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The Effects of Pre-University Study of Journalism on Entry to the Job Market
By Lee B. Becker, Jeong Yeob Han, Donna Wilcox and Tudor Vlad
From Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly

Abstract: Research in the United States has shown that extracurricular activities at the high school level are beneficial for students. One type of extracurricular activity common in U.S. high schools is journalistic, including production of a student newspaper, involvement with student radio and television, and production of a yearbook. Little is known about the lasting effects of participation in high school extracurricular communication activities. This article examines the impact of participation in high school extracurricular communication activities on initial success in the job market, using data from a national sample of journalism and mass communication graduates.


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