Aug 4, 2018

By the numbers: The shrinking media landscape

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Over nine years, newsrooms shrank by 23%, according to a recent Pew Research survey.

Why it matters: The media landscape is changing, as employment from newspapers drop and digital media employment grows.

By the numbers:
  • 27,000 newsroom jobs were lost between 2008 and 2017.
  • Newspaper employment dropped by 45% in the same period, decreasing from 71,000 jobs to 39,000.
  • There was a 79% increase in digital-native newsroom employment from 2008-2017, growing from 7,400 workers to around 13,000.
  • Cable television employment was relatively stable, sitting at 28,000 since 2008.
  • There was a 27% decrease in radio broadcasting employment, dropping from 4,600 to 3,300 workers.
  • Across all newsrooms, reporters made up the bulk (45-50%) of employment since 2008.

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