Facts and Stats

“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

“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

“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.”

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

“There are jobs in journalism, just not traditional ones.”

The Conversation
Online at theconversation.com/

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 73% 70% 58%
2006 80% 77% 69%
2007 75% 61% 61%
2008 76% 63% 61%
2009 82% 73% 73%
2010 70% 66% 57%
2011 80% 76% 72%
2012 90% 83% 75%
2013 85% 71% 69%
2014 79% 64% 62%
2015 81%  74%  71%
2016  85% 77.55% 59%
2017 73% 61% 77%
2018 61% 58% *
2019 54%*** * *
2020 * * *

* Data not yet available
*** Reflects COVID-19 effects

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 73% 3% 29% 26% 15%
2007 56% 1% 29% 18% 8%
2008 53% 6% 18% 19% 10%
2009 69% 2% 30% 27% 10%
2010 86% 2% 48% 25% 11%
2011 66% 8% 39% 14% 5%
2012** 90% 4% 49% 36% 1%
2013** 64% 3% 48% 10% 3%
2014** 71% 20% 37% 14% 9%
2015** 88% 31% 43% 19% to come
2016** 63% 19% 44% to come to come
2017** to come 37% to come to come to come
2018** to come 7% 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.

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
  • SOJMC Estelle Margaret Belanger Scholarship
  • James E. Casto Journalism Scholarship
  • Ezra Cochran Scholarship
  • Margie Crabtree Coltrane-Journalism Scholarship
  • George “Mickey” Curry Broadcast Scholarship
  • Angelene Battlo Footo Memorial
  • Dorothy Goodman Scholarship
  • Leah Hickman Memorial Scholarship
  • John H. Houvouras Scholarship for Journalism
  • C. Bosworth “Bos” Johnson Scholarship
  • The Marcum Family Scholarship
  • John D. Maurice Scholarship
  • Tom D. Miller Scholarship Award for Excellence
  • Jeff Nathan Scholarship
  • Sarah Nott Memorial 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.

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