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There Are More Than Twice As Many Editors As Reporters

There were 64,590 reporters and news analysts in 1999. Over the past decade, that number fell by nearly 20,000 to 46,000.

At the same time, the number of working editors rose by 10,000 to 105,000.

So there are more than double the number of editors in the world as reporters.

We want to believe that some of this discrepancy is simply a matter of terminology—after all, your humble MediaJobsDaily blogger’s title is “Editor,” and the Patch staff who run around reporting, shooting photos and video, and Tweeting are also called editors. Copy-editors, too, could be classified as “editors” even though they don’t fit the J. Jonah Jameson stereotype.

But it’s also not unlikely that many news organizations are now top-heavy.

A side note from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette story that dug up these numbers: There are 243,000 PR specialists in the country, up from 118,000 a decade ago.

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Man, Not Even Spidey Can Keep His Job in Journalism

Sign of the times: Photojournalist (and secret crimefighter!) Peter Parker is getting canned in tomorrow’s issue of Amazing Spider-Man.

According to Marvel’s release, which we read about from Washington Post comics blogger Michael Cavna‘s Comic Riffs, Spidey’s actually getting fired for pissing off J. Jonah Jameson, not laid off. Apparently the Daily Bugle is in better financial shape than most real-world papers.

Still, according to the release, Spidey is “going to struggle with unemployment and trying to save the city while he can barely afford to keep a roof over his head.”

Sounds familiar.

Cavna adds: “A big-city journalist getting the boot? File this under ‘horror,’ as we read peeking through our ink-stained fingers.”

(Incidentally: the Wikipedia entry for the Daily Bugle is more detailed than the entries for many real newspapers. Did you know the paper has an editorial policy? And like a thousand characters work there?)