2003 Annual Survey of Journalism and Mass Communication Graduates


Lee B. Becker, Tudor Vlad, Amy Jo Coffey, and Heidi Hennink-Kaminski


Journalism and mass communication graduates did not see much evidence of any improvement
in the nation’s economy in 2003 and the first half of 2004. Job offers were few. Unemployment rates were
higher than the national average. Salaries were low and inadequate to compensate for increase in the
costs of living.

About a quarter of the 2003 journalism and mass communication graduates said they regretted
their career choice. Only one in five expects to retire in the field.

Yet two-thirds of those who found full-time work reported being proud of the organization that
employed them. Nearly a quarter said they were committed to their employer. Three in five said they
considered the work they did to be meaningful. These feelings are nearly identical to those of graduates
who found full-time work in recent years.

The copyrighted full text of the 2003 Graduate Report is available here.

The PDF version of the charts and tables is available here.

The PDF version of the supplement charts is available here.

Click here to view the table "Salaries by Employer Type."