Saturday, April 4, 2009

Journalism students face uncertain future

“How many of you planned to go into journalism?” University of Iowa associate professor Don McLeese asked his arts reporting and writing class last week.

About half the students raised a hand.

“How many of you have found jobs?” McLeese followed up.

Students glanced around the room, noticing all hands remained down.

Passion for journalism seems to be as high as ever — enrollment hasn’t dropped at the UI School of Journalism and Mass Communication and applications to the school newspaper, The Daily Iowan, remain steady. And demand for news content is greater than ever, albeit online, McLeese said.

But journalism students like the ones in McLeese’s class are in a frustrating spot facing an uncertain future. The job market for journalists, like many other industries, is tough right now and many students are looking for alternatives either in the short-term or long-term.

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