chapter  14
New technology: how journalism can damage your health
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Journalism can damage your health. Many in the industry find it extremelystressful. A survey of media workers by Anthony Delano and John Henningham(1995) found that 51 per cent considered that they experienced high levels of stress while 24 per cent felt that the levels were very high. Another survey, commissioned by Guardian Financial Services and published in July 1996, found that more than 75 per cent of media employees had seen stress play a significant part in causing physical ill-health. Migraines, headaches, ulcers, irritable bowel syndrome, digestive problems and heart disease were among the stress-related conditions suffered. Almost half of those surveyed felt their bosses were doing nothing to reduce stress levels. By 2004, the NUJ was claiming that stress amongst journalists had reached ‘epidemic levels’ (Hardy 2004).