And you thought you were the only one who thought US journalism sucked. Well, if it is any consolation, they agree. A new survey by the Indiana University School of Journalism shows that US corporate journalists are unsatisfied and pessimistic about the future with 59.7% of those surveyed saying that journalism in the US is headed “in the wrong direction.”
Some key findings:
* Job satisfaction went from 33.3% of journalists who said they were “very satisfied” with their job in 2002, to 23.3% in 2013.
* Six in ten say their newsrooms have shrunk during the past year, while only 13.2% report newsroom growth.
* Just over 80% agree that social media helps promote them and their work, but only 25% say that it improves their productivity.
* The number of minority journalists working for the U.S. news media has decreased from 9.5% in 2002 to 8.5% in 2013.
* In the latest survey, the median age of full-time U.S. journalists increased by six years to 47 from 2002′s poll.
* Fewer journalists say that concentrating on news that’s of interest to “the widest possible audience” is extremely important.
Journalism is actually getting older and less diverse while social media use is increasing, though those interviewed said it did not help them develop stories as much as find a way to promote themselves.
According to the press release the findings come from online interviews with 1,080 U.S. journalists working for a wide variety of daily and weekly newspapers, radio and television stations, news services and news magazines and online news media throughout the United States. The interviews were conducted from Aug. 7 to Dec. 20, 2013.