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Newsroom Employment Drops to Lowest Level since 1978 -- but Online Jobs Up

Magazine article Editor & Publisher

Newsroom Employment Drops to Lowest Level since 1978 -- but Online Jobs Up

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Newsroom employment at newspapers has plunged 11.3% in 2008, with the industry losing some 5,900 jobs, according to the American Society of News Editors (ASNE). It's the biggest drop the organization has recorded since it first started conducting its newsroom employment survey in 1978.

The number of jobs losses more than doubled in 2008 compared with 2007 when the industry shed 2,400 jobs.

The number of newsroom jobs is now at a level last seen during the early 1980s.

However, other findings from the survey include a 21% rise year-over-year in online-only journalists to 2,300, of which 19.6% were minorities.

"The loss of journalists is a loss for democracy," Charlotte Hall, president of ANSE and editor of the Orlando Sentinel, said in a statement.

For the 2009 census, 931 dailies out of 1,405 responded to the survey.

The survey revealed that the number of minorities employed in newsrooms is stagnant and that minorities represent 13. …

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