2009 Annual Survey of Journalism and Mass Communication Graduates

By

Lee B. Becker, Tudor Vlad, Paris Desnoes, Devora Olin


Abstract

All indicators of the health of the market in 2009 and early 2010 showed declines from a year earlier, which already had produced record low levels of employment.

Salaries remained unchanged for the fourth consecutive year, meaning that graduates actually were receiving less money because of the effects of inflation.

Benefit packages also continued to get skimpier.

These are the key findings from the Annual Survey of Journalism & Mass Communication Graduates, conducted each year in the James M. Cox Jr. Center for International Mass Communication Training and Research at the University of Georgia.

The Cox Center is the international outreach unit of the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication.

Comments from the graduates to the 2009 Annual Survey of Journalism & Mass Communication Graduates reflected a real sense of frustration and desperation.

One student said that nothing he had done at the university prepared him "to deal with this horrible economy." His advice to 2010 students not yet graduated was direct: "Stay in school forever. It all goes down hill from here."

The graduate survey produced one bit of good news, according to Dr. Lee B. Becker, director of the survey. Graduates reporting on their job searches in the late spring of 2010 were much more likely to have found a full-time job than were graduates reporting at the end of 2009.

The full report, written by Becker and fellow researchers Dr. Tudor Vlad, Paris Desnoes and Devora Olin, was released Aug 4 at the annual conference of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication in Denver.

The copyrighted text of the 2009 Graduate Report with black and white charts is available here.

The copyrighted text of the 2009 Graduate Report with color charts is available here.