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ERIC Number: ED311444
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Aug
Pages: 37
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Pagination and Job Satisfaction in American Newsrooms.
Fowler, Gilbert L., Jr.; Shipman, John Marlin
A study was conducted to examine how the implementation of new technology in the newsroom has affected job satisfaction, whether demographic characteristics of employees have an effect, or whether employees in certain classifications of jobs are more satisfied with this technology than others. Pagination was chosen as the technology to study because it was the newest in a series of technological innovations that have found their way into newsrooms. The study focused on how pagination technology was introduced, the types of persons who used the technology, and how that is related to job satisfaction. One hundred fifty-nine respondents from 26 newspapers answered a mail survey questionnaire (a 52% response rate) which was designed to examine the concerns of the study. Results indicated that employee satisfaction was directly related to the degree of involvement the individual had in the planning/implementation stages. Four types of individuals were found to operate in the new tech newsroom: opportunist types, production types, time-conscious types, and Luddites (those who had many problems with the system). Pagination systems have given most newsroom personnel a sense of control over the news process and have changed both the physical layout of the newsroom and the mental preparation of the employees. Those currently working in newsrooms using pagination indicated a number of areas that deserve attention if the new technology is to be implemented to its fullest extent. Findings indicated that a training process should be developed to introduce personnel to the new technology and to monitor their progress with it. The implementation of new technology in the newsroom has expanded horizons, responsibilities, and the need to understand its long-term effects. (Fourteen tables of data are included and 73 references are attached.) (MG)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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