Collective enrollments in American journalism schools and programs dropped in 2012 for the second straight year, the American Journalism Review reported. The article, which is based on an annual survey of journalism programs conducted by the University of Georgia, said that enrollment in the 485 participating journalism and mass communication programs fell by 2.9 percent in 2012 after a smaller drop, of 1.1 percent, the year before. Those dips followed several years of increases, which some observers saw as defying the headlines of an industry in disarray.
The study and the article note that the recent drops came at a time of enrollment increases for colleges and universities generally, and speculate that “the recent declines may have been triggered by negative publicity about layoffs in the news industry."
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