Letter from the editor

Fall 2018 Edition  


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If you run an organization’s social media account, you know you have to be prepared to handle just about anything. Earlier this year, a commenter posted this on a profile of a student who had changed his major to journalism: “You should have majored in engineering or computer science. Journalism is a dead profession.”

Besides being mean, that statement is just not true. No one can deny the financial challenges of news organizations all around the country, but that’s only part of the story when you take a look at job prospects for journalism graduates. About 850 students are enrolled in the J-School any given year, and about 70 percent are studying strategic communication. There are a wide variety of jobs open to them when they graduate. And if you assume that our news/info students aren't getting jobs, ask recent graduates at news organizations all over the country. Several had multiple job offers, such as Alana Flinn, who had 13 job offers.  

In a 2017 survey, 84 percent reported that they were working full time six months after graduation. Forty-four percent reported earning $30,000-$39,000 a year; 31 percent reported earning $40,000-$49,000 a year, and 7 percent reported earning more than $50,000 a year.

Our career and outreach counselor, Steve Rottinghaus, works with students on job searches, resumes and mock interviews. He organizes career fairs and created a jobs and internships page that is the second most visited page on the J-School website.  

Reports of the death of journalism have been greatly exaggerated. Our graduates can verify that. 

Julie Adam
Editor, Jayhawk Journalist