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Journalism as a viable career choice: What guidance counselors are telling students
Unformatted Document Text:  4 recommend a journalism career today as opposed to one year and five years ago. It is the hope of the researchers that the results may prove useful in the development of informational pieces and educational programming for guidance counselors and high school teachers about the evolving field of journalism, particularly media convergence, and to encourage students to pursue a journalism career. Review of Literature Perceptions of Journalism in the Media The U.S. media have painted a gloomy picture of journalism, particularly the future of print journalism. Quite the opposite has been portrayed in the words of critics, scholars, the public, and even some journalists themselves. This section attempts to highlight some of the negative views many hold for the future of journalism. In a recent publication, McChesney and Nichols (2010) describe the collapse of journalism, as we know it, and its effects on democracy. In the past few years, the news industry has received a lot of negative press, so to speak. According to Nichols and McChesney (2009), “Journals ranging from Time, The New Yorker, The Atlantic, and The New Republic to the New York Times and the Los Angeles Times concur on the diagnosis: newspapers, as we have known them, are disintegrating and are possibly on the verge of extinction” (p.11). Many blogs and opinion websites discuss the decay of traditional journalism—one blog even holds the moniker: the Newspaper Death Watch. Recently, newspaper and broadcast editors themselves have surfaced as yet more sources discussing the not-so-bright future of American journalism. The Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism (2010a) collected data from 353 news executives on the state of American journalism. In general, broadcast news execs held a

Authors: Rentner, Terry., Oyer, Seth. and Flynn, Mark.
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recommend a journalism career today as opposed to one year and five years ago.  It is the 
hope of the researchers that the results may prove useful in the development of 
informational pieces and educational programming for guidance counselors and high 
school teachers about the evolving field of journalism, particularly media convergence, 
and to encourage students to pursue a journalism career.
Review of Literature
Perceptions of Journalism in the Media
The U.S. media have painted a gloomy picture of journalism, particularly the future 
of print journalism. Quite the opposite has been portrayed in the words of critics, 
scholars, the public, and even some journalists themselves.  This section attempts to 
highlight some of the negative views many hold for the future of journalism.  In a recent 
publication, McChesney and Nichols (2010) describe the collapse of journalism, as we 
know it, and its effects on democracy.  In the past few years, the news industry has 
received a lot of negative press, so to speak.  According to Nichols and McChesney 
(2009), “Journals ranging from Time, The New Yorker, The Atlantic, and The New 
Republic to the New York Times and the Los Angeles Times concur on the diagnosis: 
newspapers, as we have known them, are disintegrating and are possibly on the verge of 
extinction” (p.11).  Many blogs and opinion websites discuss the decay of traditional 
journalism—one blog even holds the moniker: the Newspaper Death Watch.  
Recently, newspaper and broadcast editors themselves have surfaced as yet more 
sources discussing the not-so-bright future of American journalism. The Pew Research 
Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism (2010a) collected data from 353 news 
executives on the state of American journalism.  In general, broadcast news execs held a 


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