Media and news job cuts this year are expected to hit the lowest level since at least 2008, according to data from Challenger Gray & Christmas reported by the Axios Media Trends newsletter.
That sounds encouraging — maybe it actually is – but the reason for the lower number of job losses seems to be so many were let go in 2020. Who was left to lay off?
Poynter has been maintaining a list of jobs losses during the pandemic. The Pew Research Center said earlier this year the nunmber of newsroom jobs have fallen 26% since 2008 with big declines in newspaper newsrooms and big increases (but not as big as the newspaper declines) in digital-native newsrooms.
This year, announced newsroom job cuts are down to around 1,500, according to Challenger Gray & Christmas.