Aldridge (2001) 'The Paradigm Contingent Career?
Women in Regional Newspaper Journalism'
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Received: 7/9/2001 Accepted: 14/11/2001 Published: 30/11/01
|Table 1: Qualifications and Age; n=27|
|20-29||30-39||40- 49||50- 59||TOTAL|
|No vocational qualifications||0||0||1||2||3|
|Degree + pre-entry training||4||1||0||0||5|
|Degree + post-entry training||2||3||1||0||6|
|Table 2: Post Held and Type of Newspaper; n = 24.5*|
|Daily Paper||Weekly paper||TOTAL|
|Morning||Evening||City||Medium town||Small town|
Notes on Tables 1 and 2
The total in Table 2 excludes two respondents not who did not work directly for newspapers and counts one who is a permanent freelance as 0.5. Those women who had two responsibilities eg: reporter/feature writer are distributed 50:50 between categories.
All the women were white European. Anecdotal evidence (see the observation about labour force data above) and recent industry-led training initiatives suggest that other ethnic groups are severely under-represented among regional journalists. Respondents were not asked about their family of origin.
'and I knew he was vicious ... and he turned round and said why do you deserve more money? And I told him why I thought I deserved more money. And he said I'm going to call the news editor in here and if she says you're worth it you get a rise, and if she says you're not you get the sack. Do you accept that?' (journalist, 36, now in media relations). (She got the rise.)
2The generic term used by their trade association, The Newspaper Society
3Press Gazette is a weekly trade paper for journalists. Most of the content
relates to newspapers and
periodicals, rather than broadcast media. Apart from providing news of events
in a rapidly changing
industrial environment, it is a key source of trade talk and insight into
4It is normal practice for staffers on one paper to work casual shifts on
either in reporting or subediting. Proving their credentials by 'shifting'4 is
one route by which regional
journalists obtain posts on national newspapers.
3Press Gazette is a weekly trade paper for journalists. Most of the content relates to newspapers and periodicals, rather than broadcast media. Apart from providing news of events in a rapidly changing industrial environment, it is a key source of trade talk and insight into occupational values
4It is normal practice for staffers on one paper to work casual shifts on another, either in reporting or subediting. Proving their credentials by 'shifting'4 is one route by which regional journalists obtain posts on national newspapers.
Nottingham Evening Post <http://www.thisisnottingham.co.uk>
Derby [Evening]Telegraph <http://www.thisisderbyshire.co.uk>
Eastern Daily Press <http://www.edp24.co.uk>
Manchester Evening News <http://www.manchesteronline.co.uk>
Wales on Sunday <http://www.icwales.icnetwork.co.uk>
Leicester Mercury <http://www.thisisleicestershire.co. uk>
Brecon and Radnor Express [no website]
Mansfield Chad <http://www.mansfieldtoday.co.uk>
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