It is not just in the UK that demand for journalism courses is booming despite the job cuts hitting the media.
James Rainey, in the Los Angeles Times, notes that applications jumped more than 20% this year for the graduate journalism program at USC's Annenberg School for Communication. Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism got 44% more applicants this year than in 2008. Other US journalism schools reported similar increases.
He writes: "For almost $100,000 (including room and board) over two years, USC's graduate journalism program will prepare you for a profession that features low pay, long hours and an uncertain future."
Rainey asks: "So what are these nutty kids thinking?"
He gets his answer from one Annenberg journalism student Adrianna Weingold, 24.
She says: "It's like an adrenaline rush. Every day is different. Every story is different. There are very few careers that let you get out in the world and talk to people and learn something new every day."
Rainey adds:"The young ones may not have the same reporting and writing chops, but they tend to beat the stuffing out of old-timers in their facile use of the Internet for reporting and writing and with their entrepreneurial spirit."
He quotes Jonathan Kotler, an Annenberg professor and chairman of graduate admissions, on student journalists:"They are much less afraid of change. Start-ups don't scare them, they excite them."
Another Addenberg student Chris Nelson,29, said: "I don't think people are feeding us a line when they say this is the most exciting time to be in journalism. It's a ground-floor opportunity to shape how journalism is going to be. . . . We are sort of setting the rules right now."
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