A senior producer has written anonymously about bullying in the newsroom of a current television network, ultimately driving her to resign.
The 45 year old, who has worked as reporter, newsreader, senior reporter, morning news anchor wrote on the 9Honey site that she was hired 6 months ago for her experience in a newsroom full of “twenty-somethings.”
But while some proved helpful, others were as cold as ice.
She wrote, “I very soon realised the ‘pecking order’ among the women of the newsroom. There seemed to be an all-round attitude of arrogance, unfriendliness and curtness. I wondered if one person had set the tone and the others had decided to follow suit. Nonetheless, I was determined to remain friendly, after all, I was the newest, the most technically inept and I was lucky to be there, right?
“In my mind, I knew I was an excellent journalist. I’d covered every possible type of story and event, from civil war to murder and celebrity, I’d interviewed presidents, princes, and pop stars. I’d worked in three countries in TV, radio and print – and I was sure I’d make a great contribution to this new role.
“Yet within three weeks, my place in the organisation had been set. I was a junior in the eyes of the juniors. I had made great strides from a technical proficiency point of view, and was getting through the work at a good pace, but I’d also presented the twenty-somethings with a dilemma. I suspect they didn’t know where to place me. There I was, older than all of them and far more experienced, but brand new in this organisation and on a massively steep learning curve.
“They could have embraced me, but instead they chose the opposite. On a daily basis I was either completely ignored, or spoken to like I was an incompetent idiot. I was sent to get coffee, tissues and even brownies for the ‘hosts’ and only spoken to in order to be criticised, reprimanded, or ridiculed for my lack of technical expertise.
“I began to dread going into work. Nothing affected me more than walking in at 3am every day, greeting everyone and not getting some much as a “hi” in response. I began to feel anxious every night before bed and from the minute I woke `in the morning. As I walked into the newsroom, a sick feeling would sweep over me. I’d put my head down, get on with the work and keep myself to myself, always dreading the minute someone mentioned my name, knowing it would only be to criticise.”
After just 6 weeks she had enough.
“Finally, I couldn’t take it anymore. I thought about using my sick leave for some mental health leave, but even then, I knew they’d got the better of me. I felt broken. Each day in the newsroom was soul-destroying. So, I quit.”
You can read the full story at 9Honey.