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86% of journalists believe that the main challenges faced by the media are economic and financial – IMI survey

12.09.2022, 12:31

86% of journalists believe that the main challenges faced by the Ukrainian media are economic and financial.

These are the results of an anonymous targeted survey conducted by the Institute of Mass Information in August 2022, which included 217 journalists from all regions of Ukraine*.

This once again confirms the trend towards the deterioration of the journalists' financial situation, which was reported by 74% of the respondents.

Another alarming indicator among the challenges for media workers is psychological exhaustion, inability to rest, and constant stress, which were reported by 69%** – the highest indicator since the beginning of hostilities on Ukrainian territory in 2014. For example, according to an IMI survey, in April 2021, only 47% of journalists reported the need in training on how to deal with stress.

Other acute challenges for the Ukrainian media include the issues of russian disinformation, the growing popularity of manipulative Telegram channels, and the deterioration of communication with state bodies – 45 and 42%, respectively**.

*The research was carried out through an anonymous online survey based on an interactive structured questionnaire. Links to the questionnaire were sent out to potential respondents – journalists and editors. A total of 230 responses were received, of which 13 respondents do not work in the media/journalism field, so the analysis included 217 responses from media workers. 29% of the respondents are from the central regions of Ukraine, 21% are from the south, 19% are from the west, 12% are from the north, 11% are from the east and 8% are from Kyiv city. 64% are women, 35% are men, 1% other genders. The survey was conducted in August 2022.

**The sum of the answers does not equal 100%, as the respondents could choose multiple answers.

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