Since becoming the Detroit Free Press' recruiter in 1990, my work and the journalism industry have changed in unexpected ways. The transformation is rapid. One benefit is that I now learn from and help other Gannett recruiters. NewsRecruiter.com is a hub site that helps keep everything organized. It tells you what I am up to, it links to my latest work and it is a test site for new projects. My best ideas have always come from you, so please write.
Flat is the New Up
I have heard people say not even half jokingly, that flat is the new up in newspaper circulation figures.
No decline means you're doing pretty good. And circulation growth, well, dream on.
When the American Society of Newspaper Editors reported its newsroom census figures a little more than a week ago, they showed that newspaper editorial staffs had declined by 2,400 positions in 2007, but that online positions in newsrooms had stayed the same, around 1,700. The census is intended to track how well the nation's newsrooms reflect the diversity of the population, and there was not much to cheer about there, either, as the country keeps getting more diverse but newsrooms don't.
The survey does not disclose how many people saved their jobs by moving onto their newspapers' online staffs. Certainly the census should encourage people to apply for new-media openings.
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