Communications and journalism jobs may soon see an upswing in hiring, with recent purchases of major newspapers and the ever-growing trend of online media influencing executive decisions.

Two-thirds of journalism graduates from the class of 2012 landed full time jobs within eight months of graduation, a 4 percent increase from 2011 and 10 percent increase from the market's low point in 2009, according to CNN Money.

Positions are expected to continue their growth in the near future with recent purchases of the Washington Post, Boston Globe and Newsweek Magazine by high-profile business figures and the continued rise of digital media.  Overall starting salaries rose by $1,000 last year.

This news comes as media company GateHouse, which owns more than 400 newspapers and even more websites across the nation, announced plans to hire up to 200 new employees in Austin, Texas by the end of 2014, according to the Austin Statesman.

The majority of the roles expected to be filled include copy-editors, page designers and online content creators. Sixty jobs will be created by the end of the year, with the others to be filled through the entire year of 2014.

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