US journalists, who are less satisfied with their work and have less
autonomy than previously, believe journalism is headed in the wrong
These are the initial findings of a survey of conducted
by the Indiana university journalism school, "The American journalist
in the digital age."
Compared to a similar study in 2002, there
are notable changes in attitude among reporters and editors, along with
changes in daily work methods.
So what's wrong with the direction?
When asked about the "most important problem facing journalism today,"
the respondents mentioned the following issues: declining profits
(mentioned by 20.4%); threats to profession from online media (11.4%);
job cuts and downsizing (11.3%); the need for a new business model and
funding structure (10.8%); and the tendency towards hasty reporting
The journalists now rely heavily on social media to check for breaking news and to monitor what other news organisations are doing.
see this as a positive trend, agreeing that social media promotes them
and their work, keeps them more engaged with their audiences and leads
to faster reporting.
Far fewer say that social media has
decreased their workload, improved their productivity, allowed them to
cover more news or enhanced their credibility.