Stress survey being issue by NUJ Scotland

A SURVEY about stress on newspaper and broadcast newsdesks is being sent out by the Scottish division of the National Union of Journalists.

The investigation – based on guidelines drawn up by the Health and Safety Executive – is being issued after a similar exercise four years ago.

Says the NUJ, five newspaper editors and deputy editors in Scotland are understood to be currently off, ill with stress.

Four years ago, three newspaper groups, plus the BBC, were surveyed: The Herald group, The Scotsman group and the Daily Record and Sunday Mail.

The survey is being issued throughout this week to all the major newspaper groups operating in Scotland – both weekly newspapers and dailies/Sundays.

The NUJ Scottish Organiser, Paul Holleran, told “The results of the survey four years ago showed excessive and unacceptable levels of stress in each case. It also led to the Scottish Affairs Committee at Westminster ordering media employers to get their act together to tackle the stress amongst their editorial staff. I have to say the situation is worrying and employers need to acknowledge what is happening and work with us to turn it around.”