The National Union of Journalists is backing a national initiative designed to encourage employees to leave work on time.
Traditionally journalists have tended to work beyond their allotted hours with “clock-watching” generally frowned upon in the industry.
But the NUJ is calling on members to break the habit by supporting Go Home on Time day on 25 September.
General secretary Michelle Stanistreet says the 24-hour news cycle coupled with industry cutbacks means journalists are taking on more an more tasks.
Michelle told HTFP: “The NUJ is supporting Go Home on Time day – the day we remember we should have a work/life balance.
“We should have time to be with our loved ones, to have time to read a book or go out with our friends as well as doing a day’s or night’s work.
“We work under the pressure of a 24-hour news cycle, to tight deadlines. With the many cuts in our industry, we are often doing more than one person’s job and taking on more and more tasks.
“On 25 September, we will be encouraging our members and their colleagues to put on their coats when their shift is over and go home.”
Union staff have also created a special poster to mark the event which is being promoted across the UK by the charity Working Families.
Anyone planning to mark the date with an event is being asked to add it to the NUJ diary.