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Media-alan työntekijöiden kokemuksia etätyöstä ja työhyvinvoinnista koronapandemian aikana (2023)
Media workers' experiences of remote work and well-being during the Covid-19 pandemic

Koivula, M., Rouvali, T., Rantanen, J., Saari, T., Veistola, S., Parkatti, A., & Villi, M. (2023). Media-alan työntekijöiden kokemuksia etätyöstä ja työhyvinvoinnista koronapandemian aikana. Media ja viestintä, 46(4), 45-66. https://doi.org/10.23983/mv.127909

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All authors or editorsKoivula, Minna; Rouvali, Tuomas; Rantanen, Johanna; Saari, Tiina; Veistola, Sara; Parkatti, Anne; Villi, Mikko

Journal or seriesMedia ja viestintä



Publication year2023

Publication date20/12/2023


Issue number4

Pages range45-66

PublisherMedia- ja viestintätieteellinen seura MEVI ry

Publication countryFinland

Publication languageFinnish


Publication open accessOpenly available

Publication channel open accessOpen Access channel

Publication is parallel published (JYX)https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/92845


The COVID-19 pandemic shaped work in the media industry in fundamental ways as it forced media organizations to move to remote work in early 2020. In this study, we ex-amine Finnish media workers' experiences of remote work and occupational well-be-ing and ask how their experiences of (remote) work and well-being changed after the pandemic began. We approach these questions through a longitudinal survey data set (n = 355) collected from the members of the Finnish Union of Journalists before the pandemic in September 2019 and during the pandemic in October 2020. The results indicate that 98 percent of journalists felt the pandemic had an influence on their
working life and as large a part as 37 percent experienced those changes as negative. However, we found no significant changes in work engagement between the two measurement points. Moreover, media workers reported less cognitive stress symp-toms in 2020 compared to 2019. The qualitative analysis of open-ended questions from the 2020 survey highlights how media workers experienced the move to the home office as a hindrance on interaction between colleagues which was seen to re-sult in difficulties in creativity. Finally, our analysis indicates that during the pandemic, remote work was experienced as a balancing act between the inherent creativity of media work and working efficiency on the individual level.

KeywordspandemicsCOVID-19media sectorremote workefficiency (properties)well-being at workwork engagementstress (biological phenomena)work communitiesinteractionexperiences (knowledge)

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Ministry reportingYes

Reporting Year2023

JUFO rating2

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