Journalism Students Ditch Print

Journalism Students Ditch Print

A new study of journalism school graduates finds that 27 percent of those surveyed regretted choosing journalism and wish they’d chosen another field.

The Annual Survey of Journalism & Mass Communication Graduates put out by the University of Georgia, asked students that graduated in 2012 if they regretted their career choice. 27.7 percent said they did regret it while 67.8 percent said they were happy with their choice. A further 4.5 percent said they never planned on going into a media career in the first place.

The study also revealed that J-school students just don’t read print media anymore. The study found that only one third of the students had read a newspaper the day before taking the survey. That is a shocking drop of 81 percent since 1994.

Entry into the workforce was also tracked by the survey. It found that the number of graduates who landed a full-time job in the first six months after graduation stood at 66 percent. This is up from 62 percent in 2011.

Median starting pay ranged between $30,000 annually to $35,000 with the Midwest on the lowest end of the scale.