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Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Fake News suckers in more journalism students

I would never discourage students from enrolling in journalism school. Fools should be parted from their money.

"The Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism at the University of Southern California  saw its highest-ever number of first-year applicants this year," MarketWatch reported.

The sticker price for tuition is $47,600 a year (you can talk them down, kiddos).

Buried in Paragraph 14 in this breathless story -- "The rise of ‘fake news’ is producing a record number of journalism majors" -- was the harsh reality.

"Journalism students who want to be reporters, correspondents or broadcast news analysts are up against some tough odds. Jobs in those positions are expected to fall 9% by the year 2026, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. In 2016, there were only 50,400 such jobs available in the U.S., it found. And median pay in those positions in 2016 was $38,870 per year," MarketWatch reported.

So they will pay $190,000 in tuition alone for a job that pays $38,870 a year.

This explains so much about the competence level of our reporters.

Oh, and they'll probably have to go to graduate school as well.

MarketWatch did call it right when it reported, "The latest industry to get a Trump bump: Journalism schools."

That's right, journalism schools are an industry. Whether there are actually jobs for graduates is of little concern. From a marketing standpoint, it helps if a few of them get a job.

But the Trump bump won't last. By the time the freshman quoted in the story graduates, he will be beginning his second term. Or maybe he will be out of office altogether. Then the sad reality will set in: the news business is dying.

Newspaper revenues are at 1950s levels, and local TV news may be next. While the Washington Post and New York Times boast about their online subscriptions, online ads are drying up as well.

But they are attracting Social Justice Fascists who want to bring down a president. Again.

Journalism school might as well be telegraph repair school.

9 comments:

  1. The journalism graduates can get in the unemployment line along with the graduates of black studies and women studies programs.

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  2. Why not do journalism in the current society. It requires little work or intelligence no real research required just follow the direction given to you by the liberal master. It is an easy job that requires little but will keep you employed as long as you follow the agenda.

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  3. Rush Limbaugh: Skip College and Go Straight to Journalism, Mr. Hogg!
    This student from the Stoneman High School in Parkland, David Hogg, who became the media darling, you remember I advised him just to skip college and go straight to journalism…
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    Yeah, this kid had already been lovingly embraced by CNN and PMSNBC, and using my own experience as a guide, I advised Mr. Hogg, “Screw it. Don’t waste your time. You don’t need to go to college. You’re already qualified. You’ve got journalism down pat. You know who the enemies are. You know how to rip ’em to shreds. They’re just waiting to hire you. Don’t waste time. Go straight to journalism. It doesn’t take any more training than you already have.”

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  4. Just like me one needs a license to paint toe nails for a living (control of the market), sometime in the future, liberals in power will try to limit blogging to only degreed and licensed “journalists”.

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  5. Gov should stop giving education aid for students enrolled at schools where grads are not paying off their loans.
    The problem of wacko majors will self correct quickly.
    JimNorCal

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  6. Some random thoughts on the subject: Someone should let the kiddies in on the fact that being a social justice warrior is a calling, not an occupation. In old time journalism, someone new to the business didn't have to be an expert from day 1 on pretty much anything. He got on the job training from an experienced mentor and by a lot of "doing." These days, however, the old timers who perfected their skills at the craft are either going or gone. Those now entering the business leave school with not much skill and fewer chances of hooking up with someone who can teach them the trade. On the other hand, they do have a lot of outrage. Does outrage sell? Perhaps, but for how long? Eventually the market for outrage by people who proclaim themselves to be on a mission to "save the world" will dry up. As will the jobs for those SJWs.

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  7. Journalism is not the only field with these issues. Jim Morgan makes a good point above: "The journalism graduates can get in the unemployment line along with the graduates of black studies and women studies programs." It seems clear to me from my experience in college that it is the professors who control who gets degrees, and if you do not have professor who encourages independent thinking and expression, you may find yourself forced to agree with the jerks long enough so you wind up thinking (?) like they do. That is, coercion is part of the game. My fields were English and divinity and if you didn't go along to get along it could be a tough row to hoe. I think Jim NorCal has the right idea, only he does not go far enough. I think "Gov should stop giving education aid for students enrolled at schools" is far enough, Jim. People who get education as a benefit for their service in the military or as a benefit on the job, they are okay. People who just sign a piece of paper on the other hand should probably not get help. Does anyone work their way through college any more? -- BJ54

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  8. I went to j school Don! haha. 25 yrs ago. I mostly agree with you. But I was able to turn my writing into a profitable career at least, working at home. A lot of these kidz are going to be shocked when they make 32k a year as assistant wait staff manager and get an $800 per month school loan bill.

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  9. Yeah, but modern journalism takes no work, and we know the current generation is not exactly a bunch of go-getters. Sit around, make shit up (that suits your political ideology), and write it down. You can always make the obligatory correction 3 days later and 29 pages deep. Going to journalism school these days is the rough equivalent of going to get a 4-year degree in used-car sales.

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