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Journalism Census Depicts Slight Shrink in Newspaper Staff

header_logoThe American Society of News Editors and the Missouri School of Journalism’s Center for Advanced Social Research Archives yesterday announced the results of its newsroom census. In 2013, there were 36,700 full-time newspaper journalists at 1,400 daily U.S. newspapers, down approximately 3.5 percent compared to 2012.

“Producing the employment census each year is a significant effort on the part of ASNE, but as the leaders of America’s newsrooms, we feel it’s essential to keep this data front and center,” said ASNE president David Boardman in the census results announcement. ”We remain committed to doing all we can to help our newsrooms, and our news reports, better reflect the diverse nature of the communities we cover.”

The census found that approximately 4,900 (13.34 percent) of said journalists are racial and ethnic minorities, a 200 person (approximately 1 percent) increase from 2012. ASNE also reports that “63 percent of the news organizations surveyed have at least one woman among their top three editors.”

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