Local TV news staffing rises despite burnout challenges


The latest RTDNA/Newhouse School at Syracuse University Survey shows the total (full time) local TV news employment up 1% from a year ago to 27,880. Following last year’s 5.1% increase, this is particularly impressive considering the total number of local TV newsrooms decreased by 14 compared to a year ago. So the average and typical TV newsroom is noticeably bigger. The total number working in local TV news is 120 shy of the all-time record of 28,000 set in 2021.

It’s also impressive because it was not a good year for journalists. In 2023, it was estimated by employment firm Challenger, Gray, and Christmas that print, broadcast and digital journalism experienced a decline of 3,087 jobs. But those losses appear to have largely bypassed local TV news.

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