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NEWS BRIEFS

Experience the Culture at the Second Annual Pan African Festival of Oregon

Event will take place from 12 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. August 11 ...

Oregon Humane Society Photo Contest Now Open

Submissions for annual pet photo contest open until August 15 ...

Mark Christopher Lawrence to Perform at Harvey’s Comedy Club July 13-15

Former Big Mike of “Chuck” will perform at 7:30 and 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 7:30 Sunday ...

Dragon Fest 2018

Lions, dragons and breakdancers descend on Seattle’s Chinatown-International District for the Pacific Northwest’s largest...

Deadly fire shuts down key route to Yosemite National Park

MARIPOSA, Calif. (AP) — A wildfire that killed a California firefighter grew quickly and forced the closure of a key route into Yosemite National Park as crews contended with sweltering conditions Sunday, authorities said.The so-called Ferguson Fire that broke out Friday scorched nearly 7...

Vancouver dog parks at risk of closing over safety issues

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — An organization that builds and maintains off-leash dog parks in southwestern Washington state says it could be forced to close the parks unless safety concerns are addressed.KATU-TV reports the nonprofit Dogpaw might close down its four Vancouver-area parks after at...

Prime time: A day of deals at Amazon, and at its rivals

NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon is extending its annual "Prime Day" promotion to 36 hours this year and will try to lure more deal-seekers to the aisles of Whole Foods. Shoppers will have plenty of sales to choose from as other retailers offer promotions to try to take a share of the spending.This...

AP Analysis: Billionaires fuel powerful state charter groups

SEATTLE (AP) — Dollar for dollar, the beleaguered movement to bring charter schools to Washington state has had no bigger champion than billionaire Bill Gates.The Microsoft co-founder gave millions of dollars to see a charter school law approved despite multiple failed ballot referendums....

OPINION

A Letter from America’s Children

American children struggling with poverty, violence and homelessness, deserve media coverage, too ...

Rep. Maxine Waters Takes Strong Stand for Fair Housing

Congresswoman Maxine Waters recently stepped up to file legislation designed to cure many of regressive ills pushed by Secretary Carson ...

10 Indoor Plants Every Pet Lover Must Have

Dr. Jasmine Streeter shares her tips on stress-busting plants ...

NAACP Statement on Nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court

NAACP opposes Kavanaugh's confirmation to the D.C. Circuit ...

AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

South African white enclave tests e-currency to stand apart

ORANIA, South Africa (AP) — The white Afrikaner community that famously sprang up in a sparsely populated corner of South Africa at the end of apartheid is now testing a digital currency that could reinforce its sense of independence.Some residents of the town of Orania, population 1,600,...

Vive la France! And a lot of other nations, too

MOSCOW (AP) — Antoine Griezmann's father emigrated from Germany, and the France forward's mother is of Portuguese descent.Paul Pogba's parents arrived from Guinea.Kylian Mbappe's dad is from Cameroon, his mom Algerian.Immigrants, sons of immigrants and grandsons of immigrants bonded together...

DC Police: Author of anti-Semitic flyers won't be charged

WASHINGTON (AP) — Police say they've identified the person leaving anti-Semitic flyers around Washington, but will not pursue a criminal investigation.Metropolitan Police Department spokeswoman Karimah Bilal tells The Washington Post that the flyers are protected by the First Amendment and...

ENTERTAINMENT

Rapper buys every seat in house, takes strangers to movies

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Maine rapper surprised moviegoers with free tickets to a sci-fi satire movie.Rory Ferreira, who goes by the stage name Milo, bought all 129 seats to the 4:20 p.m. showing of the movie "Sorry to Bother You" at the Nickelodeon in Portland, Maine, on Saturday. The...

Review: Sacha Baron Cohen back with old style, same results

NEW YORK (AP) — The provocateur Sacha Baron Cohen has rebooted his ambush chat show and before any judgment is made about the wisdom of that decision, you have to admire the sheer perseverance of not only the host but also his so-called guests.Fifteen years after the British comedian leapt...

Nancy Sinatra Sr., first wife of Frank Sinatra, dies at 101

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Nancy Sinatra Sr., the childhood sweetheart of Frank Sinatra who became the first of his four wives and the mother of his three children, has died. She was 101.Her daughter, Nancy Sinatra Jr., tweeted that her mother died Friday and a posting on her web page said she died...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

World Cup afterglow lifts up conflicted France

PARIS (AP) — World Cup, World Cup and more World Cup — that's all France is talking about."Eternal...

Prime time: A day of deals at Amazon, and at its rivals

NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon is extending its annual "Prime Day" promotion to 36 hours this year and will try to...

In TV interview, Trump says queen called Brexit 'complex'

LONDON (AP) — President Donald Trump has told a British TV interviewer that Queen Elizabeth II told him...

Cease-fire holds after day of intense Israel-Hamas fighting

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli military lifted its restrictions along the Gaza border Sunday, indicating it...

Russia on a high as World Cup wraps; Putin's problems remain

MOSCOW (AP) — Despite a national wave of elation from the World Cup that bathed Russia in a rosy light,...

Trump wins sympathy from Russian media ahead of summit

MOSCOW (AP) — U.S. President Donald Trump is no fan of American journalists, but he might love what the...

Wenqian Zhu CNN Money

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- Jobs for journalists are on the upswing.

That's good news for an industry in upheaval. Just this month, there's been a flurry of deals involving struggling marquee American publications. Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos bought The Washington Post, Red Sox owner John Henry purchased The Boston Globe, and Newsweek was bought by a digital news company IBT Media. Job cuts had been common at all three publications in recent years.

Now, a new survey from the University of Georgia shows that the tide may be turning for journalism graduates. About 66% of 2012 journalism graduates landed a full-time job roughly six to eight months after graduation, up from 62% in 2011. It was a also a big jump from 56% in 2009, during the depths of the recession, when the number of graduates that landed a job was at the lowest point in two decades .

"Employers might be shedding senior-level jobs, but there's always pressure to hire entry-level jobs," said Lee Becker, professor of journalism at the University of Georgia and co-author of the report. Becker said the number of jobs might also be rising because of the increase in start-up online publications.

Journalism graduates have faced a tough market in recent years. The effect of the recession was exacerbated by the dramatic shifts in the industry.

The rise in digital media and the different ways in how people consume news and entertainment, via their smartphones and tablets, has led to a decline in newspaper and magazine circulation. Thousands of newsroom jobs have been slashed at both large and small publications.

In keeping with these changes, journalists who work at online publications are now starting to command top salaries, whereas magazine and radio reporters' pay is below the industry average, the survey found.

Overall, salaries have also been rising. The median annual starting salary climbed to $32,000 in 2012, from $31,000 in 2011.

But it's not yet time to pop the champagne.

Journalists' salaries are a lot lower than the median annual salary of $42,666 for all 2012 graduates, according to the National Association of Colleges and Employers.

That's not too different from how it's been historically, because people are attracted to the glamor of a journalist's job, rather than the pay.

"Being a journalist is more of a calling than a job," said William McKeen, chairman of the journalism department at Boston University College of Communication.

Other firms are also noticing the uptick. Job postings for journalists are up about 30% since 2009, according to Joseph Jaccom, U.S. job manager at Gorkana, a media intelligence firm.

Still, it's not enough to take away the anxiety over jobs for journalism students. Rachel Gross, a graduate student at Medill School of Journalism, Northwestern University, will graduate this December. She has some solid credentials -- she interned at Wired magazine and freelanced for The New York Times Bay Area.

But Gross is mentally preparing herself for a career that might not be as steady.

"I'm freelancing now and would like to keep freelancing after I graduate," Gross said. "It will be great if I do get a full-time job."

 

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