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Identity fallout: The draining effects of technological and economic change on newspaper journalists
Unformatted Document Text:  IDENTITY FALLOUT 19 about economic changes affecting job roles and the journalists’ OI: r(219)=.37, p<.001, one-tailed. This is considered a moderately strong relationship. Journalists at the largest-circulation newspapers did not contribute to support for H2: r(43)=-.04, p=.40. Discussion Journalists rated the importance of several job roles based on ones used in the American Journalist studies (Weaver et al., 2007), and Table 1 highlights the newspaper workers’ perceptions of their ability to perform those job roles related to technological and economic changes. The top three items—getting stories covered that should be covered, being objective, and being a watchdog for the public—all declined when technological and economic changes were considered. These findings illustrate journalists’ feelings that technological and economic changes are dampening their abilities to perform some of the main tenets of the profession. Technology changes fared far better than economic ones when journalists were asked to consider how those types of changes had affected their ability to perform their job roles—journalists recognize technology can help make their journalism better, such as with getting information to the public quickly. But, as illustrated in Table 1, most of their technology-change scores were lower than the role-importance ones. The journalists reported moderate support for specific technology tasks improving the quality of their work. Creating photo galleries or slideshows and adding links to stories topped the list, and several journalists—mainly photographers and reporters—noted in the open comments area of the survey that they see these tasks as being extensions of their job roles. Journalists were less enthusiastic about the

Authors: Hinsley, Amber.
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IDENTITY FALLOUT  19
about economic changes affecting job roles and the journalists’ OI: r(219)=.37, 
p<.001, one-tailed. This is considered a moderately strong relationship. Journalists at 
the largest-circulation newspapers did not contribute to support for H2: r(43)=-.04, 
p=.40.
Discussion
Journalists rated the importance of several job roles based on ones used in the 
American Journalist studies (Weaver et al., 2007), and Table 1 highlights the 
newspaper workers’ perceptions of their ability to perform those job roles related to 
technological and economic changes. The top three items—getting stories covered 
that should be covered, being objective, and being a watchdog for the public—all 
declined when technological and economic changes were considered. These findings 
illustrate journalists’ feelings that technological and economic changes are 
dampening their abilities to perform some of the main tenets of the profession. 
Technology changes fared far better than economic ones when journalists were asked 
to consider how those types of changes had affected their ability to perform their job 
roles—journalists recognize technology can help make their journalism better, such 
as with getting information to the public quickly. But, as illustrated in Table 1, most of 
their technology-change scores were lower than the role-importance ones.
The journalists reported moderate support for specific technology tasks 
improving the quality of their work. Creating photo galleries or slideshows and adding 
links to stories topped the list, and several journalists—mainly photographers and 
reporters—noted in the open comments area of the survey that they see these tasks 
as being extensions of their job roles. Journalists were less enthusiastic about the 


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