Tuesday, December 20, 2011

2011 Newspaper Job Losses 30% More Than In 2010

Alan D. Mutter reports:
"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.

"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. "
Mutter gets his 2011 numbers from the newspaperlayoffs.com which is running this newspaper job loss map (information on Oregonian clicked).


MAX Redline said...

Most of those who continue to draw their breath and their paycheck at "newspapers" today are nothing more than columnists.

Ten Mile Island said...

I've been writing an article for the last several weeks, and the initial posting received some real, needed criticism from my son. So, I withdrew it.

It has to do with continuous functions, and a lot of the assumptions that underlie what we refer to as accepted economic theory.

But what happens, when some of these accepted, underlying assumptions occur against a background of external (exogenous) forces, that create unexpected shifts in normally smooth curves?

Your post serves to re-enforce my observation that a lot of commonly held beliefs about employment aren't being represented by the current markets for the supply and demand for labour. There is no "smooth" curve. There are "ratchets" that occur, as people who are used to receiving a certain, higher wage are faced with the reality that increasing regulation and mandates are making them the target for force reduction.

Middle-management is no longer secure. In fact, they may be the next wave of unemployable.

Nice post.


T. D. said...

Max and TMI,

Thanks to you both for your helpful comments and encouragement this past year. May 2012 be full of blessings for you and your families.