Journalists in times of change : Evidence from a new survey of Australia’s journalistic workforce

Hanusch, Folker (2013) Journalists in times of change : Evidence from a new survey of Australia’s journalistic workforce. Australian Journalism Review, 35(1), pp. 29-42.

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Studies of journalists’ professional views have a long history in many countries around the globe. This has been no less the case in Australia, where a number of surveys of journalists have been conducted, particularly in recent years. Yet, the only study so far able to lay claim to having studied a representative sample with a small error margin remains Henningham’s account of Australian journalists in the early 1990s. Clearly, Australian journalism has experienced a vast array of changes since that time, and it is crucial to provide a more up-to-date image of the profession. This study, based on telephone surveys with 605 Australian journalists, demonstrates some significant changes in the workforce. Journalists are now older, better educated, more experienced and arguably more left-leaning than 20 years ago. For the first time, women are in a majority, but are still disadvantaged. Journalists’ job satisfaction and ethical views are also discussed.

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ID Code: 68322
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Journalism culture, Australia, journalist, survey
ISSN: 0810-2686 (print)
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > JOURNALISM AND PROFESSIONAL WRITING (190300) > Journalism Studies (190301)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2013 Journalism Education Association of Australia
Deposited On: 12 Mar 2014 04:31
Last Modified: 13 Mar 2014 19:41

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