Journalism in the US is seriously affected by the epidemic. It is estimated that the employment of 28,000 employees in this industry has been affected.
About 28,000 employees of the US newspaper and media companies have been laid off, fired, or given a pay cut since the corona virus appeared, according to the New York Times.
US media businesses were already in decline before the outbreak in the country last month.
Since the outbreak, the economic recession that nearly 17 million Americans lost their jobs has led to cuts, layoffs and closures in many newspapers, including weekly weeks like Seven Days in Burlington, Vermont and Gannett. , the largest newspaper publisher in the US.
Finding readers is not a problem for publishers. The demand for news in times of crisis brings readers to newspapers.
However, due to the epidemic, many businesses suspended operations or closed. These businesses cannot pay for advertising – an important part of the media industry.
“Traffic is still increasing,” said David Chavern, president and CEO of News Media Alliance, a trade association representing newspapers in the US and Canada. “Online newspaper purchases are still the same.”
“The decline in advertising is still ongoing and it makes it difficult for us,” he added.
Jed Kolko, economic manager at job website Indeed.com, said that the list of new jobs in the field of communication and news has dropped by 35% in the 60 days from April 3 and earlier. same period last year.
Overall new jobs in all industries decreased by 24%. This shows that the pandemic has affected news media more than other businesses, Mr. Kolko added.
The New York Times assessed the impact of the pandemic on magazines and digital media companies through interviews with executives, newsroom staff and union leaders across the country. .
An estimated 28,000 employees of the newspaper and media companies have been laid off, fired or given a wage cut since the beginning of the pandemic.