Choosing a Journalism Career among High School Students

By Annemarie Franczyk.

Published by The International Journal of Pedagogy and Curriculum

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Teenagers tend to select potential occupations narrowly, based solely on individual abilities and interests. This assumption was tested in a study of 11 high school students from Buffalo, New York, USA who participated in a college-based journalism workshop. Interviews were conducted with the students regarding their interests in becoming professional journalists. All the participants made decisions regarding journalism careers based on their perceived ability to do the traditional tasks of journalism (i.e., writing and/or speaking professionally). None recognized the impact relatively recent developments such as new media and social media have on a career in journalism. Two students only briefly pondered the potential impacts of the industry's turbulence caused by new media and social media on their intended career. Some key findings and implications for high school administrators, educators and career development counselors are identified and discussed.
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Keywords: Career Choice, High School, Journalism

International Journal of Pedagogy and Curriculum, Volume 19, Issue 3, pp.223-227. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 310.282KB).

Dr. Annemarie Franczyk

Assistant Professor, Communication Department, New York State University College at Buffalo, Buffalo, New York, USA

Dr. Franczyk has been an award-winning journalist for 30 years, during which time she developed a special interest in researching and writing about matters that affect community health. She has a master's degree in health administration and a doctoral degree in health policy, which contributed to her journalistic outlook by deepening her ability to analyze health-care issues. Her research on physical activity and municipal zoning reflects her professional and academic interests in health and a personal interest in urban planning. Dr. Franczyk teaches journalism, including courses that focus on health-care reporting, while maintaining a freelance-writing career.