"The number of jobs eliminated in the newspaper industry rose by nearly 30% in 2011 from the prior year, according to the blog that has been tracking the human toll on the industry for the last five years."This is in line with the percentage of newspaper jobs lost since 1989.
"Nearly 1 in 3 newsroom jobs have been eliminated since the number of journalists peaked at 56,900 in 1989, according to an annual survey by the American Society of News Editors. At the end of 2010, only 41,600 scribes were left on the industry’s payrolls.Mutter gets his 2011 numbers from the newspaperlayoffs.com which is running this newspaper job loss map (information on Oregonian clicked).
"If only a fifth of the cuts identified by Smith in 2011 were in newsrooms, then barely 41,000 journalists will be left at America’s newspapers at year’s end. With the ASNE reporting that 52,600 journalists were on the job in 2007, then the projected newsroom headcount at the end of this year would be 22% lower than it was in 2007.
"In other words, the decline in newsroom employment has been twice as great since 2007 as the 11% drop in over-all industry employment. "