Philly's journalism schools say they're prepared for the future. But students aren't sure if their teachers are ready for today.
“Over the past two years, we’ve had great success in placing journalism students in internships and jobs. How that will play out in the future, however, is an open question," she says. "I suspect the best student journalists will land jobs in the news industry, but they may have to move to growth areas of the country. For others, it will be tough. Our students are broadly trained within the communication field, including public relations. So even if our journalism students can’t find jobs in the news business, they will have the background they need to get plum jobs in public relations.”
"They just need to understand that the format is changing," Bunch says. "But that’s always been true. Blogs didn’t exist for me when I graduated from college 28 years ago. It’s an even more rapid change now. But if you care about writing about news, there will be a place for you.”
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Larry Atkins teaches journalism at Temple University and Arcadia University.
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