Despite declining employment in legacy print media, journalists are still getting jobs. At least, according to Michael Mendel, who writes:
But remember this: Old industries can decline even as new jobs growth. In fact, the field of journalism is going through a massive innovative spurt that is creating jobs even as others are being destroyed. About a month ago I did a post on exactly this subject, where I looked at unpublished BLS data and help-wanted data from The Conference Board. Here’s what I found:
- Employment at newspapers is down about 5% over the past year.
- The number of help-wanted ads for “news analysts, reporters, and correspondents” is up 15% compared to a year ago.
- More people are telling the BLS that they are working as a news analyst, reporter, or correspondent compared to a year ago.
- Roughly half the want-ads for news analysts, reporters and correspondents contain the words ‘digital’, ‘internet’, ‘online’, or ‘mobile’.
It looks like my optimistic blogging while in journalism school was justified. Back then I wrote “Newspapers die – long live journalists”. I argued that young journalists with the right skills would come out of the crisis stronger – without the out-of-date habits of our older colleagues, but with a better understanding of the current and future environment.
These days, I have been officially over on the dark side for almost a year now, but I am using the very skills I was talking about: digital communication, willingness to adapt to change, and an understanding – or at least interest in attempting to understand – the journalism industry.
I think it’s going to be ok.
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