Decline of the newshound
The number of newsroom jobs slumped by almost one-quarter from 2008 to 2017. At the beginning of that period, there were 114,000 US reporters, editors, photographers and videographers working across newspaper, radio, broadcast television, cable and ‘other information services –by 2017, there were just 88,000 such jobs, says Pew Research Center.
Newspapers have been the primary driver of that decline. Print newsroom employees dropped by 45% over the period, from 71,000 workers to a mere 39,000 in 2017.
And while the number of digital-native newsroom employees increased by 79%, from about 7,400 workers to about 13,000 in 2017, this fell far short of offsetting the loss of around 32,000 newspaper newsroom jobs.