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Temple Grad Students Feel Broadcast Journalism is ‘Safer’

Author-journalist Thom Nickels has an interesting recap on the Huffington Post of a recent event at Temple University. He was part of a panel that also included Philadelphia Daily News columnist Elmer Smith and says one of the first things he learned is that most graduate students in the audience had already bailed on print:

I was surprised to discover that the vast majority of students were broadcast journalism majors.

With the closing and bankruptcy of so many newspapers across the country, there seemed to be a consensus among the students that a career in print journalism was suspect, whereas a career in broadcast journalism – where there have been no reported of closings of television news departments – was “safer.”

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The Benefits of J-School in the Digital Age

The cons of attending journalism school can typically be narrowed down to cost of tuition, the importance of real-life job experience, and the cost of tuition. But the contacts you’ll gain from a formal education can’t be underestimated — especially in a business where relationships are everything.

“I made friends with other journalism majors, and those connections have been invaluable in my career,” agreed Lauren Streib, a UNC journalism grad who is now an assistant editor at The Daily Beast. When you first graduate, you all may have entry-level positions or internships, but in about 10 years, your friends will be in charge of hiring decisions or have close relationships with people who do. In 20 years, you’ll be running the show.

Read more in 6 Reasons a Journalism Degree Is Still Necessary. [Mediabistro AvantGuild subscription required]

Some Good News For One J-School


Remember how you applied to journalism school after college and then didn’t go because it turned out to be a drain on your finances and no one is getting a job in journalism, masters degree or no masters degree? (Never mind the inexplicable fact that j-school applications were actually up this year.)

Turns out that the tide might be turning after all! Not that it’s easier to get a job working in journalism these days, but at least one j-school is going to be able to keep up with the times: The Reynolds School of Journalism and Center for Advanced Media Studies at the University of Nevada, Reno is getting $8 million for a multimedia makeover, including rewiring and recabling of the entire journalism building, which will no longer have to work with analog TV. This is great, because you can’t even watch television without a digital converter anymore, so it looks like this gift came right on time. The donation was made by The Donald W. Reynolds Foundation (and we’re guessing the name isn’t a coincidence), and is one of the five largest gifts in the university’s history.

Said Jerry Ceppos, dean of the Reynolds school, “In a world that talks constantly about the decline of journalism, this gift lights the way for its future.” And with the new rewiring, he is talking literally here.

Read More: Reynolds j-school gets $8M gift for multimedia transformation –Poynter