Earlier this year Fairfax made large job cuts, slashing 120 editorial jobs.
The cuts were allegedly made to sustain a high quality of journalism. Approximately 500 staff went on strike in solidarity of this massive job cut. The large support from fellow journalists reveals the cutthroat and unsteady job security that the media industry potentially places on the future generation.
Our society is still in a transitional phase of media and communication. Jobs are being made redundant and new ones are created so frequently now. In essence the way we receive information in the present is starkly different from even 5 years ago.
The average person does not receive a daily newspaper at their doorstep anymore, but rather can check the online editions. News outlets are becoming the credible source to turn to as the expansion of the Internet has created an abundance of platforms for information. Many people get news updates from their Facebook streams, and even Snapchat has become one of the most direct ways to reach the masses.
As the future generation of the media industry, the unknown can be scary. Not knowing what job you will have once graduating from university is a general standard but the fact that your job may not exist yet is a little crazy. This statement has been said time and time again, but it has only really resounded with me in the past couple months as university starts to draw to an end.
Additionally, employment in general has increased, however, it is caused by the rise in part-time employment. The increased normalisation of part-time employment has created a lot more opportunities for many different people to work. Students can work, and study at the same time. And both women and men can have a caring responsibility at home and maintain a job to support the family.
This new alternative has allowed for people to engage in the workforce but also recognises the work/life balance that is important in maintaining a healthy lifestyle. In some circumstances I have heard it does have down sides of cramming workloads into 2/3 day weeks. However, finding the right balance has become recognised as a common practice in modern work.
The changes in job structure and style are always constant in the media industry. As the new generation steps into the working world, a new standard of work will be set.