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Journalism as a viable career choice: What guidance counselors are telling students
Unformatted Document Text:  13Journalism as a viable career up email with the survey as an attachment. They were asked to participate if they had not already done so. This yielded an additional 26 online responses. Results Description of the Sample High school guidance counselors were asked survey questions about their knowledge of journalism, perceptions of how the media portrays the future of journalism and likeliness of recommending journalism careers. Fifty-seven out of 95 who attended Guidance Counselor Day responded to the survey either that day by completing a paper version or through a follow-up online request. This provided researchers with a response rate of 60%. Thirty-one counselors responded by paper (54%) and 26 counselors, or 46%, completed the same questionnaire online. The majority of the respondents in this survey would be considered seasoned guidance counselors, with 53% having worked in the field 15 or more years. About 18% have 11-15 years of experience, 12% with 6-10 years, 12% with 1-5 years and 2% with less than one year of experience. About 75% of the high schools surveyed offer a journalism course. Almost all of them have a yearbook (93%) and most (87%) have a school newspaper. Only 14% of the schools have an online newspaper. Responses to the level of influence high school guidance counselors think they have on students’ career choices produced mixed results. About 25% felt that they have little influence, while 30% believe they are somewhat influential. The majority (46%) were unsure of their influence on students’ career choices (M=3.12, SD=.927). Knowledge of journalism

Authors: Rentner, Terry., Oyer, Seth. and Flynn, Mark.
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Journalism as a viable career
up email with the survey as an attachment.  They were asked to participate if they had not 
already done so. This yielded an additional 26 online responses.
Results
Description of the Sample
High school guidance counselors were asked survey questions about their 
knowledge of journalism, perceptions of how the media portrays the future of journalism 
and likeliness of recommending journalism careers.  
Fifty-seven out of 95 who attended Guidance Counselor Day responded to the 
survey either that day by completing a paper version or through a follow-up online 
request.  This provided researchers with a response rate of 60%. Thirty-one counselors 
responded by paper (54%) and 26 counselors, or 46%, completed the same questionnaire 
online. The majority of the respondents in this survey would be considered seasoned 
guidance counselors, with 53% having worked in the field 15 or more years.  About 18% 
have 11-15 years of experience, 12% with 6-10 years, 12% with 1-5 years and 2% with 
less than one year of experience.
About 75% of the high schools surveyed offer a journalism course. Almost all of 
them have a yearbook (93%) and most (87%) have a school newspaper.  Only 14% of the 
schools have an online newspaper.  Responses to the level of influence high school 
guidance counselors think they have on students’ career choices produced mixed results. 
About 25% felt that they have little influence, while 30% believe they are somewhat 
influential.  The majority (46%) were unsure of their influence on students’ career 
choices (M=3.12, SD=.927). 
Knowledge of journalism 


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