Every year the University of Georgia takes a survey concerning
the state of the press and journalism education—including enrollment statistics
and information about other trends at prominent journalism colleges across the
country. The University of Georgia’s 2014 report concluded that enrollment in
journalism, telecommunications, and PR departments across the country were
trending downward. According to the survey, enrollment was down almost 10
percent at the University of Missouri from 2011 to 2013, down over 30 percent
over a span of five years at Columbia College, and down nearly 20 percent over
the same five-year span at Indiana University’s journalism department.
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 2016.