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A life in newspapers


An anti-drug agent hikes up a steep hillside during a poppy-eradication mission in Mexico.

Today in Intro to Mass Communication we are going to talk about newspapers, which turns out to be one of the least favorite topics among students I’ve surveyed.

We’ll also look at America’s greatest newspaper rivalry: William Randolph Hearst vs. Joseph Pulitzer.

I grew up around newspapers and, yes, I even had a paper route. I delivered the Cedar Falls Record in Iowa.

Later I worked as a newspaper reporter and editor for 24 years and so, unlike my students, I am an unabashed supporter of newspapers. Continue reading


Entry-level newspaper jobs are expected to grow slightly by 2016, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. But thousands of jobs have been lost in newspapers since 2007.
Below are the estimated number of layoffs and buyouts in newspapers:

  • 2007 – 2,293
  • 2008 – 15,993
  • 2009 – 14,825
  • 2010 – 2,920
  • 2011 – 4,190
  • 2012 – 1,850 (through August)

Total – 42,071
Source: Paper Cuts
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