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Identity fallout: The draining effects of technological and economic change on newspaper journalists
Unformatted Document Text:  IDENTITY FALLOUT 23 Although the relationships supporting the hypotheses were not strong ones, the findings in this research confirmed that technological and economic changes at newspapers play a role in journalists’ identification with their organizations. Other factors, however, may have more significant influence on those relationships. Job type and circulation size were found to be two such influences. Job type, for example, helped to differentiate which types of journalists may be more strongly affected by their perceptions about the impact of technology changes on their job roles and their organizational identification. Frontline workers, and not managers, reported a statistically significant link in that relationship. Frontline workers—reporters, photographers, copy editors, and designers—are tasked with integrating mandated technology changes in the day-to-day course of their work and may feel frustrated with assignments that seemingly change at the whim of management. In their comments on the survey, journalists complained about a lack of vision or planning for technology. Several noted that management often didn’t provide adequate training or explanations about the purpose served by additional technology tasks. The final major finding of this research was the effect that circulation size had on the relationships between journalists’ feelings about the impact of technological and economic changes on their job roles and their organizational identification. Although these relationships were supported in tests among all of the journalists in this study, statistical significance remained only for small and midsize newspapers. This could be for a variety of reasons, but suggests that news workers at these publications feel they have borne the brunt of the technological changes instituted by their companies. The relationship between technological changes and OI was

Authors: Hinsley, Amber.
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IDENTITY FALLOUT  23
Although the relationships supporting the hypotheses were not strong ones, 
the findings in this research confirmed that technological and economic changes at 
newspapers play a role in journalists’ identification with their organizations. Other 
factors, however, may have more significant influence on those relationships. Job 
type and circulation size were found to be two such influences. Job type, for example, 
helped to differentiate which types of journalists may be more strongly affected by 
their perceptions about the impact of technology changes on their job roles and their 
organizational identification. Frontline workers, and not managers, reported a 
statistically significant link in that relationship. Frontline workers—reporters, 
photographers, copy editors, and designers—are tasked with integrating mandated 
technology changes in the day-to-day course of their work and may feel frustrated 
with assignments that seemingly change at the whim of management. In their 
comments on the survey, journalists complained about a lack of vision or planning for 
technology. Several noted that management often didn’t provide adequate training or 
explanations about the purpose served by additional technology tasks. 
The final major finding of this research was the effect that circulation size had 
on the relationships between journalists’ feelings about the impact of technological 
and economic changes on their job roles and their organizational identification. 
Although these relationships were supported in tests among all of the journalists in 
this study, statistical significance remained only for small and midsize newspapers. 
This could be for a variety of reasons, but suggests that news workers at these 
publications feel they have borne the brunt of the technological changes instituted by 
their companies. The relationship between technological changes and OI was 


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