Mary Jane Pardue, a professor of journalism at Missouri State University, conducted a follow-up on a 2002 study that explored the readiness of graduating journalism students to cover business news by surveying business editors at the nation’s top daily newspapers.
Pardue’s study asked business editors to rate how prepared journalism graduates were to cover business news beats and whether journalism majors should be required to take a basic accounting course. The results from the 2002 study to the 2012 study regarding preparedness, indicate an increase over the 10-year period showing there may be a slight improvement in the training journalism students receive at universities today, despite the overall majority rating students as “moderately unprepared.” The study also indicated strong agreement that basic accounting courses should be part of the journalism curriculum.
Pardue determined that preparing future journalists for the newsroom begins with changes in the university journalism curriculum.
Pardue, Mary Jane. “Most Business Editors Find Journalism Graduates Still Unprepared.” Journalism & Mass Communication Educator, vol. 69, no. 1, Mar. 2014, pp. 49–60. Communication & Mass Media Complete, EBSCOhost, https://doi.org/10.1177/1077695813506989. Accessed 30 Oct. 2022.