“It’s estimated that the American newspaper workforce shrunk by a whopping 15% last year.”
“So what happens to a reporter or editor after she loses her job in an industry that isn’t creating any new jobs?”
So — where do laid-off journalists go? Ms Granju gives a few examples, and links to a piece in the American Journalism Review titled “Is There Life After Newspapers?” which gives plenty more details and anecdotes, but the money-quote out of all this discussion comes from a comment at the knoxnews blog, pointed out by Carolina blogger par excellence Jon Ham:
If journalists know half of what they pretend to know when they’re working as journalists, they should have no problem getting jobs as climatologists, engineers, lawyers, and military consultants, to name a few professions.