What is it about?

As multimedia journalism becomes the norm in many newsrooms, older reporters are stressed out, left out, and pushed out of the business. There is a growing work practice of churning television news employees, and in some ways it appears to be backfiring as companies are having a hard time filling positions.

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Why is it important?

Newsroom culture dictates agendas, gatekeeping, editorializing, and economy. The voices of older employees vanish or are diminishing because of work practices and corporate pressures. Stories, information, representation, and other cultural needs will be skewed.

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I worked in television for twenty five years. This study was important to me as I wanted to understand the changes of the television news industry that were occurring around me. Large corporations have come in and taken a foothold on local journalism. The worker can not speak out, but as an academic I can provide evidence and a voice for those who have concerns about the future of their profession. At one point, corporate leaders said that technology was the reason we can make the changes in how we do journalism. Now, the people in the newsroom say technology was the "excuse" to make the changes. Jobs, quality, and longevity all dropped. Stress and burnout went up. I hope this article helps you understand that the changes to journalism are not just about technological applications, but of newsroom cultures and journalism quality.

Dean Cummings
Georgia Southern University

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This page is a summary of: The impact of multimedia journalism on ageism in television news: Commodification and the anxiety of ageing in the newsroom, Journal of Applied Journalism & Media Studies, January 2021, Intellect, DOI: 10.1386/ajms_00045_1.
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