High school journalism isn’t the only level of
scholastic journalism experiencing changes. Every year the University of
Georgia takes a survey concerning the state of the press and journalism
education—including enrollment statistics and information about other trends at
prominent journalism colleges across the country. The University of Georgia’s 2014
report concluded that enrollment in journalism, telecommunications, and PR
departments across the country was trending downward. According to the survey,
enrollment was down bout 9 percent at the University of Missouri from 2010 to
2013, down a bit 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
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
Other well-known programs have also faced waning
enrollment numbers in the last few years. According to a University of Missouri
enrollment report, freshman enrollment in the school’s journalism track dropped
nearly 20 percent from 2015 to 2016. The freshman class isn’t the only class
affected either. According to their most recent enrollment summary, overall
undergraduate enrollment in the department is also down. When you combine
freshman, sophomores, juniors and seniors, the total loss in enrollment between
2015 and 2016 dropped over 30 percent.
However, it’s important to note that there
hasn’t bad news for journalism departments everywhere. Several journalism
programs have been growing, and a few schools have even added journalism
courses that had never offered them before or have not offered them for decades.
For example, mostly due to the high level of student interest, the University
of California-Berkeley recently began holding undergraduate journalism courses
again—an offering which hasn’t existed for almost 30 years.