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Posted by H.G. Watson on February 08, 2016

Photo courtesy of Michelle-Andrea Girouard.

By Nicole Cohen

Over the past few weeks, journalists and commentators have been debating how to make sense of the recent round of layoffs in Canadian journalism. Two Canadian researchers are interested in hearing from journalists themselves about the experience of job loss, either through a layoff or a voluntary buyout. Canadian media companies have been restructuring since the 2008 recession, and little is known about what happens after journalists leave their media organizations. This research will be the first in Canada to examine in depth the complex interplay between economic, technological, workplace and career pressures transforming journalism today.

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Andrea Hunter, from Concordia University, and Nicole Cohen from the University of Toronto, are conducting a survey of journalists who have experienced job loss from 2012 on. The research will give us insight into the role that layoffs and forced career changes are playing in the ongoing transformation of Canadian journalism. The project is an international component of a research project currently underway in Australia. J-Source.ca has published some results from that research.

Journalists are encouraged to participate by taking a 15-minute survey and sharing the link to our survey with any journalism colleagues who have experienced job loss (either a layoff or a buyout) from 2012 to present. The survey is available in English or French.

Please visit the research project’s website in English or French, and feel free to contact the researchers for more information. 

J-Source and ProjetJ are publications of the Canadian Journalism Project, a venture among post-secondary journalism schools and programs across Canada, led by Ryerson University, Université Laval and Carleton University and supported by a group of donors.