High school journalism isn’t the only level ofscholastic journalism experiencing changes.
For many years, University ofGeorgia took a survey regarding the state of the press and journalismeducation—including enrollment statistics and information about other trends atprominent journalism colleges across the country. The University of Georgia’s 2014report, the last report conducted before the project ended, concluded thatenrollment in journalism programs and related areas of study were trendingdownward. For example, according to the survey, enrollment was down bout 9percent at the University of Missouri from 2010 to 2013, down a bit over 30percent over a span of five years at Columbia College, and down nearly 20percent over the same five-year span at Indiana University’s journalismdepartment. These are just a few prominent examples, but these declines can beseen at journalism departments, big and small, across the country.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—notunlike what April Moss has had to do at Pike High School in Indianapolis.According to the most recent statistics available, enrollment in the journalismdepartment at Indiana University-Bloomington had dropped 9 percent from 2015 to2016. Other well-known programs are also facing decreasingenrollment numbers in recent years. According to a University of Missouri enrollmentreport, freshman enrollment in the school’s journalism track dropped nearly 20percent from 2015 to 2016.
The freshman class isn’t the only class affectedeither. According to their most recent enrollment summary, overallundergraduate enrollment in the department is also down. When you combinefreshman, sophomores, juniors and seniors, the total loss in enrollment between2015 and 2016 dropped over 30 percent.
However, it’s important to note that there hasn’t badnews for journalism departments everywhere. Several journalism programs havebeen growing, and a few schools have even added journalism courses that hadnever offered them before or have not offered them for decades. For example,mostly due to the high level of student interest, the University ofCalifornia-Berkeley recently began holding undergraduate journalism coursesagain—an offering which hasn’t existed for almost 30 years.