There's been a run of bad news for journalists the past few months, but here is something that is surprisingly good news, at least for those who still have jobs: The Inland Press Association reported today that newspaper wages increased an average 2.1 percent from 2008 to 2009.
The Newspaper Compensation Study, which data from more than 400 newspapers throughout the United States and Canada, reported that journalists in online positions and in graphics were the beneficiaries of the largest salary gains. Interactive producers saw 13 percent increase. New and alternative business development salaries increased by about 5 percent.
The study discovered that beginning reporters and editorial page editors saw no salary increase.
The association's executive director, Ray Carlsen, said in a statement that, "The study is the industry standard for planning and explaining compensation decisions. It's especially valuable for newspapers dealing with work force transitions and changing government politics."