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Journalism: A dying industry


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A look at how the journalism industry is thought to be "dying", what the enrollment rates of journalism majors look like within universities, and what students at the University of Denver think about the journalism turmoils.

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Journalism: A dying industry

  1. 1. Due to the recent decline of traditional media, critics and journalism professionals have described the journalism industry as “dying”.
  2. 2. The Pew Research Center notes that in 2015, weekday circulation of newspapers fell 7 percent, while Sunday circulation alone fell 4 percent.
  3. 3. The impact of declined readership was prevalent when newsroom employment decreased by 10 percent in 2015.
  4. 4. The turmoil of print media became a reality when the Rocky Mountain Newspaper printed its final edition in 2009.
  5. 5. The rise of online media has allowed consumers to be one click away from accessing any and all information with the touch of a finger, discouraging those from getting their news for a price.
  6. 6. Pew Research notes that nearly 4 in 10 U.S. adults (38 percent) get news from digital sources, including news websites or apps (28 percent) and social networking sites (18 percent).
  7. 7. A shattered paper stand symbolizes a shattering paper industry
  8. 8. Justin Cygan, a DU journalism student, is optimistic. “I still think you could still have a good career as a journalist, and I could have a good career.”
  9. 9. Enrollments in journalism schools nationwide fell two years in a row – 2011 and 2012 – for the first time in two decades, per American Journalism Review.
  10. 10. More than 300 students study journalism at the University of Denver. Among such students, 96 percent have a full-time job or enroll in graduate school within one year of graduation.
  11. 11. Researchers at the University of Georgia noted that journalism education is falling behind other fields within universities, where overall enrollment trends are up.
  12. 12. A study at Indiana University showed a 20 percent decline in undergraduate journalism enrollment from 2008 to 2012.
  13. 13. Master’s and undergraduate enrollments among 485 U.S. journalism and mass communication programs declined by 2.9 percent in 2012, per American Journalism Review.
  14. 14. According to the American Journalism Review, 80 percent of university administrators had made changes in their curricula since the previous year— such as adding multimedia and social media courses, merging various curricula and creating public relations specializations
  15. 15. Journalism education has changed from instruction for a career in a single occupation — journalism — to the preparation for careers in a variety of communication occupations, per American Journalism Review.
  16. 16. “I think newspapers will eventually die, but I wouldn’t be worried as a journalist,” says Nicole Vanderburg, a student at DU. “There are other ways to write, like blogs and online newspapers.”
  17. 17. “Journalism isn’t dying,” says Cygan. “It’s changing.”