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“It’s like dying but not being dead” U.S. newspaper journalists cope with emotional and physical toll of job losses

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posted on 2022-12-21, 01:43 authored by S Reinardy, Lawrie ZionLawrie Zion, A Baines

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Reinardy, S., Zion, L., & Baines, A. (2021). “It’s like dying but not being dead” U.S. newspaper journalists cope with emotional and physical toll of job losses. Newspaper Research Journal, 42(3), 364–378.

Since 2008, U.S. newspaper jobs have been cut 51%, forcing journalists to seek new jobs and possibly careers. This study examined how journalists who lost their newspaper jobs (N = 306) navigated the emotional and physical toll of unemployment and adjusted to new work norms. Furthermore, this article examined how displaced journalists managed after returning to the workforce. Implications here might be indicators of what to expect for those who lost their jobs during the COVID-19 pandemic.


The author(s) received the financial support for the research, authorship and/or publication of this article: Research conducted by the New Beats project in Australia was supported by the Australian Research Council Linkage Grant Scheme, Project grant LP140100341 (2014-2019) and Project grant DP150102675 (2015-2019).


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