The Press: The Newsman Shortage

"A journalism graduate," according to an old newspaperman's quip, "is only one degree removed from a good reporter." Today, instead of turning away the diploma bearer, U.S. newspapers are bidding eagerly for journalism school graduates—and finding that there are not nearly enough to go around. From Tulane University's 30-student department to Northwestern's famed Medill School of Journalism (enrollment: 482), journalism deans report that they receive up to ten job offers for every graduate. Said a Journalism Quarterly survey of 76 schools last week: "For the second year in a row, not a single institution reported a surplus of graduates."

The major reason...

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