Research project looks into journalist redundancies

Bec Fary / July 08, 2013 02:38 PM

An academic study is set to examine the impact of job cuts on the Australian media industry. 

The research project, New Beats, comes amidst the closure or restructure of all Australia’s major newspapers.

According to a post on the New Beats blog, more than 10 percent of Australian journalists became redundant in 2012:

“What are they doing now?

“And what impact will this enormous contraction of the journalism workforce have on the future of journalism?”

Project leader Lawrie Zion, a journalism professor from La Trobe University, will oversee a team of academics including University of Canberra’s Matthew Ricketson, an author of the Finkelstein Report, Penny O’Donnell from the University of Sydney, Tim Majoribanks from La Trobe University and Andrew Dodd from Swinburne.

“What is interesting to see is that people are changing tack or going into new and different projects in journalism, but I think the full wash up of what has happened will take a while to play out,” Zion told Mumbrella.  

“What interests me is how will people go through that change over three to five years and what will journalism gain from that, with a number of people moving into different areas of the profession.

“There is also the question of what will former journalists be able to contribute to other professions and areas of professional life.”

New Beats calls for any journalists made redundant last year to contribute to a confidential survey:

“Our first priority is to create a network of journalists who became redundant last year to share information and gather data on jobs, demand for journalistic expertise, new career directions, re-training, and the impact of redundancy on professional identity, family life and well-being," says the New Beats blog.  

You can get in touch via their contact page

The survey will be launched in August. 

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