Motivation, Risk-taking and Front-line Journalism: A Pilot Study

By Jagg Carr-Locke and Anthony Feinstein.

Published by The Humanities Collection

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Why do some journalists choose the potentially high-risk career path of war reporting, while others choose low-risk, domestic-based work? Predicting career path using survey data from final-year students of journalism.

Keywords: Journalism, War journalists, Risk-taking behaviour, Motivation

International Journal of the Humanities, Volume 3, Issue 8, pp.19-24. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.980MB).

Prof. Jagg Carr-Locke

Professor Carr-Locke has had dual careers in journalism and education. Following the achievement of her first undergraduate degree from Montreal's Concordia University in 1982, she worked for many years in both radio and television for Canada's public broadcaster, the CBC. During those years she received an M.A. in political science from the University of Toronto. She changed tacks and for a few years (following a B.Ed.), taught liberal arts to senior high school students. She later returned to journalism and the CBC, remaining there until 2000, at which time she was appointed assistant professor of journalism at Ryerson University in Toronto. The following year she began doctoral studies in political science at the University of Toronto. Her work (supported by the International Development Research Centre in Ottawa) examines the role of journalism in advancing democratisation in sub-Saharan Africa. Her dissertation is entitled: "Journalism and the state in Uganda: a tenuous relationship in a transitional democracy." This is her first conference.

Anthony Feinstein

Anthony Feinstein, MPhil, PhD, FRCP(C) is Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto. In 2000 he won a Guggenheim Fellowship to study mental health issues in post-apartheid Namibia. Dr. Feinstein is author of Dangerous Lives: War and the Men and Women Who Report It (Thomas Allen, Toronto 2003), The Clinical Neuropsychiatry of Multiple Sclerosis (Cambridge University Press 1999, 2nd ed 2005), and In Conflict, an autobiographical account of his time as a medical officer in the Angolan and Namibian wars. He has published widely in peer-reviewed journals and has authored many book chapters.

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