ERIC Number: ED230972
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Aug
Reference Count: 0
The American Newspaper Photographer: A Sociological Portrait.
Bethune, Beverly M.
A study was conducted to present a national sociological profile of daily newspaper photographers, their attitudes, professional concerns, and relationships to their jobs. Data were collected through a national mail survey. Photographers from 240 daily newspapers in 44 states were represented by the 436 respondents. Most respondents were between the ages of 25 and 35, Protestant, married, and earned a yearly salary between $10,000 and $25,000. The respondents rated the following aspects as most important to their jobs: (1) opportunity to improve their photography, (2) opportunity for input into photo use and layout, (3) job security, (4) stimulating interaction with other photographers and journalists, and (5) opportunity to help readers. Of these, the respondents were most satisfied with job security. Geographical location, size of newspaper, and sex did not prove statistically significant in indicating the photographers' overall satisfaction or dissatisfaction with their jobs. Satisfaction increased with age, although photography is clearly a young person's profession, and with income. Those who had a strong voice in making photo decisions were generally more satisfied overall than were those who had not. (HTH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (66th, Corvallis, OR, August 6-9, 1983).