Thursday, April 16, 2009

Newspapers cut 5,900 jobs in 2008

Almost 6,000 newspaper journalists lost their jobs last year -- the biggest one-year drop in history -- according to an official account released Thursday by the American Society of News Editors (ASNE), which has conducted annual newsroom surveys for more than three decades.

"Newspapers shed 5,900 newsroom jobs last year, reducing their employment of journalists by 11.3 percent to the levels of the early 1980s," the ASNE said.

Not only were the job losses the largest annual decline in the history of the ASNE census, they follow a drop of 2,400 jobs a year ago. Jobs doing print journalism now stand at 46,700, compared to 56,900 in 1990, when the numbers were the highest on record.

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(Paper Cuts, which tracks newspaper layoffs via a Google map, reports 8,097-plus jobs gone this year)

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