55 and older. Almost two-thirds (64%) were male and 36% were 
female. 
Newspaper journalists’ feelings about their jobs. To answer RQ1, survey 
participants rated the importance of certain job roles. In almost every case, the 
journalists believed it was quite important to fulfill those roles, as reported in Table 1. 


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