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Most Journalism Grads Don’t Read Papers, Books

From the Washington Examiner:

Study: Journalism grads don’t read newspapers, mags, books

By PAUL BEDARD | AUGUST 14, 2013

This could be the final blow to paper and ink news: Reporters graduating out of journalism school and headed to work at newspapers and magazines don’t read print media, with over seven of 10 choosing digital news and social media websites instead, the highest number ever, according to an authoritative new study.

They have no curiosity.

The University of Georgia’s "Annual Survey of Journalism & Mass Communication Graduates," which surveys J-School grads, their habits, salaries and the jobs they take, found that just one-third had read a newspaper the day before taking the survey. That’s a stunning drop from the 81 percent in 1994.

And in a clear sign of the times, three-quarters read news off the internet and many watched TV. And virtually all went on a social media website the day before taking the survey, which is a guide to how new journalists consume news.

And, as Allah knows, social media is a reliable source for news.

The report begs the question: If today’s journalists don’t read print, why should those they are writing for read magazines and newspapers?

Because they don’t know any better?

The survey, first reported on by Digitaljournalists.org, also found that while the industry has ended years of cost cutting and firings, entry-level pay for new journalists is below the average pay of graduates in other fields. Those with a bachelor’s degree, for example, can expect to earn about $32,000 a year, more than $10,000 less than the average in other fields.

Which may explain this statistic in the 75-page survey: Nearly 28 percent regretted their decision to go into journalism.

Most of these kids don’t go into journalism for the money. They want to ‘help the cause.’

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Thursday, August 15th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

2 Responses to “Most Journalism Grads Don’t Read Papers, Books”

  1. The willingly ignorant blind leading the incurious blind.

    “I see”, said the blind man to the deaf dog in the dark.

    • Liberals Demise

      Why read the news when its easier to make it up or twist it.
      Just sit at home in moms and dad basement in a robe behind a ‘puter.




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