The number of working journalists across Australia increased markedly between 2007 and 2013, despite major redundancy rounds at both News Corp and Fairfax and a steep decline in the level of advertising going to legacy media players, a new study published in a peer-reviewed journal this month suggests.

Dr John Cokley, an adjunct associate professor at Griffith University, used a journalism directory to map out the employment of journalists across the Australian media in 2007. A repeat of the study using the same directory in 2013 found a 46% increase in the total editorial staff across the Australian media.