NEW YORK (AP) – American daily newspapers cut 5,900 newsroom jobs in 2008, according to a survey from the American Society of News Editors.

The group says this was the steepest cut since the survey began in 1978. This year’s tally counted 46,700 newsroom jobs, down from a 1990 peak of 56,900. Newspapers have been shedding jobs to deal with steep declines in advertising that have been made worse by the recession.

The survey also found that the percentage of minorities in U.S. newsrooms held steady at roughly 13 percent.

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