High on Passion, Low on Pay: Women’s Job Satisfaction at Iowa Newspapers

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2015-01-01
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Lucht, Tracy
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This study examines the job satisfaction of women at Iowa newspapers by assessing women’s attitudes and perceptions in three distinct areas: job quality, work-life balance, and organizational support. The findings indicate that job quality is an important and positive aspect of women’s job satisfaction while organizational support offers room for improvement. The respondents generally were satisfied with their jobs and work-life balance, but low salaries emerged as a significant problem. The respondents also expressed a desire for consistent personnel policies and greater opportunities for advancement. The results are intended to help community newspapers in their efforts to recruit and retain highly skilled women, who continue to be underrepresented in the field.

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This is a manuscript of an article published in Newspaper Research Journal 36(4) (Winter 2015): 426–440.

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women and media, newspaper, job satisfaction
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