Graduate Survey Shows Weak Recovery, Lingering Problems in Journalism and Mass Communication Job Market

A slight improvement in the job market for spring 2010 graduates of the nationís journalism and mass communication programs was tempered by news of stagnant salaries and benefits, according to a report released Aug. 10 from the 2010 Annual Survey of Journalism & Mass Communication Graduates.

Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication Annual Conference

Although graduates with bachelorís degrees were more likely to leave their studies with at least one job offer, their median salary was $30,000 for the fifth straight year. After being adjusted for inflation, the median salary was actually $500 lower than a year earlier and $1,250 less than what graduates received in 2006. Masterís degree recipients saw an even more dramatic drop with a median salary of $36,200, a decline of nearly $3,000 from a year earlier.

Benefits took a hit as well with employer contributions to major medical and prescription drug coverage showing a slight drop.

These are the key findings from the Annual Survey of Journalism and 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 UGA Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication.

The full report was written by Dr. Lee B. Becker, director of the Cox Center, and fellow researchers Tudor Vlad, associate director of the Cox Center, and Grady graduate students Whitney Kazragis, Chelsea Toledo and Paris Desnoes.

It was released in a special session on the Annual Surveys of Journalism & Mass Communication at the annual conference of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication in St. Louis.

Also released were a preliminary report on the Annual Survey of Journalism & Mass Communication Enrollments, a report on doctoral degree programs in the field of communication, and a report on hiring in daily newspapers and television and radio newsrooms around the country.

The copyrighted text of the 2010 Graduate Report with black and white charts is available here.

The copyrighted text of the 2010 Graduate Report with color charts is available here.

The copyrighted text of the 2010 Enrollment Report is available here.

The copyrighted text of the 2010 Editors Report is available here.

The copyrighted text of the 2009 Doctoral Report is available here.