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Flexibilitetens konsekvenser: En intervjustudie om tillfälliga anställningar och dess påverkan på svenska journalister
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Media Studies, JMK.
2023 (Swedish)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The media industry has been evolving for several hundred years and this change is still ongoing today, and with it the forms of employment in journalism have also changed. There has been an increase in staffing companies and temporary employment within the flexible labor market. Within the Swedish journalism industry, temporary employment has increased, especially among journalists under the age of 35, where over half do not have permanent employment. The purpose of the essay is to investigate whether temporary forms of employment affect Swedish journalists and whether they feel that such forms of employment affect the journalism they produce. Using John Atkinson's (1984) economic theory of the flexible market and Mark Deuze's (2005) theory of journalism's professional ideology, the results of the study are analyzed and interpreted. The material consists of 14 qualitative interviews with people who work or have worked as journalists and have experience in temporary forms of employment. The results show that the respondents experience stress and worry about finances and career as a direct consequence of the form of employment. The results show that the respondents do not feel that the employment in itself leads to them producing lower quality journalism. However, temporary employment gives them less time to devote to thinking about their professional role and trying to live up to the professional ideals they themselves have. The study indicates that temporary employment within the journalistic field causes stress and insecurity, which in turn can lead to a weaker professional identity. 

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2023. , p. 48
Keywords [en]
Journalism, temporary employment, flexibility, work situation, professional identity
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Media Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-217640OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-217640DiVA, id: diva2:1762457
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Available from: 2023-06-04 Created: 2023-06-03 Last updated: 2023-06-04Bibliographically approved

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