What the Media Won’t Tell You About The Media’s Media Job Outlook
As the media sector continues to grapple with an onslaught of digital media, a key question for journalists is whether the media’s job prospects are improving.
According to a recent survey by the Media Research Center, a media analysis firm, the media industry has the worst job outlook of any industry in the United States.
According the survey, the average weekly earnings of a full-time journalist was $12,813 in 2015, down $1,400 from $16,838 in 2014.
But the industry is also grappling with a growing number of digital newsrooms that are struggling to keep pace with an expanding digital world.
Media workers are not alone in feeling their work is falling short.
According for the 2016 survey, just 7% of full-timers in the media were earning more than $100,000 annually.
Media professionals are facing a daunting number of new technologies, and that could mean a loss of control.
“Digital newsrooms are changing how people engage with news,” said Paul Boudreaux, executive director of Media Matters, an organization dedicated to holding companies accountable for their coverage of social and economic issues.
“That means they are moving toward an ever-growing number of online and mobile platforms.
They are moving into social media.
And that has changed how they are communicating with people and what they are talking about,” he said.
While many workers have the option of keeping their jobs by staying at home, others have been forced to leave their jobs because of the pressures of the digital media industry.
One recent example: a recent story on The Huffington Post, which said a former employee had been fired for writing negative stories about a former employer.
In fact, the former employee was fired for sharing stories on Facebook that he found unflattering.
And in June, a report from the Pew Research Center found that just 19% of the media workers surveyed believed the news media has a “balanced and objective” approach to reporting the news.
But Bouden said the media should also be wary of relying on digital platforms to do its job.
“The question we have to ask ourselves is: Do we want to keep our jobs?” he said, referring to the job prospects of journalists.
“There’s so much pressure that comes from having a digital platform, from being in a digital space, from having so many platforms, from everything that is on the Internet that is a constant stream of information, that it is hard to be a fully professional journalist.”