Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Georgia Study Shows Job Prospects Remain Bleak for 2003 Journalism Grads

Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Georgia Study Shows Job Prospects Remain Bleak for 2003 Journalism Grads

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ATHENS, GA.

In a year of grim employment news, the prospects for graduates of journalism and mass communications programs remained slightly worse than the national average, according to the 2003 Annual Survey of Journalism & Mass Communication Graduates, conducted at the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Georgia.

The survey of 2,680 male and female bachelor's degree recipients of 100 journalism and mass communications programs across the country indicated that only 56 percent of them held a full-time job by Oct. 31, 2003, representing a slight drop from the year before and the lowest rate since 1994.

Generally most of the survey figures indicated no change or a slight worsening in 2003 from 2002 but a substantial decline from the mid-1990s. The survey's findings included a worse-than-average 13 percent unemployment rate for journalism and mass communications graduates from June 2003 to May 2004, compared to the national average of 10 percent for workers ages 20 to 24 and 6 percent for the entire labor force.

Communication salaries for bachelor's degree recipients remained flat at an average $26,000 in 2003. …

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