M.A. (Master of Arts)
Department of Journalism
Journalism--Study and teaching; Newspapers--Illinois
The purpose of this study was to determine the employment processes said expectations of daily newspapers with email and intermediate circulations in the state of Illinois. The study attempted to indicate a model of the type of journalism graduate an editor would like to hire. The methodology included the construction of a questionnaire, the mailing of the questionnaire, the compiling of essay-type answers, the rating and scoring of Likert scale responses and the reporting of information in tables and narrative form. The survey was limited to daily newspapers in Illinois with small and intermediate circulations. Small circulation newspapers were those with circulations less than 30,000. Intermediate newspapers had distributions more than 30,000. Metropolitan newspapers were omitted from this study because of the plethora of information already available on their hiring processes. The responses of small and intermediate newspapers were compared to show trends according to the category of newspaper. The findings support literature indicating that job openings are infrequent at this time. However, of those hired the number of recent journalism graduates was slightly higher than that of persons with prior professional experience. Many of the recent graduates hired by intermediate circulation newspapers had short-term experience as a newspaper intern. Both categories of newspapers looked for the same attributes in applicants. The model applicant would have a commitment to newspapering and be hard-working. He would be able to work easily with other staff members and sources. The applicant would have some type of experience--as a college newspaper reporter, as a writer for the college yearbook, as a stringer, as a freelance writer, as a writer for the community newspaper, as a writer for the neighborhood shopper or as an intern. He would have clipping that demonstrated his ability to write different types of stories. The applicant would have a broad educational background, possibly with an emphasis in a discipline unrelated to journalism. The applicant would also need to have good language skills, knowledge of the community and a good appearance. This study also indicates a discrepancy. Newspapers indicated they were hiring the best journalism graduates they could find. However, in rating the graduates on the Likert scale, the editors gave them low ratings. This indicates that the newspapers are not satisfied with the quality of journalism education. If the best graduates are receiving low ratings, it would seem that there is little consistency between the expectations of editors and educators. Intermediate newspaper respondents were dissatisfied with reporting skills of journalism graduates. Small newspapers were dissatisfied with the lack of versatility of graduates. Small newspapers indicated reporting skills were above average, but all other skills were below average. ...
Carroll, Sharon M., "Employment practices and expectations of Illinois daily newspapers" (1975). Graduate Research Theses & Dissertations. 2868.
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