For the second year in a row, the employment situation for recent journalism and mass communication graduates has improved, according to a new survey from the University of Georgia. But placed in the context of a "terrible" job market in recent years, the report says the latest job numbers represent only a "modest...recovery."
Among those earning a bachelor degree in journalism and mass communication in 2011, 62.2% reported finding full-time employment within six to eight months after graduation, an increase from 58.2% one year earlier and from 55.5% in 2009. As recently as 2007, the employment rate for new graduates was 70.2%.
The survey of 2,195 bachelor and master degree recipients in journalism and mass communication was conducted by the James M. Cox Jr. Center for International Mass Communication Training and Research at the University of Georgia. And according to Cox Center director Lee Becker, the survey results track with broader national economic trends.
Read the full report, Employment Rate Ticks Up Among Journalism Student Graduates, on the Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism website.