Typical Journalist Is 41-Year-Old White Male

By: Mark Fitzgerald

The typical U.S. journalist is a 41-year-old white man who makes $43,600, has a college degree but didn’t major in journalism, and is more likely to vote Democratic than Republican, according to “The American Journalist in the 21st Century.”

This latest profile, conducted by five faculty members of the Indiana University School of Journalism, brings up-to-date surveys conducted every decade, starting in 1971. Since the 1992 survey, the median age of journalists has increased five years and median pay has risen 39.3%. About a third of all journalists are women, a proportion unchanged since 1982. And while 90% of journalists have college degrees, only 36.2% majored in journalism.

For more information, visit http://newsinfo.iu.edu/news/page/normal/895.html.

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