Another over-funded field is journalism. Every college around seems to feel obliged to offer courses, but anybody knows that the employment prospects are grim. Education blogger Joanne Jacobs makes some points:
Many of my former San Jose Mercury News colleagues are teaching journalism courses; one is a j-school dean. I’ve wondered: What do you tell students about their job prospects? The reality is: Dim and dimmer.
Blacksmithing is a better bet.
Read all of Jacobs's piece here. It's several posts down by now. Jacobs also leads us to a Huffpo post along the same lines:
If I asked you to pay $70,000 to get ahead in some other glamorous, extremely competitive, fairly non-technical profession — say, modeling — you might call me a charlatan. But journalism has become ensconced as an academic discipline at otherwise respectable institutions. Journalism is connected to a social mission. These are good things for J-school deans. Now that the industry is headed off a cliff — leaving them in charge of vocational schools without a vocation — all they have left is the school's imprimatur, the social mission, and — oh yeah — the glamour that keeps students coming through the door.
You can read the rest of that here.
and then there's an article by Lauren Streib in Forbes:
The Pew Research Center estimates 5,000 newspaper jobs were lost in 2008. Since 2001, more than 10,000 newspaper journalists have lost work, leaving the total count of those still employed at 47,000 nationwide. It's getting worse, fast. Erica Smith, who runs the online layoff tracker Paper Cuts, counts nearly 7,500 newsroom jobs lost so far this year.
And you can read all of that here.
The Vicad mgmt announced a little while back that they were underwriting a professor at UH-V in – get this – print journalism and some kind of ethnic studies. Have you ever heard of any jobs in __________ studies? I suppose there are a few every year for people to teach more __________ studies at some other school. And print journalism … well, the Advocate laid off and cut pay just a couple months ago. Wonder how people feel about having their pay cut and then learning that the paper was giving money to ostensibly educate more print journalists? Tsk, tsk, seems profoundly goofy to me.