09/27/2006 - It’s not hard to find signs of gloom and doom for the newspaper industry. Circulation is falling at many dailies – in some cases in double digits. Staffs and budgets are being cut. And now, just months after investors forced the dissolution of the giant Knight-Ridder chain, the Tribune company is considering selling properties in the face of a revolt from key shareholders of its own.
All of which means it’s not a great time to be looking for work with a newly minted undergraduate degree in print journalism, right? Well, no actually. In fact, 2005 was the best year since 1999 for print grads to find a job in their field, according to a new study, the 2005 Annual Survey of Journalism and Mass Communication Graduates from the University of Georgia.
In all, 73% of 2005 print J-school graduates had found full-time employment in the journalism industry by last October, according to the survey of about 2,400 grads. That number was up from 68.8% in 2004 and 63.5% in 2003. And other than a two-year aberration in the late 90s, it is the highest number in the past 10 years.
The numbers have also improved noticeably for those with undergraduate degrees in broadcast journalism. Roughly 65% of 2005 broadcast grads had full-time broadcast jobs by October 2005, up from 57% two years before.
Read Extra! Extra! Journalism School Grads Finding Jobs! on the Project for Excellence in Journalism Web site.