Study: Journalism grads don’t read newspapers, mags, books


This could be the final blow to paper and ink news: Reporters graduating out of journalism school and headed to work at newspapers and magazines don’t read print media, with over seven of 10 choosing digital news and social media websites instead, the highest number ever, according to an authoritative new study, The Washington Examiner reports. The University of Georgia’s “Annual Survey of Journalism & Mass Communication Graduates,” which surveys J-School grads, their habits, salaries and the jobs they take, found that just one-third had read a newspaper the day before taking the survey. That’s a stunning drop from the 81 percent in 1994. And in a clear sign of the times, three-quarters read news off the internet and many watched TV. And virtually all went on a social media website the day before taking the survey, which is a guide to how new journalists consume news.The report begs the question: If today’s journalists don’t read print, why should those they are writing for read magazines and newspapers?

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