Gendered experiences of industry change and the effects of neoliberalism

North, Louise 2009, Gendered experiences of industry change and the effects of neoliberalism, Journalism studies, vol. 10, no. 4, pp. 506-521, doi: 10.1080/14616700902783911.

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Title Gendered experiences of industry change and the effects of neoliberalism
Author(s) North, Louise
Journal name Journalism studies
Volume number 10
Issue number 4
Start page 506
End page 521
Total pages 16
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2009
ISSN 1469-9699
Keyword(s) australian newsrooms
ethical dilemmas
gender bias
neoliberal discourses
newsroom culture
work intensification
Summary In a time of dramatic and rapid change in the global media industry and when technological advances and media concentration are shaping the way news is produced and consumed, little research has focused on how the producers of news are affected by such change. This paper explores narratives of confidence and cynicism as told to me by Australian print news media journalists. I am interested in journalists’ memories and experiences of personal change that arise from an intensified workplace and how neoliberal discourses affect newsroom culture. How do the journalists I interview experience and speak of changes in the newsroom? In what ways is being a journalist different now to when they entered the industry? In effect, how have journalists changed as a result of journalism's changes? The interviews with 17 print media journalists contain rich narratives with which to explore how participants remember and make sense of industry changes. This paper finds that the intensification of work practices, ethical constraints and gender bias, underpinned by neoliberalism, have aided in creating a cynicism among many of the journalists interviewed. Nevertheless, the majority of interviewees suggest that a career in journalism has increased their personal and/or professional confidence. There are, however, gendered differences in this experience.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/14616700902783911
Field of Research 209999 Language, Communication and Culture not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970120 Expanding Knowledge in Language, Communication and Culture
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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