Newsroom Workforce

Number of Workers

Total newsroom work force Minorities in workforce
1978 45000 1900
1979 47000 2300
1980 45500 2400
1981 49000 2700
1982 50000 2800
1983 50400 2900
1984 53800 3100
1985 54000 3400
1986 54700 3600
1987 55300 3900
1988 56200 4200
1989 56900 4500
1990 55700 4900
1991 54500 5100
1992 53600 5500
1993 53700 5600
1994 53800 5900
1995 55000 6100
1996 54000 6100
1997 54700 6300
1998 55100 6400
1999 56200 6700
2000 56400 6600
2001 54400 6600
2002 54700 6900
2003 54200 7000
2004 54100 7300
2005 53600 7400
2006 55000 7400
2007 52600 7100
2008 46700 6300
2009 41500 5500
2010 41600 5300
2011 40600 5000
2012 38000 4700

Source: American Society of News Editors, Newsroom Employment Census, 2013
Note: ASNE labels its data according to the release date. Pew Research presents the data according to the year the data were compiled. Minorities include Native Americans, African Americans, Latinos and Asian Americans.