Journalists concerned about declining quality in their trade

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Three-quarters of journalists are concerned about the future of the profession while about three-fifths see declining quality as one of its biggest threats, a survey has claimed.

The figures emerged from a survey conducted by data management firm Cxense which surveyed 153 journalists from the UK, Europe and the United States about the state of the media industry.

Of those surveyed just 46 percent had a negative outlook on the future of the industry, compared to 38 percent who feel positive about it.

Only 7 percent of the journalists, who were reached through social media display advertising, agreed with the statement that being a journalist meant having good job security.

hen asked what they felt were the biggest threats to the media trade, 60 percent of respondents said a decline in quality was a major issue with just over half (56 percent) laying blame at the feet of readers reluctant to pay for online content.

The Cxense report added that about half of the journalists said fake news (48 percent), dependency on advertising revenue (47 percent), shrinking newsrooms (47 percent) and the decline of print (44 percent) threatened the profession.

There were 35 percent that saw the failure to prepare for digital transformation as one of journalism’s biggest threats.

Around nine in ten of the survey respondents (89 percent) felt the increasing use of technology in journalism was a good thing.

Paywalls were viewed as a possible saviour of the news business, with 42 percent of journalists saying they liked paywalls and 39 percent saying they didn’t like them but felt they were necessary.

Via Press Gazette

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