TV journalists wanted, more jobs this year

Hiring has been steady in TV newsrooms and will continue through 2011.

That’s according to the latest survey from RTDNA/Hofstra University.

Total local television news employment is now 26,522. That’s an increase of 2.9 percent in the last year.

Other highlights from the survey:

  • 34% of TV newsrooms plan to hire more staff this year as opposed to 3.5% that plan to decrease staff.
  • 57.4% of TV stations say they are seeing a profit; the last time the percentage was that high was 2006.

When it comes to radio, there was less change reported — either positive or negative.

The typical (median) radio news operation had a full time news staff of one, the same as it’s been since I started doing these surveys 17 years ago.  Radio news remains highly centralized, with the typical news director overseeing the news on three stations.
For more on what’s happening when it comes to broadcast news hiring, check out these previous posts on how multimedia skills are making a difference, how to avoid demo reel disasters and advice from a local TV news director.