Job losses at newspapers is the driving force behind an overall continued decline in newsroom employment, according to an analysis of recent survey information launched by the Pew Research Center on Tuesday.
The information, collected by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, reveals that from 2008 to 2018, newsroom employment within the U.S. was cut by 25 %. The overall number of workers in newspaper, radio, broadcast tv, cable, and other data declined from about 114,000 in 2008 to 86,000 in 2018.
The newspaper sector saw the most critical drop in staff.
In 2008, there was approximately 71,000 staff working at U.S. newspapers. In 2018, that quantity was just 38,000, a decrease of 47 %.
The digital-native sector was the one area to experience vital growth over the past decade, with the variety of workers increasing by 82 % from about 7,400 employees in 2008 to approximately 13,500 in 2018.
Broadcast television newsroom worker levels have remained unchanged at about 28,000 between 2008 and 2018.
Radio broadcasting has lost more than a quarter of its newsroom employees, nonetheless, going from about 4,600 employees in 2008 to about 3,400 in 2018.
“The best crisis in American journalism is the death of native news,” Baquet stated on the International News Media Association World Congress in New York City in May. “I do not know what the reply is.
“Their financial model is gone. I feel most local newspapers in America are going to die within the subsequent five years, apart from those that have been bought by a local billionaire,” Baquet continued.
“I feel that everyone who cares about information — myself included, and all of you — should take this on as a difficulty,” the 62-year-previous Pulitzer Prize winner added. “Because we’re going to get up one day and there are going to be whole states with no journalism or with little tiny pockets of journalism.
“I’m not nervous about Los Angeles and New York. I don’t know what the model is for protecting the varsity boards in Newark, N.J. That makes me nervous,” he added.