So in an effort for newspapers to raise revenues, maintain circulation and provide readers with more information in more ways, another crisis might be upon us. Perhaps lost in this evolutionary period of newspaper journalism is the news worker. When he or she is no longer able, or no longer willing, to provide quality journalism, the journalism of crisis won’t be found on Wall Street or in the circulation data. It’ll be found in the newsroom.
Excerto de um trabalho académico, realizado por Scott Reinardy, com base nas respostas de 770 jornalistas norte-americanos. O trabalho – um estudo quantitativo – conclui que os jornalistas estão hoje mais perto de uma situação de ruptura (“burnout“) do que em 2006 e que quase 75 por cento dos jovens profissionais (menos de 34 anos de idade) expressaram a intenção de abandonar o jornalismo ou responderam ‘não sei’.
Sugestão recolhida no The Editorialiste.
PS: A propósito da necessidade de valorização do jornalista e do investimento no trabalho jornalístico valerá também a pena ler o e-mail que James O’Shea enviou à redacção do Los Angeles Times, depois de ter sido despedido da direcção daquele jornal. O’Shea saiu porque não aceitou fazer os novos cortes orçamentais que lhe pediu o administrador.
I think the current system relies too heavily on voodoo economics and not enough on the creativity and resourcefulness of journalists. We journalists have our faults, but we also have a lot to offer. Too often we’ve been dismissed as budgetary adolescents who can’t be trusted to conserve our resources. That is wrong.
The biggest challenge we face — journalists and dedicated newspaper folks alike – is to overcome this pervasive culture of defeat, the psychology of surrender that accepts decline as inevitable. This mindset plagues our business and threatens our newspapers and livelihoods.
This company, indeed, this industry, must invest more in solid, relevant journalism. We must integrate the speed and agility of the Internet with the news judgment and editorial values of the newsroom, values that are more important than ever as the hunger for news continues to surge and gossip pollutes the information atmosphere. Even in hard times, wise investment — not retraction — is the long-term answer to the industry’s troubles. We must build on our core strength, which is good, accurate reporting, the backbone of solid journalism, the public service that helps people make the right decisions about their increasingly complex lives. We must tell people what they want to know and — even more important — what they might not want to know, about war, politics, economics, schools, corruption and the thoughts and deeds of those who lead us.