NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. — New Brunswick’s northern and southern regions are among the most competitive newsrooms in the country, and its newsroom leaders say their efforts are paying off.
The regional newsrooms, like those in many other areas of the country and across the country with high populations of news consumers, are struggling with a shortage of staff, said Jeff Smith, vice president of the New Brunswick Association of Newspapers and News Publishers.
“If you look at our business in general, we are struggling.
I think there’s a very high turnover rate,” Smith said.
New Brunswick’s media office has a staff of about 500 and is about half full, according to Smith.
But when newsrooms are asked about staff reductions, most say they have not heard about it.
Smith said New Brunswick has more than 500 reporters and 60 regional news agencies covering almost 400 communities.
He said New Brunswickers are frustrated and frustrated.
“It’s been a long time coming.
We have had some very tough times.
I’m sure we will be back,” he said.
New Brunswick has about 9,500 residents, about one-third of the population, according the Census Bureau.
That’s the fourth-highest concentration of New Brunsches in the United States, behind New York City, Los Angeles and Chicago.
The state has more people living here than the next five states combined, according a recent report by the Pew Charitable Trusts.
There are now about 15 New Brunshicks newsrooms and 25 regional news offices across the state.
Some of the region’s most successful newsrooms include the Fredericton Courier, the Frederic Bastiaans-owned Frederictons Daily News, the Fort McMurray-based Global News Network, the Vancouver Courier and the New York Times New York bureau.
The Frederictonian-owned Times of Trenton and the Vancouver Province’s Frederictan Times of New Brunswick both have regional news departments.
The Times of Canada has a national news division and a local news division.
But even with those newsrooms under heavy scrutiny, Smith said his group is keeping a positive outlook on the state of the industry.
New Brunshick has seen a big change in its media business since the state’s economic downturn hit in the early 2000s, Smith noted.
“We are now looking at our national newspaper business as a whole and a lot of the things that were there are now things that we are going to need to do to compete with the print media in New Brunswick,” Smith added.
While the newsrooms that have survived the downturn are struggling, Smith has been able to keep the New Brunswick region in the national spotlight.
It’s a positive, but it’s not enough for the state to be recognized as a major news center,” he added.
Smith said he believes New Brunswick is going to be able to compete in national news in the years to come.
The region’s News and Information Department is staffed by a mix of people who specialize in news production, a digital media coordinator, a senior news editor and a deputy news editor.