As U.S. newspapers continue to struggle with circulation declines and plummeting advertising sales
, newspaper publishers continue to cut jobs in newsrooms across the nation. In 2012 alone, 2,600 jobs fell victim to the ongoing crisis. Since 2000, the number of full-time editorial jobs declined by 33 percent.
For newspapers, the deep cuts could set off a vicious cycle as the ongoing reduction of writing staff could diminish the papers' capacity to cover local news and ultimately destroy one of the key advantages over online news.