If you’re a college freshman choosing a major, don’t go into Journalism.
Many of the people applying for jobs at my advertising agency are newspaper reporters and TV producers who are trying to get into marketing.
When I ask why they want to leave journalism, they say the industry is dying.
One person said he got laid off from the same paper three times.
Another said she loved her work but realized that from here on out, it would just be round after round of layoffs at her TV station — until she was next — and she wanted to leave preemptively.
In his cover letter, a former reporter described journalism as his former “mistress.” He said he needed to “seek refuge in the arms of another”… that is to say, advertising.
Obviously, I’m only hearing from people who are leaving the industry, but it’s definitely adding up to an anecdotal trend.
If you’re currently a journalism major, I strongly recommend you get some internship experience in a marketing position. Otherwise, you might find yourself trying to flee the industry in a few years, but without any other experience. Sorry.
What’s your take on this?