America’s local journalists are burned out. “It’s not just some of them — it’s the majority of them. And women and young people are more likely to endure the psychological phenomenon than men and older reporters,” reports Poynter.
According to Poynter, burnout is often regarded as an individual problem rather than an industry issue. “Despite recent survey findings and academic research revealing the prevalence of burnout and suggesting potential solutions, many newsrooms continue to neglect its significance, resulting in scores of journalists needing to take time off or even leave their jobs entirely. And yet, news organizations still treat burnout as something to be handled on a case-by-case basis, undermining the urgency for industry-wide action.
“Roughly 72% of local journalists in a study of more than 500 participants reported experiencing personal burnout and 70% reported experiencing work-related burnout, per a survey published in late April by the Center for Innovation and Sustainability in Local Media at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill’s Hussman School of Journalism and Media. The age divide is also clear: More than 75% of journalists under 45 experienced both personal and work-related burnout while 62% and 57%, respectively, of those 45 and older reported the same.”