Occupational stress and job satisfaction in media personnel assigned to the Iraq war (2003): a qualitative study

Neil Greenberg, Samantha Thomas, Dominic Murphy, Christopher Dandeker

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    This paper investigates occupational stressors amongst media personnel assigned to work on covering the Iraq War via interviews with 54 journalists from the BBC and Reuters, who worked in Iraq between February and April 2003. A range of stressors were identified that could be categorized into three main themes, control over the situation, support from management and grief from the death of colleagues. Journalists not embedded with military units were more likely to report negative physical and emotional health outcomes. The study concludes that hazardous work environments do not, by themselves, cause stress and poor job satisfaction. Rather, organizational factors, the imbalance between the ability to make decisions about how to carry out their job effectively and the perceived rewards of working in such environments appear to have a greater impact on work related stress.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)356 - 371
    Number of pages16
    JournalJournalism Practice
    Issue number3
    Publication statusPublished - 2007

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