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US journalists less satisfied, see negative trend

Published on May 6, 2014 11:10 PM

WASHINGTON (AFP) - American journalists have become increasingly dissatisfied with their work and see the industry moving in the wrong direction, a new survey shows.

The Indiana University survey, which follows up on research first conducted in 1971, found that as newsrooms are shrinking, journalists see themselves having less autonomy and that job satisfaction is on the decline.

The 2013 survey shows that, compared with a decade earlier, "the updated demographic profile of US journalists reveals that they are now older on average, slightly more likely to be women, slightly less likely to be racial or ethnic minorities, slightly more likely to be college graduates (and) more likely to call themselves Independents politically." Released late last week, it found 59.7 per cent say that journalism in the United States is headed "in the wrong direction".

The median age of full-time US journalists increased by six years from 2002 to 47.

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