#MeToo, Sexual Harassment and Coping Strategies in Norwegian Newsrooms

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#MeToo, Sexual Harassment and Coping Strategies in Norwegian Newsrooms


  • Trond Idås Norwegian Union of Journalists, Norway
  • Kristin Skare Orgeret Department of Journalism and Media Studies, Oslo Metropolitan University, Norway
  • Klas Backholm Political Science with Mass Communication, Åbo Akademi University, Finland


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Abstract:  This article, through conducting a study of the sexual harassment (SH) of media workers, investigates the extent and types of SH experienced by the editorial staff of Norwegian newsrooms at the time the #MeToo campaign arrived in Norway, and what effects such experiences have on journalists’ professional lives. We are also interested in what Norwegian media houses are doing to address these challenges. The leading research question consists of three interrelated parts: To what extent are journalists exposed to SH? What coping strategies do they use? How can newsrooms be better prepared to fight SH, from the perspective of the safety of journalists? A mixed methods approach, which combines findings from a quantitative questionnaire with qualitative in-depth interviews, was used to answer these questions. The findings show that female, young, and temporary media workers are significantly more frequently targeted than others and that those who had experienced SH handled the situation using avoiding strategies to a significantly greater extent than those who had only been exposed to unwanted attention experiences. The findings feed into a discussion of what strategies media houses can use to be better prepared in the fight against SH.

Keywords:  coping strategies; female journalists; journalism; newsrooms; safety; sexual harassment

Published:   25 February 2020


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DOI: https://doi.org/10.17645/mac.v8i1.2529


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