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Grim Job Picture for New J-School Grads

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Grim Job Picture for New J-School Grads

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Class of 2008 journalism school students graduated into the worst job market for new journalists in nearly a quarter-century -- and those who managed to find a job usually had few benefits to go with a stagnant salary, according to a survey released Wednesday.

Lee B. Becker, a professor at the University of Georgia's Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communications, has been conducting the job and salary survey of new j-school grads since 1986. This latest study, released at the first day of the annual convention of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, is the grimmest yet. The study was co-authored by Tudor Vlad, associate director of the James M. Cox Jr. Center for International Mass Communication Training and Research.

"Only six in 10 of the graduates had full-time employment six to eight months after graduation," Becker and Vlad report. That's the lowest level of full-time employment ever reported in the 23 years of the survey.

Public relations graduates had the best chance of finding employment, with nearly 71% employed. By contrast 59% of print journalism graduates had found work by the time they returned the survey. …

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