Facts and Stats
W. Page Pitt School of Journalism and Mass Communications
Journalism, reporting and mass communications are industries in flux. Technology has changed the way information and news stories are collected, written and disseminated. Innovations have revised, recharged and revitalized the media landscape, and students in the W. Page Pitt School of Journalism and Mass Communications are preparing to meet expanding new challenges and opportunities.
- Did you know the communications industry is projected to be the eighth fastest-growing and fourth largest U.S. economic component by 2015?
- Did you know the communications industry is projected to reach more than $1.4 trillion by 2015?
- Did you know that segments such as consumer Internet and mobile services, public relations/marketing and broadcast television were expected to outperform gross domestic product performance in 2012?
From Veronis Suhler Stevenson Communications Industry Forecast
In Bland, D. (2013, Spring). Mass communications programs must better adapt to changing professional world. ASJMC Insights, p. 15.
Read about the coming golden age of mass communications. http://www.businessinsider.com/a-golden-age-for-journalism-2013-8
W. Page Pitt School of Journalism and Mass Communications Facts
Incoming freshmen may declare a major in one of the seven journalism and mass communications fields offered in the unit. Conditionally admitted students may not declare a major immediately and sometimes account for an influx of additional majors in the sophomore year.
|Radio/Television Production & Management||29||34||35||27||17|
|Undecided Journalism & Mass Communications||37||30||18||14||10|
* Complete figures have not yet been calculated for fall 2014.
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, and they are often the highest in the institution.
|Retained . . .|
|Entering cohort||to second year||to third year||to fourth year|
** Data not yet available
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.
|Graduated||Graduated in . . .|
|Entering cohort||< 4 years||4 years||5 years||6 years|
*** A number of students who entered the program in 2008 or later may still be in the pipeline and making progress toward graduation. The percentages at this point are very likely incomplete and may increase as the remaining students in a cohort matriculate.
Graduation by major
*****The sports major launched in 2010.
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. The data reflect employment and plans for continuing education immediately upon graduation, and employment upon five years after graduation. On average, about one quarter of the school’s graduates continue employment in a job they originally had as an intern.
The following scholarship opportunities are offered to declared majors through the W. Page Pitt School of Journalism and Mass Communications.
Tom D. Miller Scholarship Award for Excellence
Dorothy Goodman Scholarship
Dr. Charles G. Bailey Scholarship for SOJMC
W. Page Pitt Memorial
George R. Andrick-WSAZ-TV
Margie Crabtree Coltrane-Journalism
Estelle Margaret Belanger
James E. Casto Journalism Scholarship
Ezra Cochran Scholarship
Leah Hickman Memorial Scholarship
Ernie Salvatore Scholarship
Arnold-Turner Journalism Scholarship
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.