A commentary: Who's looking out for journalists?

Valérie Bélair-Gagnon, Avery E. Holton

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Most people spend a large part of their lives working. It is, perhaps, inevitable that workplace environments help to shape people's well-being and happiness. As we reflect on the past 20 years of Media & Jornalismo research we must also look forward to the future of journalism and consider how research can contribute to that future. We also should consider a possible paradigmatic shift in journalism studies and practice that de-focuses journalism and considers the humanity of journalism workers, seeing them less as commodities or commodifiable and more as complex individuals calling for and deserving of personal and professional well-being.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)75-81
Number of pages7
JournalMedia and Jornalismo
Issue number41
StatePublished - 2022

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Fellow in Media Management at the Hubbard School of Journalism & Mass Communication, and McKnight Presidential Fellow at the University of Minnesota. She also is affiliated to the Department of Sociology at the University of Minnesota, Oslo Metropolitan University, and Yale Law School Information Society Project. She is the author of Journalism research that matters (Oxford University Press) and Social media at BBC News (Routledge). She has published widely in journals including Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, Digital Journalism, Journalism, Journalism Studies, Journalism Practice, Social Media + Society, and New Media & Society. ORCID iD: 0000-0002-7756-1688 Scopus Author ID: 56157944700 Personal Website Address: University of Minnesota. School of Journalism and Mass Communication: Minneapolis, MN, US Murphy Hall 206 Church Street SE. 111 Minneapolis, MN 55410 Avery E. Holton, PhD, University of Texas at Austin, is an Associate Professor and the Department Chair of the Department of Communication at the University of Utah. He has previously been named a Vice-President’s Clinical and Translation Scholar and Rising Star in the Humanities at the University of Utah and was a National Humanities Center Summer Fellow and an Oslo Metropolitan University Digital Journalism Fellow. He also serves as a Co-Coordinator of Research for the Utah Center for Excellence in Ethical, Legal and Social IMplications Research (UCEER) funded by the National Institutes of Health. He has published widely in journals including Digital Journalism, Journalism Studies, Journalism, the Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, Health Communication and Communication Theory. ORCID iD: 0000-0003-1307-2890 Personal Website Address: The University of Utah 255 Central Campus Dr. Rm. 2419 Salt Lake City, UT 84112

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© 2022 Universidade Nova de Lisboa - Center for Media Research and Journalism. All rights reserved.


  • eywords Media and journalism studies
  • humanity of journalism workers
  • journalism practice
  • mental-health and well-being


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