Ten years ago, I was working as a journalist for a small weekly newspaper in Florida. I was one of 54,000+ reporters churning out copy in America’s newsrooms. Times have certainly changed—not only for me, but the industry as a whole.
Since then, these newsrooms have been decimated by layoffs and recovering journalists like me running like hell for less layoff-prone professions like public relations and content marketing.
The Pew Research Center’s latest study
shows that there were a mere 38,000+ journalists in 2012. More recent numbers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics
put the number of people working for newspaper, periodical, book and directory publishers at around 27,420.
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It’s pretty clear though—the number of reporters has declined, and looks like it will continue to do so.
From The Huffington Post
Pew said that, along with the battering print has taken, the decline could be traced to the decisions by news organizations to devote more money and staff to digital advertising, social media and Web-friendly content.