More Deliverables on media workers can be found on the MCB website. After D4.1, it is the turn of D5.1. As you might remember, D4.1. set the basis for the study of media workers in Brussels by defining the differences between media professionals, media companies’ employees and media producers. It also explained why and how to study media workers’ profiles and skills. Building on this theoretical expertise, D5.1 proposes to define how and why to set up a study of media workers’ mobility and attachment to the city.
Work Package 5 focuses on Brussels’ media workers’ mobility and attachment. The scope moves thus from a macro perspective to a micro, sociological interactionism perspective. The report sets the basis for the qualitative study of mobility and attachment of media workers to Brussels with a critical perspective. The approach is in-depth and aims at analysing a variety of media workers in a diversity of settings, companies, clusters and environments, in a first step and longitudinal because it is based on a case study (journalists) as a second step. As such, this part of the project proposes to fill the gap between media production and working life.
Media workers’ mobility
The notion of mobility re-groups spatial factors that influence daily travels. Work mobility, a phenomenon that has become relatively common, regroups all physical travel from one location to another in order to accomplish work related tasks.
These travels not only include travel to go to and from the workplace but also during work hours. Studies on spatial mobility have shown that inhabitants of compact urban areas cover smaller distances than those living in suburban and rural areas, and that more dense areas are more inclined to use public transport and non-motorised modes of transportation. However, it is also a process influenced by social position and transportation means as well as personal events (change of jobs, starting a family life, etc.). In this sense, we aim at studying where media workers work and live, how they get to and back from work and how they need to move during the day and after work.
Media workers’ attachment
Tied to the practical implications of spatial agglomeration and work mobility for workers, is attachment: Social, emotional or place attachment, — e.g. the feelings of being attached to, to feel a part of, to be link to Brussels. Attachment can be directed towards a place, a community, or even a workplace. Attachment and mobility can be regarded as opposite but also as complementary, as literature shows. When it comes to workplace attachment, networks (so called friendship and trust networks) are important to generate positive feelings towards an institution and organizational identification.