Journalists No Longer Dying Breed — At Least In 2010

I missed this news from the American Society of News Editors a month ago. The number of journalists in America rose by 100 last year. I guess I’m technically no longer part of a dying breed. Woo hoo!

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Newsroom employment up slightly, minority numbers plunge for third year
Posted 4/7/2011 11:53:00 AM

American newspapers showed a very slim increase in newsroom employees last year, finally halting a three-year exodus of journalists.

The percentage of minorities in newsrooms totaled 12.79 percent, a decline of .47 percentage points from a year ago, according to the American Society of News Editors, which has conducted a census of professional full-time journalists since 1978.

This is the third consecutive year that the percentage of African-American, Asian, Latino, and Native American journalists has declined in U.S. newsrooms.

The number of professional journalists rose from an estimated 41,500 in 2009 to 41,600 in 2010, according to ASNE’s most recently completed census of online and traditional newspapers. American daily newspapers lost 13,500 newsroom jobs from 2007 to 2010.

In the most recent ASNE census, minority journalists declined from 5,500 to 5,300.

Read more here.

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