Journalists are being urged to reveal how much they earn as part of a new online survey launched after a weekly editor disclosed his salary.
South Yorkshire Times editor Jim Oldfield, who is currently on strike in a protest over job cuts, revealed last week that he is paid just £25,500 despite 37 years’ experience in journalism on both national and local titles.
Now Francois Nel, digital journalism specialist and founding director of the journalism leaders programme at the University of Central Lancashire, has created a survey in a bid to find out whether such wages are typical of the profession.
As well as revealing his own salary, Jim also said trainee journalists at South Yorkshire Newspapers were on £14,000; page designers £15,000; senior reporters £18,000; and assistant editors £24,000.
Francis is conducting the online study into journalists’ pay through a blog called UKjournopay new study: How are journalists being rewarded ?
He said: “There’s been a lot of talk about the financial health of the journalism industry. And there’s been quite a bit of discussion about the experiences of journalists who have left or been forced out of their jobs.
“But what about those staying behind? Just how are UK journalists, who face increasing demands, being rewarded?”
All journalists are being urged to complete the survey, which will form part of research being carried out at the School of Journalism, Media and Communication at the UCLan, in Preston.
People have until the end of next month to complete the survey, around 40 people have completed it so far. The results will be published in a report.