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Study: More Than 25% Of Journalism Grads Wish They’d Chosen Another Career
CBS Local ^ | 08/17/2013

Posted on 08/19/2013 11:52:39 AM PDT by Responsibility2nd

WASHINGTON (CBSDC) – A new study has found 28 percent of journalism graduates wish they had chosen another field.

An annual survey of graduates by the University of Georgia’s Grady College said “it seems likely that some graduates would be unhappy with their career choice regardless of which one they had selected”.

One in 20 of the journalism and mass communication graduates indicated that he or she had selected the field without ever intending to go into it.

(Excerpt) Read more at washington.cbslocal.com ...


TOPICS: Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: journalism
I'm guessing many journalism majors missed class the day they covered the whole selling your soul to the Devil routine.
1 posted on 08/19/2013 11:52:39 AM PDT by Responsibility2nd
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To: Responsibility2nd
It would be interesting to see the number of grads of any profession, that were sorry for their chosen major.

I suspect 28% isn't all that out of the ordinary...


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2 posted on 08/19/2013 11:56:21 AM PDT by DoughtyOne (This post coming to you today, from behind the Camelskin Curtain. Not the Iron or Bamboo Curtain...)
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To: Responsibility2nd

World not changing fast enough for them??


3 posted on 08/19/2013 11:57:29 AM PDT by cotton1706
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To: Responsibility2nd

From what I’ve seen, I wish more than 75% had chosen another career.


4 posted on 08/19/2013 12:05:03 PM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: DoughtyOne
It would be interesting to see the number of grads of any profession, that were sorry for their chosen major.

That could depend on the major. I cannot imagine that there is much of a career in philosophy, but there is a lot of opportunity for a science major.

5 posted on 08/19/2013 12:08:04 PM PDT by exDemMom (Now that I've finally accepted that I'm living a bad hair life, I'm more at peace with the world.)
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To: Responsibility2nd

Print journalism paid more. The whole pay scale got beaten down on the shift to the internet. Now most newspapers are websites that also put out a print edition.

Maybe these kids think they will be TV “journalists”. Good luck that field is hyper competitive and you better have good looks


6 posted on 08/19/2013 12:11:44 PM PDT by dennisw (The first principle is to find out who you are then you can achieve anything -- Buddhist monk)
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To: Responsibility2nd

Print journalism paid more. The whole pay scale got beaten down on the shift to the internet. Now most newspapers are websites that also put out a print edition.

Maybe these kids think they will be TV “journalists”. Good luck that field is hyper competitive and you better have good looks


7 posted on 08/19/2013 12:11:49 PM PDT by dennisw (The first principle is to find out who you are then you can achieve anything -- Buddhist monk)
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To: Responsibility2nd

And 80% of the American people wish they had also.


8 posted on 08/19/2013 12:21:02 PM PDT by fedupjohn (America...Designed by Geniuses...Now inhabited by Idiots..Palin 2016...)
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To: Responsibility2nd

From what I’ve seen of recent journalism grads I don’t think any of them have the intellectual chops to do anything else. Where else are they going to go? There’s already a surfeit of sanctimonious, clueless busybodies out there. Oh, I guess they could all be ObamaCare ‘navigators’ or TSA agents.


9 posted on 08/19/2013 12:26:27 PM PDT by Paine in the Neck (Is John's moustache long enough YET?)
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To: Responsibility2nd

I’d published some very successful articles in the local paper. Because it had no conservative voice, I proposed an editorial page column. The editor was appalled. She told me that only “specially educated” people who were actual employees of the paper could be trusted to write on politics. She implied that only those people understood politics. Then, she showed me an entire wall of file boxes and told me that they’d advertised for a reporter and those were the resumes they’d received from journalism majors...hundreds...at least.

I realized that the nations colleges were turning out hundreds of times the journalists required by the declining dinosaur media. Most of those students will be paying down student loans for decades while working a menial day job. They all wanted to be Woodward and Bernstein, which, judging by the paper’s writing, is a gotcha-style of journalism that creates the impression of a Watergate scandal for every local event regardless of how mundane it is.


10 posted on 08/19/2013 12:31:29 PM PDT by Gen.Blather
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To: Paine in the Neck

Getting a degree in journalism is no different than a degree in communications or a degree in English. Problem is in either of the fields the student still cannot write a coherent sentence.

Just the way the college Marxists want it.


11 posted on 08/19/2013 12:32:06 PM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (The reason we own guns is to protect ourselves from those wanting to take our guns from us.)
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To: Responsibility2nd

If you aren’t gay and promiscuous, there is NO career path for you in National media now.

The best you can hope for if you don’t fit the political correctness profile is running a blog for free, while flipping burgers on the side.

Or, in the case of one former news director that I know, dealing blackjack on a riverboat, and not allowed to get over 29 hours a week due to Obamacare, all while STILL blaming Bush for his misery.


12 posted on 08/19/2013 12:34:35 PM PDT by tcrlaf (Well, it is what the Sheeple voted for....)
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To: dennisw

Local TV Journalism is about as low value as you can get. I often get a laugh from the TV news reports that are posted to the web; they are just so pathetic.


13 posted on 08/19/2013 12:45:17 PM PDT by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: exDemMom
Below are the top five most popular majors of college graduates(no order):

1. Journalism/Communication
2. Philosophy
3. Sociology/Social Work
4. Education
5. Art

The five least popular majors of college graduates.

1. Econ
2. Accounting
3. Finance
4. Math
5. Engineering

The most job opportunities are in the latter group of majors and the least amount of jobs is the former.

Coincidentally, the highest GPA's are found in the former group.

Colleges are using grade inflation to keep students, who would otherwise washout, in school. I suspect that many Journalism students are realizing they are a dime a dozen chasing very few jobs.

14 posted on 08/19/2013 12:45:33 PM PDT by 11th Commandment (http://www.thirty-thousand.org/)
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To: Gen.Blather

see my post #14... agrees with your point


15 posted on 08/19/2013 12:46:35 PM PDT by 11th Commandment (http://www.thirty-thousand.org/)
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To: exDemMom

All is not lost with a J school degree.
I can write damned good business letters...


16 posted on 08/19/2013 12:53:56 PM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks ("Say Not the Struggle Naught Availeth.")
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To: 11th Commandment

“I suspect that many Journalism students are realizing they are a dime a dozen chasing very few jobs. “

I don’t believe they realize there are no jobs until they get into (or attempt to get into) the real world. I know the local college, FSU, is misleading students that there is a bright, bright future for them if they just get this degree in (underwater basket weaving, juggling, gender studies, black studies, journalism, etc.)


17 posted on 08/19/2013 12:57:59 PM PDT by Gen.Blather
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To: Responsibility2nd
More Than 25% Of Journalism Grads Wish They’d Chosen Another Career

That's amazing! I find myself wishing that more than 25% of journalism grads had chosen another career!

What a coincidence!

18 posted on 08/19/2013 1:05:51 PM PDT by LucianOfSamasota (Tanstaafl - its not just for breakfast anymore...)
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To: Responsibility2nd

That 25% probably wished they had taken pole dancing.


19 posted on 08/19/2013 1:15:44 PM PDT by Mouton (The insurrection laws perpetuate what we have for a government now.)
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To: Responsibility2nd

Journalism is just a euphanism for studies in liberal propaganda dissemination. Looked at another way, journalism is the marketing of liberal ideology.


20 posted on 08/19/2013 1:24:12 PM PDT by Starboard
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To: Responsibility2nd

Journalism is just a euphanism for studies in liberal propaganda dissemination. Looked at another way, journalism is the marketing of liberal ideology.


21 posted on 08/19/2013 1:24:16 PM PDT by Starboard
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To: exDemMom
That could depend on the major. I cannot imagine that there is much of a career in philosophy, but there is a lot of opportunity for a science major.

The philosophy majors I have known had no difficulty getting good employment. Besides those who became teachers, library scientists and priests, several went on to become programmers, another went to get a Masters at U of Chicago and ran some great number on financial exchanges for a number of years, etc.

If you choose a good college, good courses with good teachers, and work diligently, it can be more than just a vocational school. It can give you additional tools that can help in every aspect of life, not just career.
22 posted on 08/19/2013 1:27:25 PM PDT by Dr. Sivana (There's no salvation in politics.)
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To: 11th Commandment

The former group does little if anything to make the US more competitive in this world or improve our GDP. Just sayin...


23 posted on 08/19/2013 1:31:55 PM PDT by Starboard
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To: thackney

Took the words right off my keyboard.


24 posted on 08/19/2013 1:47:50 PM PDT by NVDave
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To: Responsibility2nd

Fortunately, I got only an AA in journalism, which led to 30 years of accounting in show-biz.

But the greatest experience of my working life - done for next to nothing - has been coaching high school baseball!


25 posted on 08/19/2013 2:53:19 PM PDT by onedoug
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To: Dr. Sivana
If you choose a good college, good courses with good teachers, and work diligently, it can be more than just a vocational school. It can give you additional tools that can help in every aspect of life, not just career.

Of course, you realize that to most Freepers college is just a high-level job-training school. They never seem to see it as anything but that. What a shame.

26 posted on 08/19/2013 3:21:42 PM PDT by OldPossum
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To: exDemMom

I would agree with that.


27 posted on 08/19/2013 3:40:54 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (This post coming to you today, from behind the Camelskin Curtain. Not the Iron or Bamboo Curtain...)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks; 11th Commandment
Eric: All is not lost with a J school degree. I can write damned good business letters..."

11th: Below are the top five most popular majors of college graduates(no order):

1. Journalism/Communication

2. Philosophy

3. Sociology/Social Work

4. Education

5. Art

The five least popular majors of college graduates.

1. Econ

2. Accounting

3. Finance

4. Math

5. Engineering

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The 1st group can write technical papers for the second group....

28 posted on 08/19/2013 4:39:34 PM PDT by hummingbird (THE LIBERTY AMENDMENTS by Mark Levin. He's got a great plan!)
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To: Responsibility2nd

I was a journalism grad and I realized in the last year of my college career that I didn’t want to be discriminated for my politics in the work place and wanted to make some better coin. I went into marketing and never looked back.


29 posted on 08/19/2013 6:16:58 PM PDT by erod (I'm a Chicagoan till Chicago ends...)
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To: hummingbird
I left the scribbling profession in 1980 and went into coal sales. Our company was bought out by a mid sized independent oil company and I learned selling petroleum products.

Some transition, eh ?

30 posted on 08/19/2013 7:03:07 PM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks ("Say Not the Struggle Naught Availeth.")
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