Journalism is Dying . . . Except in School!

Two items of interest came my way yesterday via RSS.  First, in England, applications from students aspiring to obtain journalism degrees from the country’s universities are up 24 percent (?!?!) from last year.

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As the Press Gazette report notes, this astounding rise comes amid an industry tumble in which more than 1,000 j-jobs have been lost throughout the UK since last summer.  The piece is headlined simply: “Journalism degree applications up 24% despite job cuts.”  My suggestion for a sub-hed: “The definition of irony.”

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Second, earlier this week, the University of North Texas officially approved a reorganization of its journalism department into a full school.  Not sure if this means anything in respect to infrastructure, but it’s certainly a symbol of the university’s confidence in journalism’s future.

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These are separate events, but certainly both point to a similar professional-academic disconnect, something I’ve written about before.  What do you think?  Is it still practical to major in journalism?  Will it eventually become a more theoretical concentration, like philosophy?  What does it mean that more students than ever want to learn about a field in which less people than ever are making a living?

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3 Responses to “Journalism is Dying . . . Except in School!”
  1. Daniel says:

    I think it might be an anomaly. Have you done a comparison of application rates across the board?

  2. Dan Reimold says:

    Daniel- Good to hear from you. I definitely agree in respect to the crazy huge percentage of the increase. In general though, in the U.S. and abroad, j-school/dept. enrollment is holding steady or continuing to rise. Joe Grimm’s take: “Interest remains high, journalism school enrollment stays strong, students are interested and willing-there just aren’t as many jobs.” What do you think?

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