The number of journalists at digital outlets tripled in the past decade, but now it’s starting to plateau

You might have heard: The American Society of News Editors says it will no longer estimate the number of journalists working in newsrooms (ASNE)

But did you know: Analyzing the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Occupational Employment Statistics, Alex T. Williams finds that while the number of journalists at digital-native publishers has tripled in the past decade, that number is starting to plateau. And as fewer journalists are employed by newspapers, that’s a troubling trend, Williams writes: “With fewer journalists working today, reporters are becoming increasingly concentrated in coastal cities, investigative journalism and local statehouse reporting is declining, and the ratio of journalists to public relations specialists is widening.” According to the OES data, newspapers have laid off 25,000 journalists since 2005, while digital publishers have only hired about 7,000 journalists.