“Should I Stay or Should I Go?”: Exit, voice and loyalty among journalists

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Against the background of the crisis in the journalism industry, many journalists have decided to leave the occupation for other activities. We examine the reasons journalists give for leaving journalism, or remaining in it; the exit mechanisms they use; the destinations they choose and broader repercussions for Israeli journalism and the cultural industries. We base this examination on a sample of 60 life histories of active and former Israeli journalists, analyzed through the use of the “Exit, Voice and Loyalty” (EVL) typology developed by Albert Hirschman. Additionally, we investigate specific exit mechanisms and destinations using Bourdieu's notions of capital. We argue that applying the EVL typology to the data suggests the easy availability of exit routes out of journalism together with journalists' difficulty in voicing their occupational concerns within news organizations, given their chaotic organizational structure, contributed to news organizations' passive response to the crisis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)590-607
Number of pages18
JournalJournalism Studies
Issue number5
StatePublished - 3 Jul 2016

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  • careers
  • cultural capital
  • culture industries
  • journalism
  • labor
  • life histories
  • social capital

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Communication


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