Visual jobs in newsrooms have fallen by nearly half since 2000


Staff jobs for photographers, artists and videographers reported in the American Society of News Editors' annual census have dropped 43 percent since 2000, Monica Anderson writes.

By comparison, the number of full-time newspaper reporters and writers dropped by 32%—from 25,593 to 17,422. In the same period, 27% of copy and layout editor and online producer jobs were lost, falling from 10,901 to 7,980.

In the last three years, Anderson notes, jobs in those categories have fallen 18 percent, much faster than copy editors or reporters.

Rick Edmonds noted in June, on the release of the most recent ASNE census, that total newsroom employment fell about 6 percent over the year before. Some big papers, including the Los Angeles Times and USA Today, didn't participate in the last census, Edmonds wrote.

  • Andrew Beaujon

    Andrew Beaujon reported on the media for Poynter from 2012 to 2015. He was previously arts editor at and managing editor of Washington City Paper. He's the author of the 2006 book "Body Piercing Saved My Life," about Christian rock and evangelical Christian culture.


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