ranked newspaper reporters as the Worst Job for 2013. The ranking was based on a few factors but the low pay, high stress and projected job growth were the major cause of the low ranking.

For years we have seen the decline of the newspaper business and the efforts of large newspaper companies to keep the industry afloat. In the last few years we have witnessed major layoffs at the newspapers, printers and paper producers and increased efforts to establish competitive online publications to represent dying newspapers.

Newspapers have also started using pay-walls to make up for the lost subscriptions they have seen over the last few years. You may have noticed popular newspapers like the Tribune Company (locally affiliated with the Daily Press) have started using pay-walls on specific content. The Daily Press uses a pay-wall for local content.

Like everything else, times change and for many, change is not always welcome. There are still a lot of people that prefer the look and feel of a traditional print newspaper. It may be a generational desire, but as newspapers try to figure out what’s next the newspaper reporter suffers with the anguish of job security.

As students from across the country and here in Hampton Roads prepare to graduate from high school, the journalism programs at well-known universities are changing. The new reality for journalism schools is the obligation to teach the next generation of journalists multiple jobs in the industry so they never find their jobs on the cutting block.

Locally, Hampton University, Old Dominion University and Norfolk State University offer dynamic journalism programs.

Here is a highlight from each program:

HU Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communication – “We prepare our journalism students to be the next generation of reporters, producers, photojournalists and editors. They learn the professional skills and concepts needed to pursue careers across multimedia technologies. Receiving a solid grounding in reporting, editing, ethics, news judgment, layout and design, students also become skilled in digital editing of video and audio while becoming solid journalists.

ODU Department of English – “The English Department is the largest department within the College of Arts and Letters at Old Dominion University. We are dedicated to offering rigorous academic programs that prepare our graduates for advanced study and a range of professions in writing, journalism, analytic fields, linguistics, and teaching. Our courses encourage both the analysis and production of texts, and our degrees have emphases in a number of English fields.

NSU Department of Mass Communication and Journalism – “The mission of the Department of Mass Communications and Journalism is to advance the academic, professional and personal development of undergraduate and graduate students, alumni and media practitioners through select programs of teaching, research and public service that combine strong liberal arts and science studies with professional preparation for the media. The goal of the department is to produce graduates who meet high standards of performance in gathering, selecting, interpreting and disseminating information that may determine the agenda of public discussion.

It is truly interesting to be alive in a time when so much is changing with the newspaper industry. Without a doubt the future of the printed newspaper is limited. This will mean changes for subscribers, publishers, writers and of course, marketers. But, that’s another issue. Be sure to subscribe to the JASE blog for ongoing valuable information for your business.

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