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In the Margins of Journalism: Gender and livelihood among local (ex-) journalists in Sweden
Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Department of Geography, Media and Communication (from 2013). (Geomedia)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-8497-3381
Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Department of Geography, Media and Communication (from 2013). (Geomedia)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-1918-6701
2018 (English)In: Journalism Practice, ISSN 1751-2786, E-ISSN 1751-2794, Vol. 12, no 8, p. 1051-1060Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Research on journalists and journalistic work has focused on journalists with permanent, full-time employment. Given the rapid decrease of such employment opportunities, we argue that journalism research needs to pay more attention to those who those who have had to leave their jobs and either stopped doing journalism entirely, or who have switched to a freelance career (sometimes combining journalism with other work). This category of people is at once becoming more marginalized and “the new normal” within the occupation: In this paper, we furthermore focus on local (Swedish) journalists and ex-journalists. Based on a set of semi-structured interviews (n = 12) with ex-journalists who share the experience of having lost their permanent, full-time jobs, we use the concept of livelihood as an analytical tool. The concept of livelihood highlights the shift from journalism as a job practiced exclusive of other jobs to an activity conducted alongside other income-generating activities and makes it possible to analyse leaving the occupation from a context that incorporates the whole life situation of the respondents. This also contributes to the current wave of studies of journalism and job loss by adding qualitative data about individual experiences of job loss to the existing quantitative survey evidence.

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Taylor & Francis, 2018. Vol. 12, no 8, p. 1051-1060
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journalism, livelihood, gender, Sweden
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Media Studies
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Media and Communication Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-68838DOI: 10.1080/17512786.2018.1497455ISI: 000444275400012OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-68838DiVA, id: diva2:1240645
Available from: 2018-08-22 Created: 2018-08-22 Last updated: 2019-06-07Bibliographically approved

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