In 2012, the number is estimated to have dipped below 40,000 employees for the first time since the census began in 1978.
The newspaper industry alone shed 28% of its employees since its peak in 2001, according to The American Society of News Editors’ annual newsroom census.
From 1998 through 2010, eighteen newspapers and two newspaper chains closed all of their foreign bureaus, according to a tally by American Journalism Review. Other outlets reduced the number of correspondents in their bureaus.
The effects of a decade of newsroom cutbacks drives the abandonment of the newspapers
The effects of a decade of newsroom cutbacks are real – and the public is taking notice.
Nearly a third of U.S. adults, 31%, have stopped turning to a news outlet because it no longer provided them with the news they were accustomed to getting.
Digital players have exploded onto the news scene, bringing technological knowhow and new money and luring top talent. BuzzFeed, once scoffed at for content viewed as “click bait,” now has a news staff of 170, including top names like Pulitzer Prize-winner Mark Schoofs, and is the kind of place that ProPublica’s Paul Steiger says he would want to work at if he were young again. Mashable now has a news staff of 70 and enticed former New York Times assistant managing editor Jim Roberts to become its chief content officer. And in January of this year, Ezra Klein left the Washington Post for Vox media, which will become the new home for his explanatory journalism concept. Many of these companies are already successful digital brands – built around an innate understanding of technology – and are using revenues from other parts of the operation to get the news operations off the ground.
Although it would be easy to accept the veteran reporter's opinion that free news undermines the republic, free information on the Internet is the new norm and traditional print news is being forced to adapt. Many have claimed that the new advent of news on the Internet is less in ‘quality” they acknowledge that it is plentiful in quantity.
Some argue that price reduction pressure has reduced the quality and that is driving the abandonment of the newspapers.
But other say that people are voting with their feet, or in this case, with their mouse.
In the case of Internet news, advertiser’s dollars tell us where they are finding the eyeballs for the target market the seek.
The year also brought more evidence than ever that news is a part of the explosion of social media and mobile devices, and in a way that could offer opportunity to reach more people with news than ever before. Half of Facebook users get news there even though they did not go there looking for it. And the Facebook users who get news at the highest rates are 18-to-29-year-olds. The same is true for the growth area of online video. Half of those who watch some kind of online video watch news videos. Again, young people constitute the greatest portion of these viewers.
Despite evidence of news consumption by Facebook users—half of whom report getting news across at least six topic areas—recent Pew Research data finds these consumers to have rather low levels of engagement with news sites
In digital news, Following the lead of early adapters like The Atlantic and Mashable, native advertising, as it is called by the industry, caught on rapidly in 2013. The New York Times, The Washington Post and most recently The Wall Street Journal have now begun or announced plans to begin devoting staff to this kind of advertising, often as a part of a new “custom content division.”eMarketer predicts that native ads spending will reach $2.85 billion by 2014.
New ways of storytelling bring both promise and challenge. One area of expansion in 2013 was online news video. Ad revenue tied to digital videos over all (no firm calculates a figure specifically for news videos) grew 44% from 2012 to 2013 and is expected to continue to increase.
The long-dormant sponsorship ad category is seeing sharp growth.
The growth of paid digital content experiments may have a significant impact on both news revenue and content.
A majority of Americans seek out a full news story after hearing about an event or issue from friends and family, a new Pew Research survey released finds. Social networking is now a part of this process as well: 15% of U.S. adults get most of their news from friends and family this way, and the vast majority of them (77%) follow links to full news stories. Among 18-to-29 year-olds, the percentage that primarily relies on social media for this kind of news already reaches nearly one-quarter.