— This study analyzes an individuals’ career development as well as strength of the organizations in the newspaper industry in order to find a source for guiding the strength of the organization, because the newspaper industry has a significant impact on public opinion and society. Testimonies, which had been taken from ten interviews in two national newspaper companies in Japan, were analyzed. There were some notable differences in corporate culture between the two companies. One had a considerably “free” culture whereas another was “bureaucratic.” These organizational differences were considered to affect reporters/writers whose article subsequently influences public opinion. In both companies, employees had a strong pride and identity as journalists, working in a professional enterprise. One factor enabling a formation of an enhanced organization with a sense of unity might be that journalists with the highest level of intelligence and business accomplishment ability work in Japanese newspaper companies. At the same time, this might be because people having strong motivation and sense of mission for newspaper production joined the company.
— Corporate culture, interviews, Japanese newspaper industry, journalists’ career development, organizational strength.
Hiromi Cho is with the Department of Media and Communications, Toyo University, Tokyo, Japan (e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org).
Kuniko Ishiguro is with the Faculty of Foreign Studies at Bunkyo Gakuin University, Tokyo, Japan (e-mail: email@example.com).
Cite: Hiromi Cho and Kuniko Ishiguro, " Organizational Strength and Individual Career: A Qualitative Study on Individual Career Formation in the Newspaper Industry," International Journal of Innovation, Management and Technology vol. 6, no. 4, pp. 309-315, 2015.