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A “degree of despair” for journalists?
The Guardian Monday 20th April 2009
The Guardian Media supplement today dedicates its front page to the “degree of despair” that is blighting the new generation of fledgling journalists. It reports on the bleak employment prospects that this year’s journalism graduates are facing as media companies across the board continue to cut back on training and recruitment budgets in the name of economic prudence.
As more and more regional newspapers close, the competition for jobs has intensified still further. Many recently-redundant, experienced journalists are now finding themselves vying for employment positions with the very graduates that they ought to be mentoring and training.
Yet despite the scarcity of job opportunities within the industry, colleges and universities have continued to accept increasing numbers of journalism students, producing each year a multitude of highly trained, eager journalists who have extremely limited employment options.
“People are trying to stay optimistic but they are wondering ‘What are we going to do?’ We are ready and raring to go, we have the multimedia skills”. Hannah Waldram, postgraduate student, Cardiff Centre for Journalism
The National Union of Journalists has voiced concern that this over-abundance of labour will only exacerbate the existing culture of long-term, unpaid work experience schemes that has proliferated within the media industries in recent years.
Many media companies have admitted to keeping recently received job applications on file in the hope that, before long, they will be in a position to begin hiring again. Until that point, it seems the skills of thousands of new and exisiting journalists and writers are destined to go to waste, their economic potential unfulfilled.
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