A Look to the Future

Mindy McAdams has a fascinating post on her blog, offering some invaluable information and advice for both student journalists and journalism professors.

Mindy provides survey results from 86 newspaper editors and publishers prior to a journalism job fair.

The findings are interesting and point to the need for diversity in skillsets and the need for students to get experience — through both traditional routes and/or freelancing opportunities:

Would you recommend that college students/recent grads become a freelancer — either as a way to get experience before becoming an employee, or to make a career of it?

  1. Yes: 71 (provides experience/clips; gets your foot in door; proves yourself valuable to decision-makers for hiring)
  2. Hedged response: 11 (difficult to make a living; not as a career; only as last resort)
  3. No: 4 (difficult to make a living; cannot hire experienced writers in entry-level positions)

This set of answers is quite significant, and I hope that journalism professors (and others who advise young journalists) will pay attention. Out of 86 respondents, 71 said YES, they would recommend freelancing. That’s 82.5 percent.



About journalismprof

Steve joined the journalism faculty at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in August 2007 and has been working to incorporate multimedia across the curriculum. Since arriving at UMass, Steve has developed three courses modeled after his multimedia journalism course. The courses allow students to work in teams in a newsroom-like environment where they work on packages -- using video, audio and photos to tell stories. He is also working with students on developing amherstwire.com, a news Web site staffed completely by students. Steve has more than 25 years of experience as an editor and reporter for print and online publications, including 10 as an editor at washingtonpost.com. He also edits part-time for espn.com with the NFL and college football network.
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