Susan King: Not dying at all

February 22, 2013 

Not dying at all

The writer of the Feb. 16 letter “Numbers game” suggested a journalism/communication education sends graduates into a “dying print industry” where few can make a living.

This is not your father’s journalism school. Our students and alumni are helping to create an entirely new world of communication where the future is wide open and opportunities abound.

Our grads work at Google, Facebook, Amazon and Hulu. They work for N.C. dailies and community newspapers, The New York Times, The Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal. We have a pipeline of graduates going to work for Bloomberg News. They are at TV and radio stations, advertising and PR agencies, political campaigns, nonprofits and businesses large and small.

Combine the skills we teach in the journalism school with the critical thinking and world view of a liberal arts education, and you’ve got graduates who are nimble, adaptable and marketable.

We survey alumni six months after graduation. It is not scientific, but the jobs trends are positive. More than 82 percent of respondents from the 2012 class reported having jobs – a 6-point increase over 2011 and a 10-point increase over 2010. Many of those not working are pursuing graduate degrees.

Susan King

Dean, UNC School of Journalism and Mass Communication, Chapel Hill

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