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Rick, Jana ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-9310-2828 and Hanitzsch, Thomas ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-7104-6300 (2023): Journalistic Work During a Pandemic: Changing Contexts and Subjective Perceptions. In: Journalism Practice, Vol. 18, No. 1: pp. 99-118 [PDF, 1MB]


This study explores the extent to which the Corona pandemic has changed the working conditions of journalists in Germany and how they perceive these changes. The goal is to provide both the scale and qualitative nature of Corona-induced changes in the working environment of journalists by means of an online survey of German journalists (n = 983) in different employment situations. The results indicate that objective changes such as short-time work, income losses and the sudden shift to home office have notably shaped the world of journalistic work. On a subjective level, journalists’ responses mainly point to the personal financial fallout and resulting existential fears. Our findings suggest an intensified precarity in the working environment of journalists and highlight a growing gap between freelance and employed journalists.

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