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Journalism as a viable career choice: What guidance counselors are telling students
Unformatted Document Text:  2 Abstract Media portrayals of journalism careers paint a dismal picture of its future, particularly in the U.S. and Great Britain. Of particular concern is how these negative media portrayals, such as the crisis of newspapers, may influence high school guidance counselors’ recommendations of a journalism career. This study surveyed U.S. high school guidance counselors to gauge their knowledge of the journalism field; whether or not they would recommend journalism as a viable career option to their advisees today, one year ago, and five years ago; and their perception of students’ attitudes toward the field today compared to one and five years ago. Results show that while roughly half of the guidance counselors surveyed would recommend a journalism career, they think that fewer students are likely to pursue journalism as a career path. Recommendations are made for how to keep journalism career foci alive. Key Words: journalism careers, guidance counselors, career advising, high school journalism, journalism major, guidance counselor influences, journalism field decline, knowledge of journalism, perceptions of journalism careers, media portrayal of journalism Journalism as a viable career choice: What

Authors: Rentner, Terry., Oyer, Seth. and Flynn, Mark.
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Media portrayals of journalism careers paint a dismal picture of its future, 
particularly in the U.S. and Great Britain.  Of particular concern is how these negative 
media portrayals, such as the crisis of newspapers, may influence high school guidance 
counselors’ recommendations of a journalism career.  This study surveyed U.S. high 
school guidance counselors to gauge their knowledge of the journalism field; whether or 
not they would recommend journalism as a viable career option to their advisees today, 
one year ago, and five years ago; and their perception of students’ attitudes toward the 
field today compared to one and five years ago.  Results show that while roughly half of 
the guidance counselors surveyed would recommend a journalism career, they think that 
fewer students are likely to pursue journalism as a career path. Recommendations are 
made for how to keep journalism career foci alive.     
Key Words:  journalism careers, guidance counselors, career advising, high school 
journalism, journalism major, guidance counselor influences, journalism field decline, 
knowledge of journalism, perceptions of journalism careers, media portrayal of 
Journalism as a viable career choice: What 

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