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'It has a bleak future': The effects of job loss on regional and rural journalism in Australia

Australian Journalism Review
Volume 38 Issue 2 (Dec 2016)

Abstract: Severe contractions in the Australian media landscape have led to a loss of jobs in major metropolitan newsrooms. In 2015, those cuts spread significantly to regional and rural newsrooms. This paper explores the effects of job loss on rural and regional journalism through a survey of 31 journalists working at rural and regional media organisations whose positions were made redundant from 2012 to 2015. As well as providing accounts of their personal redundancy experiences, this paper explores the participants' opinions of regional and rural journalism. It concludes that those whose positions in local journalism have become redundant are concerned about the resources of local newsrooms and the quality of journalism these newsrooms can subsequently produce.

To cite this article: Zion, Lawrie; Sherwood, Merryn; O'Donnell, Penny; Dodd, Andrew; Ricketson, Matthew and Marjoribanks, Timothy. 'It has a bleak future': The effects of job loss on regional and rural journalism in Australia [online]. Australian Journalism Review, Vol. 38, No. 2, Dec 2016: 115-128. Availability: <http://search.informit.com.au/documentSummary;dn=638121810905172;res=IELAPA> ISSN: 0810-2686. [cited 24 May 17].

Personal Author: Zion, Lawrie; Sherwood, Merryn; O'Donnell, Penny; Dodd, Andrew; Ricketson, Matthew; Marjoribanks, Timothy; Source: Australian Journalism Review, Vol. 38, No. 2, Dec 2016: 115-128 DOI: Document Type: Journal Article ISSN: 0810-2686 Subject: Rural journalism; Employees--Dismissal of; Local mass media; Journalists--Attitudes; Peer Reviewed: Yes

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