Have people lost their minds?

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Badger Herald:

“According to statistics released last month by Georgia University’s [sic] Grady College, overall undergraduate enrollment in journalism programs across the nation have been on the rise since 1993 when 128,367 students enrolled in journalism programs nationally. Enrollment reach-ed a high of 201,477 students last year — an increase of 57 percent from 1993.”

Isn’t it ironic that nobody majored in journalism back when journalism actually existed?

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2 Responses to “Have people lost their minds?”

  1. Erik Paulson Says:

    I wish newspapers would link to primary sources, so we can see the numbers they’re looking at:
    http://www.grady.uga.edu/annualsurveys/Enrollment_Survey/Enrollment_2008/Enroll2008_color_charts_text.pdf

    First, if they had gone from the earliest high point in 1989 instead of 1993’s numbers, the growth has only been 38%.

    Second, enrollment at colleges, across all fields, is up significantly. The first US Dept of Ed figures I found look like 28% over the past 14 years. There is also a 12% growth in journalism programs over that time period, which certainly makes nationwide enrollment numbers go up.

    Third, look at the enrollment by class – the number of Freshman entering journalism programs has been declining the past three years. It’s a very small trend, but it’s bucking the overall enrollment trend. I *think* this years entering class of college freshman/last years high school senior was the end of a population boom, and class sizes are going to start declining for a few years.

    Finally, colleges are not meant to be vocational schools, but I’d think a J-school degree looks better than many other majors on a resume, if you’re going to just go out and get a job doing anything.

  2. Steve Horn Says:

    J-School degrees do open up many career opportunites that just a plain political science major, for example may not have. There will always be PR jobs, that’s for sure. Plus, J-School teaches students today how to be competent in not only communicating with others, but also trains students in technology, again opening doors. Our J-School, for example, forces all students to learn website design, video-making, how to make audio shows, etc., etc.

    On the other end of the stick, if you’re going for a pure career in journalism, a J-School degree is highly unnecessary, and writing experience, knowledge, and knowing a lot about some specific topical area in general will be what gets you a job. Wring skills can’t be taught; they are practiced, and re-practiced. The problem with most morons in J-Schools is that they don’t read newspapers and news and they don’t practice writing, and then somehow, they expect a job just from having some stupid undergraduate degree. It’s all about competency now-a-days, not having a diploma that says School of Journalism on it.

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