Canadian Publishing Industry News
4 March 2021,     NEW YORK
U.S. newsroom cuts exceed 30,000 over past year
Last spring the U.S-based Tow Center for Digital Journalism started tracking newsroom cuts as a result of the pandemic in the U.S. One year later, it has released its key findings. As you might expect, it’s not happy reading.



• Newspapers have taken the brunt of the impact, with a 42% loss of advertising revenue in the second quarter of 2020, for example. Layoffs, mergers, furloughs pay cuts, print reductions, budget cuts, and closures all took their toll

• A good estimate of media layoffs puts the number at 37,000 media workers who were laid off, were furloughed or lost pay

• More than 160 outlets made changes — read cuts — to print issues

• More than 60 news outlets shuttered their operations


The Tow Center for Digital Journalism was established in 2010 and operates within Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. It serves as a research and development center for the profession as a whole.

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