A new Georgetown University study says journalism majors may not be quite as afflicted by the economy as we might have thought.
Here's the report from Poynter.org., which notes that recent journalism graduates have a 7.7 unemployment rate, compared to the overall national unemployment rate of 8.2 percent, and a 13.2 percent rate for all of those in the 20-to-24-year-old age group.
Meanwhile, using the same Georgetown data, the Daily Beast identifies "The 13 Most Useless Majors, from Philosophy to Journalism." It's notable that of those, journalism has the lowest unemployment rate for recent graduates.
These majors -- including film studies, music and English literature -- may be tough sells in a brutal economy, but I think they ultimately will stand the students in good stead. These are majors that will make the graduates interesting, accomplished people who have a great deal to offer employers and the world.
I don't discourage the budding journalists I know from entering the field that I have enjoyed for many years. It's true that journalism as a career has changed a great deal, and there are not a whole lot of ready-made jobs waiting for graduates. But I still think that, with persistence and savvy, a talented, determined young journalist can make it. In fact, I know of quite a number who have done just that.
And if they do, they'll have far more fun and do more good in journalism than in any other field I can think of.