Well, The Editorialiste reader Simon Owens took the next step -- naturally, for a journalist -- and asked study author and Ball State instructor Dr. Scott Reinardy more questions about burnout over at Bloggasm. As it turns out, Reinardy's just explored the tip of the iceberg, and that this survey was only the first of several to come:
Read more of Simon's questions, and Reinardy's answers, here. Thanks, Simon!
Those intending to leave indicate that they will freelance, enter public relations, move into academia or return to school to advance their education in another area,” he replied. “Those are the primary answers. It’s really a mixed bagged, but the fact remains that there is a substantial percentage who intend to get out.”
He further speculated that many might try their hands at online media, and that those who do want to move away from newspapers but remain in the media have plenty of opportunities elsewhere.