Often the U.S. can find a mirror in the economic health of the UK. So it’s a great concern to learn that the number of UK journalism jobs has decreased by up to 33 percent in the past 10 years.
According to a new report by University of Central Lancashire journalism researcher Francois Nel, the country across the pond has lost between 27 and 33 percent of all its journalism jobs in the past decade. Currently the UK has 40,000 jobs for journalists in news organizations.
The sector was also hit hard by the recession, as 9,500 jobs fell by the wayside from January 2007 to June 2009, while nearly 8,800 newspaper jobs has disappeared since December 2008.
But, of course, students have continued to flock towards the profession, as journalism university graduates in the UK have reached historical heights with nearly 7,600 graduating in 2008/09 school year.
In Nel’s research, he uses the term “mainstream journalism corp,” so maybe at least some of those jobs went to online ventures. Then we would really mirror each other.
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