The New Beats Survey South Africa 2018

This survey tracks journalists who have left the newsroom for other beats such as a gig here and a gig there, freelance work, academia, PR and govt comms, early retirement, among others (it also encompasses those who accepted retrenchment packages, and those who were made redundant; it looks at professional identity transitions)

Before you left the newsroom, how many years of experience in journalism did you have?

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* 1. Before you left the newsroom, how many years of experience in journalism did you have?

What was your job title at the time of leaving?

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* 2. What was your job title at the time of leaving?

What was your employment status at the time of leaving?

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* 3. What was your employment status at the time of leaving?

Was your annual income in the job from which you left more, or less, than what you are earning now?

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* 4. Was your annual income in the job from which you left more, or less, than what you are earning now?

Who was your employer at the time of leaving?

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* 5. Who was your employer at the time of leaving?

Did you receive or undertake any training or re-skilling in digital content creation pre-retrenchment?

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* 6. Did you receive or undertake any training or re-skilling in digital content creation pre-retrenchment?

Did you have union or journalist association membership/ support at the time of your redundancy?

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* 7. Did you have union or journalist association membership/ support at the time of your redundancy?

What type of retrenchment did you take?

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* 8. What type of retrenchment did you take?

Was there employer-funded career support as part of the redundancy package?

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* 9. Was there employer-funded career support as part of the redundancy package?

Please tell us about the experience of leaving the newsroom, including any emotional or practical issues encountered.

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* 10. Please tell us about the experience of leaving the newsroom, including any emotional or practical issues encountered.

Please select the option below that reflects your current work status

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* 11. Please select the option below that reflects your current work status

What type of employer do you have currently?

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* 12. What type of employer do you have currently?

Please tell us about any new journalism skills you feel you need to acquire to remain competitive in the job market.

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* 13. Please tell us about any new journalism skills you feel you need to acquire to remain competitive in the job market.

Please tell us about any changes in your professional identity since redundancy.

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* 14. Please tell us about any changes in your professional identity since redundancy.

Did you receive training or re-skilling in digital content creation for your new role?

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* 15. Did you receive training or re-skilling in digital content creation for your new role?

Regarding professional identity: Please tell us about any emotional issues career change presented?

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* 16. Regarding professional identity: Please tell us about any emotional issues career change presented?

Please tell us about how this career change affected your professional identity.

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* 17. Please tell us about how this career change affected your professional identity.

If you had an opportunity to return to work in journalism, would you consider it? Please tell us why or why not.

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* 18. If you had an opportunity to return to work in journalism, would you consider it? Please tell us why or why not.

Do you network or have contact with former colleagues?

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* 19. Do you network or have contact with former colleagues?

Was your wellbeing affected by the process of change? If so, please tell us how.

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* 20. Was your wellbeing affected by the process of change? If so, please tell us how.

Please tell us how you feel about journalism today.

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* 21. Please tell us how you feel about journalism today.

Age bracket

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* 22. Age bracket

Gender

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* 23. Gender

Highest level of education: Journalism education
None
Cadetship
Undergraduate degree
Postgraduate degree
Other (please specify)

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* 24. Highest level of education: Journalism education
None
Cadetship
Undergraduate degree
Postgraduate degree
Other (please specify)

Would you be interested in receiving the final product of the survey?

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* 25. Would you be interested in receiving the final product of the survey?

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