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Demand for journalism courses still high

Published: Wednesday, 18 February 2009   Category: Life after graduation

Expectation of a graduate job in journalism is still high judging by figures for degree applications released by university admissions service Ucas.

The number of applications for journalism courses in 2009 has risen by 24 per cent compared to the previous year, with 12,923 youngsters hoping to get on a writing course and to graduate in 2012 or 2013.

Degrees in journalism or closely-related subjects stand at 774 in the UK, which shows optimism for graduate recruitment in years to come.

Chief executive of Ucas Anthony McClaran said: "There has been considerable speculation about the effect of current economic conditions on applications for higher education but these figures give some assurance that demand remains strong."

The UK print media industry is looking for help from the government in order to secure future employment, which would include graduate jobs, after Nicolas Sarkozy bailed out the French press with €600 million (£565 million).

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