The American Society of News Editors annual newsroom census, released this morning, found that job losses accelerated in 2014, falling by more than 10 percent in a single year.
The net job loss of 3,800 brings the total number of news professionals to 32,900 — with additional losses clearly taking place so far in 2015. That total is down just over 40 per cent from a pre-recession peak of 55,000 in 2006.
It’s the biggest single year drop since the industry was shedding more than 10,000 jobs in 2007 and 2008. The comparable figure for 2013 was 1,300 jobs and 2,600 in 2012.
The survey began in 1978 to track progress in improving diversity in newspapers’ newsrooms and leadership ranks and continues to embrace that mission. Read more