Posted by Stephanie Gaub
The Southern Institute of Technology has just announced that it’s dropping its journalism program after 16 years, saying it is unlikely that the program will ever return to their campus. SIT is one of many schools experiencing declining interest in the field of journalism.
According to a study done by the University of Georgia in 2014, enrollment at Columbia College Chicago and Indiana University-Bloomington has been falling in recent years as well.
Kaua‘i Community College in Hawaii announced today that it will be shutting down it’s student newspaper at the end of this semester, after more than 30 years of production.
With so many schools struggling we are faced with a difficult question. What is the future of college journalism programs?
When I decided to major in journalism in college, many of my friends were surprised. They asked me why I would want to do that, saying that I would end up living in a cardboard box on the side of the road because it is a dying career field.
I disagree completely.
The world of journalism does look different than it did 30 years ago. But that doesn’t mean it’s a dying field.
As technology evolves, journalism evolves with it. People thought the sale of books would decrease or die altogether when e-books came out, but that hasn’t happened. Books remain relevant to our world even with continued changes in technology and media.
What will the field of journalism look like in 30 more years? Is the outlook as bleak as statistics show? Will this field be able to keep up with the continuous changes in society and in technology?