RTDNA: There Are More Journalists Working In TV Newsrooms Than In Newspapers

From Poynter this morning:

For the first time in more than 20 years of research, the Radio Television Digital News Association/Hofstra University Survey found the total population of TV newsrooms has surpassed that of newspapers. In the study, out Monday, the average local TV newsroom employment remains just below its all-time high — and nearly 90 percent of news directors expect their staffing to increase or remain the same in the coming year.

Of the newsrooms that were hiring last year, nearly 20 percent of the newly created positions were digital-focused: web, social media or other digital media positions. That’s the highest proportion of new jobs.

The average size of a TV newsroom has been bigger than the average paper’s newsroom for several years, but this was a first in the study for overall numbers of TV news personnel over newspapers. The study hired news consultant Ken Doctor for the newspaper figures, since the American Society of Newspaper Editors stopped counting newspaper jobs in 2016.

Posted by Tim Morrissey