Skip to comments.More J-School Grads Getting Shut Out of News Jobs that Still Pay Just $30,000 (Dinosaur Media)
Posted on 08/05/2010 12:32:26 PM PDT by GOPGuide
CHICAGO The median salary paid a new graduate of a journalism and mass communications remained at $30,000 for the fourth consecutive year, but those jobs are now scarcer than theyve been for j-school grads since 1987.
At daily newspapers, the median starting salary was $27,000, and at weeklies, new grads were paid a median salary of $25,000.
Thats according to the Annual Survey of Journalism & Mass Communication Graduates conducted since 1987 by Lee D.. Becker director of the University of Georgias James M. Cox Jr. Center for International Mass Communication Training and Research at the University of Georgia.
New grads starting in union jobs made more than their non-union counterparts but the gap has narrowed considerably. In 2008, for instance, union jobs started at a median of $34,400 while non-union jobs paid a median $30,000.
In 2009, non-union jobs were stuck at $30,000, but the union job pay declined to $30,700.
Only 46.2% of the bachelors degree recipients had a job on Oct. 31, 2009, which was more than 10 percentage points fewer than a year earlier, the survey found. About a quarter were working part-time, and another quarter were unemployed.
Racial and ethnic minority journalism graduates had a particularly difficult time finding a job, the survey found. Their full-time employment rate dropped 13.5 percentage points from the year-ago survey.
And the gap between the percentage of minority and non-minority graduates in terms of full-time employment was 15.3 points the widest-yawning gap since 1987.
There was some good news/bad news results in the salary survey. On the one hand, the median salary was unchanged, while the average starting salary offer to all college graduates declined 1.9% from the year before, the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) reported last September.
On the other hand, that average salary at $48,663 was far higher than for cub journalists. And the average graduate with a liberal arts bachelors degree also did better than j-school grads, with an offer of $36,624.
The graduate survey produced one bit of good news, according to Dr. Lee B. Becker, director of the survey. Graduates reporting on their job searches in the late spring of 2010 were much more likely to have found a full-time job than were graduates reporting at the end of 2009.
The full report, available here and written by Becker and fellow researchers Dr. Tudor Vlad, Paris Desnoes and Devora Olin, was released today at the annual conference of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication in Denver.
That’s for the few who actually found full time jobs.
Going to be tough to pay off their $15,000 school debt with salaries that low.
We know what they are...its just the price that is being haggled.
What’s the average tuition for Journalism schools? $5,000 a year?
From what I have heard, journalism majors on most college campuses have among the lowest aggregate GPA among all majors—only education majors have lower, I believe. So 30k might be a tad too high.
I’ve always been told that Journalism majors are former English majors who couldn’t cut it. It’s a gold-plated fact they know nothing of the hard sciences - math, physics, chemistry, etc.
I have a theory that ‘business reporters’ are picked from j-school prospects that raise their hands when asked if they can reconcile a checkbook.
Go out and destroy the career of a Republican. You will be showered with accolades and promotions.
The kids don’t realize with the Lefty agenda; this is all they will ever hope to earn.
Watch out for the student loan debt crisis bubble with all this unemployment. My neighbors have 2 kids maxed-out with student loans and no jobs. (BTW, communication majors :) )
what news jobs?
Well thank god we’re living in an economic boom so they can easily find good paying jobs in other fields. :)
30k is good pay to some of us.
Racial and ethnic minority journalism graduates had a particularly difficult time finding a job,
But since most are good liberals, they reject materialism and only want to push the liberal agenda. That is their reward, that they are helping push society towards the liberal view of any issue.
And the coming bailout... those who paygo are once again screwed by the socialist state...
$20,000 a semester for a Journalism major.
And those slackers are on a 5 year plan minimum.