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Monday, August 07, 2006

Journalism Graduates Get Good News on Jobs Beat

From the LA Times:

Journalism Graduates Get Good News on Jobs Beat
By James Rainey,
Times Staff Writer
August 5, 2006

Newsrooms across the country may echo with gloom and doom, but journalism school graduates report better job prospects and a more positive outlook than at any time since the 2000 peak of the dot-com boom, according to a study released Friday.

More than 62% of those receiving bachelor's degrees in journalism in 2005 said they had found a job by late last year, up from 56% in 2003, according to the survey by the James M. Cox Jr. Center for International Mass Communication Training and Research. The center is based at the University of Georgia's Grady College.

"These students see web development, they see podcasting, they see all these technological developments as the way to the future," said Lee Becker, a journalism professor who oversees the survey. "They are not obsessed with worrying about the fate of one segment of the media."In fact, just less than 56% of the 2,754 graduates who responded to the Cox Center survey said they had read a newspaper "yesterday," compared with 82% in 1994.

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