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March 31, 2009

As Journalism Employment Collapses...

About the general state of journalism:

Almost 16,000 jobs were lost at U.S. newspapers last year, according to a tally maintained by Erica Smith of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch on a blog called Paper Cuts. She estimates half those jobs were in newsrooms. As revenue has plummeted this year, 6,800 more jobs have been lost.

So as the industry self-destructs, it would follow that enrollment in journalism schools would be down. But no:

Paradoxically, journalism schools are more popular than ever. Maryland received 25 percent more applications this year than last for its graduate journalism program. Columbia University's program saw a 40 percent increase; the school is planning to enroll more students than usual to meet demand.

Why?

Journalism deans say the ethics and skills they teach -- skepticism, fairness, accuracy, persistence -- are highly valuable in a world where truth and reality are increasingly hard to discern. And with curriculum overhauls, they say, students are getting the tools in audio, video and the Web that will allow them to create the new media of the future.

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