Journalists’ ‘lost decade’ of gains

The latest from Ebyline’s Susan Johnston and Peter Beller:

It turns out that reporters’ salaries actually grew faster than the overall U.S. workforce right up until the financial crisis, when they plunged — it’s the journalistic equivalent of Wall Street investors’ “lost decade” of gains.

Journalists made almost exactly what the typical American made in 1999, according to Johnston and Beller, then climbed to 4% more than the average salary by 2007. “By last year reporters were making 8%, or almost $3,000, less than the typical American, not chump change.”

* Journalism’s lost decade (
* Earlier: Ebyline report on how journalists are faring in this economy (