Pub. date: 2009 | Online Pub. Date: December 16, 2009 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412972048 | Print ISBN: 9780761929574 | Online ISBN: 9781412972048| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Key Documents: Section IV. Data on the Status and Practice of Journalism - Journalism Employment/Careers
By Bob Papper I spoke to a number of local TV news directors in July and August who said that they were among the “lucky ones” that haven't had to cut staff or leave positions unfilled this year. Actually, I think their experience has been typical. In a follow-up to the RTNDA/Hofstra University Survey of more than 300 stations, almost three-quarters have reported either no staff cuts or staff increases. Unfilled positions were counted as staff reductions, and news directors were quick to point out that most of those TV news staff reductions happened through attrition, or by hiring freezes, rather than letting people go. TV news' itinerant nature makes that easier to accomplish. TV News Staff Changes Since January 1, 2008 In an era of generally increasing TV news staff, those figures are comparatively depressing. Most years, the percentage of stations with increases would be 10 percent higher, and ...