Some eye-opening data

Every year, the Grady College of Journalism conducts a job survey of journalism school graduates. Their survey of 2008 graduates showed hiring was down, as expected. (The 2009 survey is going on now.)

But the survey shows some other interesting things about who’s getting hired, what their duties are, and how much they earn:

  • Two-thirds of j-grads who got hired say they write, edit and design for the Web as part of their job.
  • 78 percent say they use the Web for research on the job.
  • 35 percent use the Web in promotion.
  • 24 percent say they create and use blogs.
  • 24 percent say they produce and edit images for the Web.
  • 24 percent say they work on social network sites for their employer.
  • 79 percent of newspaper graduates say at least part of their job is writing and editing for the Web.
  • 66 percent of magazine graduates say at least part of their job is writing and editing for the Web.
  • The average starting salary for a graduate working primarily online: $33,000
    • At a daily newspaper: $29,000
    • At a magazine: $28,000
    • At a weekly newspaper: $26,000

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4 responses to “Some eye-opening data

  1. These gems of information are what keeps me going when I feel like I’m meddling in the filth of social networking. Obviously, a JMC major will not only benefit from knowledge of the web but practically must have a thorough grasp on web journalism to be marketable to employers. The stats don’t lie. Change is upon us. In our profession, we’ll spend our lives keeping up with the new waves of journalism so it’s time to embrace it.

  2. These are pretty interesting numbers. It’s scary, too, though, because now we know exactly what the competition looks like. And what if this person is better at the online stuff than you?

    I simply feel like online media is changing so much and so often that it really makes me feel inadequate in the long run. But I’m trying like hell to keep up with it all…

  3. It will certainly be interesting to see how the face of college journalism programs will change in the future – particularly with so many aspects of traditional photography, videography, reporting, and publishing making a (very obvious – as your date proves) shift of focus towards online.

  4. I couldn’t believe it when you said in class that the social networking category didn’t even exist until this year and already it is at 24%. A few years ago it would have been considered major taboo to surf the web during work and now it’s encouraged. I wonder what the “new big thing” in social media will be once we hit the workforce. It’s bound to change again.

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