Pew Research has provided a glimpse of the state of newsroom employment in the U.S., providing nine charts in its Factank feature.
Among the facts: Newsroom employment in the U.S. fell by 25 percent over the past decade; layoffs hit mid-market newspapers the hardest in 2018; one-in-five newsroom employees live in New York, LA or Washington; newsroom employees are less demographically diverse than U.S. workers overall; and newsroom employees with a college degree make less than other college-educated workers.
On the mid-market layoffs, Pew says around a third of mid-market papers (36 percent) had layoffs, compared with 18 percent of lower-circulation papers (those with circulations between 50,000 and 99,999) and 29 percent of high-circulation papers (at least 250,000).
On diversity in the newsroom, Pew said newsroom employees are more likely to be white and male than U.S. workers overall. About three-quarters (76 percent) of newsroom employees are non-Hispanic white. That’s the case for 64 percent of U.S. workers in all occupations and industries combined.