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Identity fallout: The draining effects of technological and economic change on newspaper journalists
Unformatted Document Text:  IDENTITY FALLOUT 7 Research questions and hypotheses Because journalists are socialized to accept certain professional principles and execute them in their work (Schudson, 1978; Tuchman, 1978), the first research question explored the importance journalists place on being able to perform some of these principles. The first research question was: RQ1: How do newspaper journalists rate the importance of their job roles? Job roles included items from the American Journalist study, such as providing analysis of complex problems, and getting information to the public quickly (Weaver et al., 2007). Previous research suggested journalists’ jobs have changed with the introduction of new technology tasks and economic decisions that reduced resources (Beam et al., 2009). Journalists are taking on more work as a result. To further explore these findings among newspaper journalists, a second and third research question were added: RQ2: How do newspaper journalists believe technological changes in their jobs have affected their ability to perform their job roles? RQ3: How do newspaper journalists believe economic changes in their jobs have affected their ability to perform their job roles? As previously discussed, industry-wide changes have affected how journalists perform their jobs and how they view their jobs and employers. This led to the development of RQ4: What is the overall level of organizational identification (OI) among newspaper journalists? Newspaper journalists’ negative feelings about their job roles can lead to a greater dilemma for their employers. These negative perceptions can evolve into a

Authors: Hinsley, Amber.
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IDENTITY FALLOUT  7
Research questions and hypotheses
Because journalists are socialized to accept certain professional principles and 
execute them in their work (Schudson, 1978; Tuchman, 1978), the first research 
question explored the importance journalists place on being able to perform some of 
these principles. The first research question was: RQ1: How do newspaper journalists 
rate the importance of their job roles? Job roles included items from the American 
Journalist study, such as providing analysis of complex problems, and getting 
information to the public quickly (Weaver et al., 2007).
Previous research suggested journalists’ jobs have changed with the 
introduction of new technology tasks and economic decisions that reduced resources 
(Beam et al., 2009). Journalists are taking on more work as a result. To further 
explore these findings among newspaper journalists, a second and third research 
question were added:
RQ2: How do newspaper journalists believe technological changes in their jobs have 
affected their ability to perform their job roles? 
RQ3: How do newspaper journalists believe economic changes in their jobs have 
affected their ability to perform their job roles?
As previously discussed, industry-wide changes have affected how journalists 
perform their jobs and how they view their jobs and employers. This led to the 
development of RQ4: What is the overall level of organizational identification (OI) 
among newspaper journalists?
Newspaper journalists’ negative feelings about their job roles can lead to a 
greater dilemma for their employers. These negative perceptions can evolve into a 


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