Partially because of this dip in enrollment, several colleges,
including Indiana University, have even had to combine their journalism,
communications, television/radio, film studies departments into one school—not
unlike what April Moss has had to do at Pike High School in Indianapolis.
According to the most recent statistics available, enrollment in the journalism
department at Indiana University-Bloomington had dropped 9 percent from 2015 to
Other well-known programs are also facing decreasing
enrollment numbers in recent years. According to a University of Missouri enrollment
report, freshman enrollment in the school’s journalism track dropped nearly 20
percent from 2015 to 2016. The freshman class isn’t the only class affected
either. According to their most recent enrollment summary, overall
undergraduate enrollment in the department is also down. When you combine
freshman, sophomores, juniors and seniors, the total loss in enrollment between
2015 and 2016 dropped over 30 percent.
However, it’s important to note that there hasn’t bad
news for journalism departments everywhere. Several journalism programs have
been growing, and a few schools have even added journalism courses that had
never offered them before or have not offered them for decades. For example,
mostly due to the high level of student interest, the University of
California-Berkeley recently began holding undergraduate journalism courses
again—an offering which hasn’t existed for almost 30 years.