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Struggling U.S. Journalists May Find Haven As Ex-Pats in India

August 08, 2008 02:34 PM
by Rachel Balik
While U.S. newspapers struggle frantically to keep afloat, media in India is growing and thriving, and reporters are going where there’s work.

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The American Journalism Review predicts that “we may begin seeing, pretty soon, big American cities with no daily newspaper.” While journalists once paid their dues living in remote places in the United States, the current trend is to head to India, where journalism jobs are far more abundant, Salon reports. For many young reporters, the appeal of travel is motivation, as well as economic woes at home. One recent Columbia Journalism School graduate with a reporting internship in India told Salon, “I decided to go to India because the promised experience just seems tremendous. Readership is skyrocketing, as are profits.”

Newspapers in the United States, meanwhile, are downsizing considerably; 6,000 newspaper jobs have recently been cut. Bernard Lunzer, President of the Newspaper Guild, said in a Democracy Now Roundtable that “the profitability is still probably fairly healthy in some cases. But you have to remember, newspapers were used to getting 20, even 30, percent profit margins during the heyday, and they were addicted to those profit margins.”

As a result, some papers are making cuts of startling proportions. The Los Angeles times recently canceled its Sunday Book Review section in what one laid-off editor called a “philistine blunder that ...will further wound the long-term fiscal health of the newspaper.”

Other newspapers are sacrificing on staff for investigative journalism, claiming they cannot put up the necessary capital to pay reporters for these in-depth projects.

Headline Link: ‘Journalist seeking paycheck? Try India’

Background Link: Newspapers Unable to Fund Investigative Journalism

Related Topics: The Effects of the downsizing newspapers


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