Sixty-one percent of journalists think the journalism they produce is better than five years ago.

Facing Change: The needs, attitudes and experiences of people in media
Tom Rosenstiel, Maria Ivancin, Kevin Loker, Stephen Lacy, Jeff Sonderman and Katie Yaeger
Online at www.americanpressinstitute.org
August 6, 2015


Journalism is not confined to a single field in the 21st century. And it is surely not confined to a particular set of job titles or type of work. These former j-students now impacting all corners of commerce, politics, the law, education, technology and media are telling us one thing loudly and collectively: The skills and knowledge they gleaned from their j-education is still so strongly embedded within them that, even beyond what their industry or position descriptions may say, at their core they know they are journalists.

Why Should Students Still Study Journalism Given the Sorry State of the News Industry?
Dan Reimold
Online at www.collegemediamatters.com
August 13, 2015


Journalism is more robust than ever before. There is more journalism being produced on more outlets and in more ways for more interested people than ever before.

Social Media Weekend 2015: Social Media Tips
Sree Sreenivasan
Online at www.youtube.com
June 19, 2015

W. Page Pitt School of Journalism and Mass Communications

The W. Page Pitt School of Journalism and Mass Communications is one of three schools operating within the College of Arts and Media. Students majoring in the school’s programs constitute 44% of the college’s enrollment.  The school has been nationally accredited by the Accrediting Council for Education in Journalism and Mass  Communications since 1976, and it was most recently reaccredited in 2015. Graduation and retention rates are  posted in accordance with the ACEJMC public accountability requirements.

Unit Retention Rates

Retention rates are a reflection of student persistence in a program. The W. Page Pitt School of Journalism and Mass Communications rates are calculated regularly through Institutional Research. The school’s retention rates consistently rank among the top in the university.

Entering cohort Retained . . .
to second year to third year to fourth year
2005 72.6% 69.95 57.5%
2006 80.0% 77.1% 68.8%
2007 75.0% 60.5% 60.9%
2008 76.1% 62.7% 61.2%
2009 81.7% 73.2% 73.0%
2010 70.3% 65.6% 57.0%
2011 79.5% 76.2% 72.35
2012 90.4% 83.25% **
2013 85.3% ** **
2014 ** ** **

** Data not yet available

Graduation rates

Students who accelerate their programs of study and those who transfer into the program after their freshman year may graduate in fewer than four years.

Entering cohort Graduated Graduated in . . .
< 4 years 4 years 5 years 6 years or +
2005 64% 6% 24% 22% 12%
2006 66% 3% 24% 25% 14%
2007*** 56% 1% 29% 18% 8%
2008*** 51% 6% 18% 19% 8%
2009*** 67% 2% 28% 27% 10%
2010*** 77% 10% 45% 22% to come
2011*** to come 8% 37% to come to come
2012*** to come to come to come to come to come

*** A number of students who entered the program in any given year may still be in the pipeline and making progress toward graduation. The completion percentages for five years for six or more years may increase as the remaining students in a cohort matriculate.

Graduation by major

Advertising Broadcasting Online Print PR RTV Sports*****
2006 10 10 1 11 16 9
2007 15 11 2   7   8 5
2008   8 12 1 13 15 5
2009 16   7 3 12 15 7
2010 13   8 1   6 20 6
1011 10   9 3   8 16 3
2012   8   8 2   5   7 3
2013 12 10 4   5 21 4 1
2014   8 13 4   2 32 4 1
2015 12   8 3 11 18 5 2

***** The sports major launched in 2010.

Job Placement

Job placement is assessed through an annual survey of graduates immediately following matriculation conducted by the university Assessment Office, and through a periodic survey of graduates conducted by the School of Journalism and Mass Communications. On average, about one quarter of the school’s graduates continue employment in a job they originally had as an intern while the remainder go on to other employment in the field, employment in other areas or continue their academic careers. Generally, about 30% of journalism and mass communications majors continue in master’s programs. In the most recent survey of alumni 75% reported full-time employment directly in the field or in a closely related field and 20% reported full-time employment in an unrelated field.

Scholarships available

The following scholarship opportunities are offered to declared majors through the W. Page Pitt School of
Journalism and Mass Communications.

  • George R. Andrick-WSAZ-TV Scholarship
  • Arnold-Turner Journalism Scholarship
  • Dr. Charles G. Bailey Scholarship for SOJMC
  • Estelle Margaret Belanger Scholarship
  • James E. Casto Journalism Scholarship
  • Ezra Cochran Scholarship
  • Margie Crabtree Coltrane-Journalism Scholarship
  • George “Mickey” Curry Broadcast Scholarship
  • Dorothy Goodman Scholarship
  • Leah Hickman Memorial Scholarship
  • Sarah Nott Memorial Scholarship
  • John D. Maurice Scholarship
  • Tom D. Miller Scholarship Award for Excellence
  • Jeff Nathan Scholarship
  • Manly Keith Ray Scholarship
  • George T. Rorrer Jr. Memorial Scholarship
  • Julia Sadd Scholarship in Journalism
  • Ernie Salvatore Scholarship
  • Juanita Carpenter Sammons Scholarship
  • Marvin L. Stone Memorial Journalism Scholarship
  • G. Terry Turner Scholarship
  • W. Page Pitt Memorial
  • West Virginia Advertising Federation

The data reported are generated by Marshall University’s Institutional Research and Planning office, by the Banner enrollment management system, by the Assessment Office and by the School of Journalism and Mass Communications.