In an unsurprising, but undeniably sad, reflection on the state of the US newspaper industry, a major survey shows that newsroom jobs have fallen to their lowest level since 1978, the year of the first such survey.
The latest annual decline to the 37-year low totalled 10.4%, according to the research by the American Society of News Editors (ASNE). It shows that newsroom employment dropped to 32,900 in 2014 compared to 36,700 the year before.
Readers are, of course, preferring to go online for news information. Unfortunately, participation in the survey by online-only news outlets was relatively small. A bigger sample might have painted a somewhat different editorial employment picture.
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