DEFINITION OF JOURNALIST IS CHANGING

So, recode.com reports last month alone, 2,000 people working at media publications lost their jobs. 

Such layoffs were only the most recent in what has been a years-long trend of media job insecurity.

But new data from LinkedIn shows that the plight of journalists may not be that bad — if you’re willing to consider a broader definition of what constitutes “journalism” and its para-industries.

Since 2004 — the year Facebook launched and began eating heavily into the advertising revenues of news publications — the share of journalism hires out of all hires has declined 14 percent, according to new annual data from LinkedIn.

In the meantime, the number of new hires in “content” and “social media” increased at a faster clip than the declines in journalism and PR hiring.

Combined, all four of the job categories LinkedIn looked at — journalism, PR, content, and social — made up a larger share of total hires in 2018 than they did back when Facebook was called theFacebook.com.

This data suggests that many journalism and PR jobs didn’t go away so much as change their names.

People who once worked in journalism or PR have commonly transitioned into job titles like “content writer” and “social media manager,” according to LinkedIn senior data scientist Alan Fritzler.

Recode.net makes a good argument as to what’s happening, you can check out the full article here.

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