Newsroom Layoffs Rose by 30% This Year

The latest survey shows that the number of newspaper jobs eliminated this year rose by 30 percent from last year. Notable stats from the full article at PR Daily News include:

  • 45,000: Number of journalism jobs at U.S. newspapers in 1978, the first year the American Society of News Editors (ASNE) conducted the survey.
  • 41,000: Number of journalism jobs at U.S. newspapers at the end of this year.
  • 56,900: The number of journalism newspaper jobs in 1989, the peak from 1978 to today.
  • 1 in 3: Newsroom jobs eliminated since the number of journalists peaked at 56,900 in 1989.
  • 3 out of 4: Number of years The New York Times has offered buyouts, and this week its parent company announced it was selling its 16 mid-size newspapers.
  • 15,993: The number of journalism jobs cut in 2008, the peak year for layoffs.

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