Wednesday, 4 April 2012

Number of journalists on US papers hits new low

The number of journalists working at U.S. newspapers today is at the lowest point since the American Society of News Editors began its annual newsroom census in 1978, according to the blog Reflections of a Newsosour which is written by a veteran media executive.

It says that in the US newspapers now employ 40,600 editors and reporters vs. a peak of 56,900 in the pre-Internet year of 1990, according to the
census released on Wednesday (April 4) . Thus, newsroom headcount has fallen by 28.6% from its modern-day high.


David Morris said...

This is not surprising at all. Online journalism and blogs have been on the rise for a number of years. Eventually, traditional print media will cease to exist. said...

Great topic. I believe there will be print newspapers with websites simply because folks love to pick up a paper. Maybe in another 60 years we'll use hand held devices to read print media. I also think "beat" reporters will be more in demand but those that are in-house will be limited in no#'s.