Newspapers Face Major Job Cuts; Photographers Hit Hardest (CHART)

VENICE BEACH, CA - APRIL 16:  Paparazzis stalk Lindsay Lohan during a visit with her lawyers on April 16, 2010 in Venice Beac
VENICE BEACH, CA - APRIL 16: Paparazzis stalk Lindsay Lohan during a visit with her lawyers on April 16, 2010 in Venice Beach, California. Several of them work for Francois Regis Navarre, who has revolutionized the way paparazzis track celebrities, and who is the owner of X17, one of the world's most successful paparazzi photo agency. Navarre came to the U.S from France in the 90's to be a mainstream newspaper correspondent. He free-lanced for prestigious Le Monde, but became fascinated by Hollywood and decided to become a paparazzi. After several huge scoops, including the first pictures of Michael Jackson's children, he founded X17, today one of the world's largest paparazzi photo agency. With his American wife Brandy, Navarre employs between 60 and 100 photographers and various tipsters (valet car employees, restaurant workers, limo drivers, and even street bums). Today, X17 generates 12 millions dollars a year. Navarre is credited with changing the ways paparazzi stalk their prey: he used video before it became trendy, assigned full time crews to specific neighborhoods or celebrities (15 people full time on Britney Spear, for example), and revolutionized how paparazzis work: 'I asked my paparazzis not to hide anymore, but instead to wait on the sidewalk with wide-angle and a flash', giving birth to the clusters of paparazzis following celebrities in the open. Navarre does not hide either: he lives in a luxury house in Pacific Palissades, an exclusive Los Angeles neighborhood prized by the very Hollywood stars he stalks. (Photo Gilles Mingason/Getty Images)

Newspapers are facing increased pressure to cut down on staff to minimize costs, and a new report by Pew Research Center shows exactly who is being hit the hardest.

Photographers, artists and videographers have experienced a 43 percent decrease in jobs since 2000, dropping from 6,171 to only 3,493 jobs in 2012 — the largest difference faced by newspaper staffers, according to the American Society of Newspaper Editors (ASNE). Reporters and writers were next in line, with jobs dropping by 32 percent. Copy editors, layout editors and online producers lost 27% of all jobs.

The ASNE also reported there was a total loss of 2,600 full-time journalists in 2012, dropping from 40,600 to 38,000 daily newspaper journalists.

Check out the chart below for the full break-down:

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The job decreases come as a result of budget cuts in the wake of a digital shift towards social media and mobile platforms as a new means of journalism. And there is no sign of this letting up. In May, the Chicago Sun-Times cut its photography department completely, eliminating 28 positions. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution recently announced an initiative to turn many of their photographers into "multimedia visual journalists" in the midst of planned layoffs.

But it isn't just photographers either. Just recently, the Tribune Co. reported cutting 360 positions in the beginning nine months of 2013, 240 of those occurred in just the third quarter alone.



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