What do journalists think of the future of journalistic work?

paperinsight ViewpointInterested to know what journalists think of their future? Robert G Picard of the Oxford University, Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism has produced an interesting and insightful report on, ‘Journalists’ Perceptions on the Future of Journalistic Work‘.

Of those journalist which responded to the survey (509 journalists across the Western world), the conclusions were:

  • Journalism will be a harder job with less institutional support in the future.
  • Journalism will not be less satisfying or less independent.
  • There are concerns that journalists will have to work harder and have to think more about personal branding and entrepreneurship, and that they cannot count on stable employment, full-time jobs, or indeed life-long journalistic careers.
  • The respondents generally see journalism as a relatively stable collection of fundamental practices and techniques that is not dependent on medium or existentially threatened.

Picard points out that the results are striking for three reasons:

  • Journalists are clearly not in denial about the direct impact fundamental changes in the media will have for journalism as a form of work.
  • The respondents recognise that these changes are likely to make journalism more stressful, individualistic, and less stable, but they are not particularly pessimistic about the future of journalism as a professional practice.
  • The results are generally consistent across gender, age, and how long people have worked as journalists.

Picard concludes that many journalists are very clear eyed about how their profession is changing, and are not stuck in the past as some commentators assume.

He states that the challenge for news media, individual journalists, and journalistic professional associations, then, is to make sure that the often radical changes involved in journalism moving from 20th-century organisations to 21st-century ones are accompanied by the development of strong forms of 21st-century journalistic professionalism and the means to support them.

To view the detailed report, please click here.

Today, Germany celebrates a 625 year history of papermaking

paperinsight paper companiesThis morning, I noticed an article in ipw magazine stating that on June 24th (today), the German paper industry (VDP = Association of German Paper-manufacturers) celebrates a 625 year history. Many paper manufacturers will open their doors to mark this special event.

Congratulations and what a great idea to open doors and share what the industry does and contributes.

For the detailed ipw article, please click here.

SURFEX 2016, 24th – 25th May, 2016, NEC Birmingham, UK

SURFEX 2016 is being held at the National Exhibition Centre (NEC), Birmingham, United Kingdom on the 24th and 25th May in conjunction with the European Technical Coatings Congress (ETCC) on the 25th and 26th May 2016. ‘Proudly supported by the British Coatings Federation (BCF) and Vincentz Network, it is set to become the UK’s must attend coatings event of the year and will gather more than 2000 coatings experts from all over Europe.’

SURFEX is the place to network with your customers and visitors with needs in the following areas:

  • Chemicals and Raw Materials
  • Inks
  • Resins
  • Adhesives and Sealants
  • Protective Coatings
  • Paint Application and Surface Preparation
  • Corrosion and Construction Chemicals
  • Test Equipment
  • Manufacturing Plant

For more information, please click here.

Congratulations to Tappi – a century of achievement

Tappi 100This week, Atlanta will host PaperCon 2015 and TAPPI’s Centennial Celebration – congratulations to the Technical Association of the Pulp and Paper Industry.

In February 1915, thirty-five visionary industrialists met andformed the Technical Session of the American Paper and Pulp Association for the purpose of exchanging views and mutual knowledge and to advance the art of papermaking. By September, their number had swelled to 125. The group voted to become an autonomous body with a new name: the Technical Association of the Pulp and Paper Industry – TAPPI was born!

TAPPI’s growth and success were startling. Our members advanced the industry through knowledge sharing, creating thousands of technical articles, innovative research, definitive conferences and detailed courses. The people who generously shared their time and talent to build TAPPI – like those who sustain it today – come from every pulp, paper, packaging producer and supplier company from around the world.