Friday, June 12, 2009

Despite Industry Decline, Some Newspaper Salaries Up

E & P:

In its annual salary survey, the Inland Press Association reported that newspaper wages increased an average 2.1% from 2008 to 2009.

The Newspaper Compensation Study (NICS) takes into account information from more than 400 newspapers throughout the United States and Canada.

According to NICS, people working in online positions and in graphics experienced the largest salary gains. Interactive producers realized a rise in salary by roughly 13%, Inland reported. Salaries jumped 5% for positions focused on new and alternative business development.

Beginning reporters and editorial page editors were the newsroom jobs singled out with no salary increase, according to NICS.
Additional good news comes in an isolated but significant report that journalism graduates are still finding jobs in journalism fields.

The future of printed papers is still very uncertain, but these are some early signs that online news outlets and trained journalists may share a common future.

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