Saturday, February 28, 2009

Applications to CU's journalism school up, despite shaky industry

This week's closure of the Rocky Mountain News, Colorado's oldest news source, is daunting for aspiring journalists. Newspapers across the country are going bankrupt, and there are hiring freezes or layoffs at many of the publications still afloat. The already-slim job pickings could be even more competitive with veteran reporters refreshing their resumes.

But while the news industry's woes are making headlines, CU's School of Journalism and Mass Communication is seeing an odd enrollment trend: The number of students applying for the school is climbing. Even more mystifying is the solid increase in the number of applicants who want to be "news-editorial" majors, a degree track that has traditionally groomed graduates for newspaper jobs.

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