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Mobilising networks after redundancy: The experiences of Australian journalists

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posted on 2023-01-05, 01:24 authored by T Marjoribanks, Lawrie ZionLawrie Zion, Merryn SherwoodMerryn Sherwood
Redundancy and job loss in a context of precarity have become central to the experiences of journalists globally over the last decade. Previous research has identified the importance of networks to job seeking in these contexts. This article analyses responses of 225 journalists in Australia whose positions were made redundant between 2012 and 2014 to questions about their ongoing connections with former colleagues in a survey conducted four times: in 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017. A key finding is that these networks are resources that journalists develop, manage, mobilise and maintain for social and professional purposes, sometimes simultaneously. In this paper, we also seek to extend theoretical and empirical understandings of networks as forms of support when dealing with job loss and in developing strategies for seeking new employment and career opportunities.


Australian Research Council, Grant/Award Number: DP150102675 and LP140100341


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