US newspapers end 3-year slide in newsroom hiring

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Posted: Apr 07, 2011 3:15 PM
US newspapers end 3-year slide in newsroom hiring

A survey by the American Society of News Editors says U.S. newspapers added a small number of newsroom jobs last year after a three-year slide.

The survey released Thursday at the group's annual convention in San Diego estimates there were 41,600 newsroom jobs at U.S. print and online newspapers last year, up 0.2 percent from 41,500 in 2009. Newsrooms shed 13,500 jobs from 2007 to 2010 amid sharp declines in advertising.

The survey also finds the percentage of minorities employed in U.S. newsrooms fell 0.47 percentage point to 12.79 percent. The number of minority journalists slid to 5,300 from 5,500, the third straight year that the percentage of black, Hispanic, Asian and Native American journalists has declined.

Nearly 60 percent of 1,450 print and online newspapers responded to the survey.