When I started my career in media, I worked in radio. My first job was a combination of a mid-day on-air shift, which paid minimum wage (about $2.35 an hour) and advertising sales, which paid commission.
The radio station was WKBQ, a daytime AM station outside Raleigh, N.C., that programmed country music and religious programming. Large blocks of airtime were devoted to national programs, like…
“Winds of Change: Whither journalism Education?”, a recent report by the well-respected Freedom Forum, warned that “faculty expertise has diminished increasingly by the hiring of people with no or limited experience as journalists.” According to the report, 17 percent of journalism educators have never worked as fulltime journalists. An additional 47 percent have less than 10 years experience as journalists.
— Statistics from 1995.