Each year the University of Georgia completes an examination
of the state of scholastic journalism, including the enrollment numbers and
other trends at colleges across the country. The university’s 2014 report
concluded that enrollment in journalism departments across the country was
trending downward. According to the survey, enrollment was down almost 10
percent at the University of Missouri from 2011 to 2013. Enrollment was also
down over 30 percent over a span of five years at Columbia College, and down
nearly 20 percent over the same five-year span at Indiana University’s
journalism department.

Partially because of this dip in enrollment, several colleges,
including Indiana University, have even had to combine their journalism,
communications, television/radio, film studies departments into one school—not unlike
what April Moss has had to do at Pike High School in Indianapolis. According to
the most recent statistics available, enrollment in the journalism department
at Indiana University-Bloomington had dropped 9 percent from 2015 to 2016. 


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