Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Students flock to journalism school despite tanking news industry

When Abby Sears was accepted into the journalism school at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, she had hopes of one day working for a public relations firm.

Then she did some work at the Daily Cardinal news desk, and "fell in love with writing and reporting."

A Madison native, Sears covered last year's downtown homicide of UW student Brittany Zimmermann. Her reporting led to several appearances on Greta Van Susteren's "On the Record" and a summer internship at Fox News in New York. And she is committed to the craft.

"I definitely think journalists are an incredibly important profession," she said. "It's our job to seek the truth and it's our job to report the truth. There are so many people pushing so many different agendas, and journalists are the people who are supposed to sift through all of that and get down to the meat and potatoes of it, and give that back to the people. I see it as my duty to figure out what's going on out there and make people aware of that -- and do it in an engaging and informative way."

Despite her passion and impressive resume, however, Sears likely will graduate next month without a job. And she won't be the only one.

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