“Everybody changes and nobody’s really thought about, well, OK, maybe certain places can afford this, but a lot of places can’t. We romanticize change without really knowing if it actually matters.”
New fellowship program creates early career opportunities, strengthens local publications and fills news void in the Triangle
The fellowship partnership will help build a pipeline for early career journalists while filling news gaps in the Triangle with INDY’s strengthened reporting power.
Erica Perel, CISLM Director, spoke about how concerned people should be about the future of (especially local) journalism + why it is important for young journalists to be flexible and creative as they enter the industry.
“There’s no one big solution for every country on the globe — it’s always quite context specific. Nonetheless, we can learn from each other.”
“I think it’s exciting when people in their own community look around and wonder if they could have a better local news system than what they have and try to do something about that.”
“It’s important for our community to have its own space, its own voice and to be able to tell our own stories.”
“It’s probably not surprising to a lot of people in the field, but it definitely should be something that’s dealt with and not thought of as OK,” said Elizabeth Thompson, CISLM local news researcher and the survey’s lead.
“We’re looking at concerns and issues that have been highlighted (in local news and local news models ) so that we can perhaps avoid making those same mistakes as well here.”
The solutions to tackling burnout can be approached in two ways — operationally, which has a systemic impact but often requires more time and agency, and personally, in which journalists manage their response to stressful situations.
“So, I would hope that one of the things the local journalists can take from this research is a sense that they are doing something distinctive and invaluable to their community that would otherwise not exist.”
On May 15, the staff of Wilmington-based WHQR followed the lead of colleagues at WFAE to become the second NPR member station in North Carolina to express interest in forming a union.
Following more than a decade of layoffs and consolidation in the local news industry, 70% of journalists have experienced work-related burnout, according to a new survey from the Center for Innovation and Sustainability in Local Media.