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Identity fallout: The draining effects of technological and economic change on newspaper journalists
Unformatted Document Text:  IDENTITY FALLOUT 15 items: Cronbach’s α=.76. Reliability of technology changes on job roles: Cronbach’s α=.87. Reliability of economic changes on job roles: Cronbach’s α=.93. RQ2 & RQ3 explored journalists’ perceptions of how technological and economic changes have affected their ability to perform their job roles. Nearly three- quarters (74%) of the journalists work more than 40 hours per week, and most believe technological (81%) and economic (86%) changes at their organizations have resulted in a greater workload. The newspaper journalists’ perceptions about the impact of economic changes on their job roles were markedly glum: The lowest-rated item on the economic-impact scale, getting stories covered that should be covered, was the highest-rated one when journalists reported the importance of their job roles in Table 1. Technological changes fared better, although the summed mean of the 11 items was more than 12 points lower than the journalists’ rankings of the importance they place on being able to perform those job roles. Table 2 describes newspaper journalists’ feelings toward some of the technology tasks they perform. The journalists gave at least moderate credit to the technology tasks as improving the quality of their work. Several of the items illustrate components of journalists’ job roles, such as getting information to the public quickly.

Authors: Hinsley, Amber.
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IDENTITY FALLOUT  15
items: Cronbach’s α=.76. Reliability of technology changes on job roles: Cronbach’s α=.87. Reliability 
of economic changes on job roles: Cronbach’s α=.93.
RQ2 & RQ3 explored journalists’ perceptions of how technological and 
economic changes have affected their ability to perform their job roles. Nearly three-
quarters (74%) of the journalists work more than 40 hours per week, and most 
believe technological (81%) and economic (86%) changes at their organizations have 
resulted in a greater workload. 
The newspaper journalists’ perceptions about the impact of economic changes 
on their job roles were markedly glum: The lowest-rated item on the economic-impact 
scale, getting stories covered that should be covered, was the highest-rated one 
when journalists reported the importance of their job roles in Table 1. Technological 
changes fared better, although the summed mean of the 11 items was more than 12 
points lower than the journalists’ rankings of the importance they place on being able 
to perform those job roles.
Table 2 describes newspaper journalists’ feelings toward some of the 
technology tasks they perform. The journalists gave at least moderate credit to the 
technology tasks as improving the quality of their work. Several of the items illustrate 
components of journalists’ job roles, such as getting information to the public quickly.


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