The Effects of Pre-University Study of Journalism
On Entry to the Job Market


Lee B. Becker, Donna Wilcox and Tudor Vlad


Research in the U.S. has shown that extracurricular activities at the high school level are beneficial for students. One type of extracurricular activity common in U.S. high schools is journalistic, including production of a student newspaper, involvement with student radio and television, and production of a yearbook. Little is known about the lasting effects of participation in high school extracurricular communication activities. This paper examines the impact of participation in high school extracurricular communication activities on initial success in the job market. It shows that those students who have participated in journalism activities such as working for the newspaper, radio station or television station are more likely to find jobs once they complete their university training and have more success in finding jobs in the communication field.

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