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Still young and female: A (modest) survey of New Zealand journalists

Volume 10, Issue 2

September, 2004

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Lealand, G. (2004). Still young and female: A (modest) survey of New Zealand journalists. Pacific Journalism Review, 10(2): 173-196.
Research report
Author(s): Geoff Lealand
Publication date: 
September, 2004

Modelled on earlier national surveys of 1987 and 1994, this 2003 survey polled New Zealand journalists on their educational background, formal training, experiences on the job and professional development. Even though the returns (297) were fewer than expected, those participating provided useful insights into the profession. Participants responded to questions about changing aspects of journalism (such as the impact of the internet, and the consequences of commercial pressures on newsgathernig), which are compared with American journalists responding to the same questions. They also responded to questions about the use of te reo language and coverage of Maori news and issues. Despite the contraints of the same size, there is ample evidence in this survey to show young New Zealand journalists take their profession seriously, and demonstrate a willingness to address the imperfections and shortcomings of the Fourth Estate.