Journalism education and tips for journalists

Monday, October 18, 2004

More jobs for journalists
(the ones who survive)

New media, multimedia and information and communication technologies may increase the demand for journalists, editors, artistes and others in the media, graphical and culture sectors, but compromise the quality of their work and of their working conditions, according to a new International Labour Office (ILO) report.
[The future of work and quality in the Information Society: The media, culture, graphical sector ]

There are however problems.
The impact of ICTs on journalists' safety and health is also cited, since there are greater time constraints and pressures to produce up-to-date information. "This has meant new work patterns for workers who even earlier did not have regular hours, eight-hour days, or set meal breaks, and are often employed on short-term, intermittent and precarious contracts."

There is also the case of front-line journalists who face being shot at, beaten, imprisoned and even killed. "More than 1,000 journalists and media staff have been killed on duty over the past ten years," recalls the ILO report, citing data from the International Federation of Journalists.


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