The continuing decline in newspaper circulation over the past decade is reflected by the number of full time journalists at daily newspapers throughout the United States, which, in 2015, stood at 32,900 journalists, a loss of almost 10,000 journalists from 2010. Yet the numbers need not be all negative as alternative avenues have arisen. Alongside their readers, journalists are also abandoning their broadsheets in favor of mobile phones and tablets. The Huffington Post, for example, is beginning to compete with traditional newspapers and, in 2017, around 47 percent of respondents in survey found the source to be very or somewhat credible. This is nevertheless still a lower rating than some of the newspaper giants such as the Washington Post and the New York Times, and established news networks such as Fox News and CNN.
As a result, social media is playing an increasingly significant role in the daily work of journalists. In 2016, over 80 percent of journalists used social networking sites such as Facebook to help with publishing and promoting, and a further 53 percent used microblogs such as Twitter to source their information. This has led many journalists to the conclusion that social media has fundamentally changed the way they work as a journalist and almost half of those in the profession believe that they would not be able to even carry out their work without social media.
However, being a journalist does not come without its risks. As of 2016, almost 260 journalists were imprisoned worldwide, and 57 were killed in that year. Some of the most deadly places for this profession included war-torn countries such as Syria and Afghanistan.