Data Show Worldwide Decrease in Professional Journalists, Shift Towards Independent Authors
The world of journalism has never been as dynamic as it is today. Thanks to the digital media revolution and the emergence of self-publishing platforms it has become easier than ever for individuals to create and distribute editorial content of all forms. To fully understand the transformation which the world of journalism is undergoing, Onclusive analyzed 2.1 billion pieces of editorial content between Q1 2018 and Q1 2019. The numbers tell a story of an author ecosystem which is fragmenting across publication tiers, editorial topics, and content formats.
- In Q1 2019, 15% of authors contributed to Tier 1 publications, down from 26% in Q1 2018.
- Conversely, in Q1 2019, 41% of authors contributed to Tier 3 publications, up from 25% in Q1 2018.
The 2019 Global Journalism Report also reveals the top publishers by volume of contributing authors, the top editorial topics, how journalist “influence” is distributed, and how journalist “sentiment” is distributed. Included in the report is the “Top 100 Author Platforms List” and “Top 50 Editorial Topics List.”