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At a time when the media industry is recreating its business models while laying off and buying out its staff, potential future employees continue to apply to journalism schools.

Forbes reports that several top journalism schools are seeing double-digit increases in applications:

“Columbia, Stanford and NYU applications increased 38%, 20% and 6%, respectively, from the previous year. Same thing at state schools. The University of Colorado (up 11%), University of North Carolina (up 14%) and University of Maryland (up 25%) all saw gains. ‘I’m amazed that enrollment continues to be so healthy,’ says Associate Professor Stephen Solomon at NYU’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute.”

What job opportunities will be available to graduates? A Nov. 2007 monthly labor review from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) predicts job growth in media by 2016, but mostly among freelance workers. A more recent BLS projection suggests no growth for some positions, including reporters, and 10 percent growth for writers and editors.

Forbes notes that many j-school grads may look no further than the classroom for work: “Brooke Kroeger, director of the Carter Journalism Institute at NYU, says interest in teaching has tripled in the last five years.”

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Julie Moos (jmoos@poynter.org) has been Director of Poynter Online and Poynter Publications since 2009. Previously, she was Editor of Poynter Online (2007-2009) and Poynter Publications…
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