Today even a toll road, such as Pocahontas 895 in Richmond, Va., has its own publicist, reports The New York Times. Therefore, it should come as no surprise that jobs in the field of public relations (PR) are expected to grow by 24 percent between 2011 and 2018. The Times article features Mary Ellin Arch, who at age 51 was laid off from The Richmond Times-Dispatch and made a career change from journalist to public relations. She is now spokeswoman for Pocahontas 895.
With fewer journalism job opportunities available as many newspapers have either gone out of business or downsized greatly, many journalists have migrated to either into some form of online publishing or into the field of PR. Fewer jobs in journalism mean that many college students with a passion for the written word are now majoring in communications as opposed to journalism.