Boynton: A journalist working in an authoritarian regime is in an impossible situation. Their salaries climbed. Blame the combination of high stress and scarce career opportunities. The last few years have brought a mini-wave of journalists talking candidly about the effects of their work.
I do not know about the second one, but I am sure that the first one is not a part of any statistic. That sense of being an outsider faded away.
I'd rather have one that gets my heart pumping. University of Toronto psychology professor Anthony Feinsteinwho has conducted research on the mental health of journalists around the world, from Mexico to Iran to Kenya to war correspondentshas said in a report that before he began exploring the subject in the late s, he did a "thorough computer search of all the medical and psychological literature [and] failed to find a single article devoted to this subject.
Imagine you want to be a banker, a doctor or a car mechanic. In the vast majority of cases the reality is very very different.
One is that admitting that I struggle with anxiety and depression does not make me any worse of a journalist; it simply makes me a human being.
Journalists are frightened and are in a dilemma that puts them in between tell the truth or keep their jobs, or their life, but, in spite of that, to expect this kind of job from the communication professionals is not a crazy thing, and it does not seem either like an impossible utopia, because these people who work in the media have the resources and the power to educate the citizens, and to form them, and to go for a better society for the average person who have their hands tied because they have no power to change the situation.