Journalism BA - 'most worthless degree'

The Daily Beast posted an article recently titled, “20 Most Useless College Majors.” The journalists who wrote the story concluded that a B.A. in journalism is the most useless degree of all.

According to the report, data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics was reviewed to come up with the list, including starting- and mid-career salary levels, the expected change in the total number of jobs from 2008 to 2018 and the expected percentage change in available jobs from 2008 to 2018.

If someone goes into journalism today because he or she wants a high-paying job with lots of perks and long-term job security, he or she will be disappointed and his or her education will be, as the article declares, useless. But for those who want to provide a valuable service to a news-hungry public, their degree is of great value.

The Beast's conclusion does not bode well for news consumers, but it does open the door for the aggressive, well-trained and motivated citizen journalist. After all, the demand for fair and thorough reporting of news is not on the decline.

Transitional times in any industry are problematic but the transition going on in journalism is frightening. While the variety of platforms for news writing, news photography and news videography increases, the value of an education in journalism decreases.

This means that as never before when it comes to reading the news, caveat emptor – let the buyer beware!


1 Response to "Journalism BA - 'most worthless degree'"

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Tue, 05/10/2011 - 06:14
<p>Ever since the day education was equated with the money students gets back after its completion, mankind took a downfall. The logic of that thinking is that way no one would study liberal arts, classics, poetry, and, of course journalism. And that is despite the fact that without those subjects - even they don't get you back the moolah - society would be crippled.</p><p>These kind of knocking articles in the "Daily whatever" are not only damaging but, in the long run, detrimental to society and young fellows with a passion.</p><p>Also, it's very much US-centric. In countries like India, journalism pays pretty much, obviously nothing compared to what it does in the West, but pretty decent when you compare it with the standard of living of the resident country.</p><p>Thirdly, there is a lot of hierarchy and structural variation of "journalism" a crime reporter in a local newspaper is also journalist and a foreign correspondent covering the Middle East, is also one.</p><p>So, how is one to judge what university subject pays and what doesn't? It depends on your quality, flair to write, a nose for news and a lot of other things besides.</p><p>Journalism is not &nbsp;subject which can be taught in schools as such. At most a journalism student can be guided with the basic rules, and ethics of the trade. But, in the end, a good wordsmith has to have the talent in them and then they will go on to be successful.</p><p>Like any other professional courses, quality matters...and people who don't what it takes will not be successful.</p><p>In short, the article to which you refer in the&nbsp;<em>Daily Beas</em>t is utter rubbish.</p>