Applicants for undergraduate journalism degrees have risen by 1.4pc this year, after a fall of almost 20pc in 2012.
The number of applications from aspiring journalists for courses starting this autumn rose slightly to 14,820, according to the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service.
It follows a 19.4pc drop in the number of applicants for full-time undergraduate journalism courses last year from the 2011 high of 18,129 to 14,609.
The fall was thought to be partly down to the rise in tuition fees to a maximum of £9,000 having previously been capped at £3,000.
UCAS has reported a rise of 3.5pc overall for applications in all subjects before its 15 January deadline, after reporting a 7.4pc decline in applicants a year ago.
Chief executive Mary Curnock Cook said: “This is an encouraging report, with no double-dip for applications and continuing improvements for disadvantaged groups. Young people from disadvantaged backgrounds are 80pc more likely to apply than a decade ago.”
Joanne Butcher, chief executive at the National Council for the Training of Journalists, said: “While overall applications to undergraduate journalism courses may be below the average, NCTJ-accredited courses I have visited recently are reporting high numbers of applications and appear to be bucking this trend.
“When I spoke at the Society of Editors’ Conference last year I highlighted the scandal of young people completing expensive courses that do not provide them with the qualifications sought by employers or equip them with the skills required to work in journalism.
“With the rise in tuition fees, students are becoming more discerning and NCTJ-accreditation and qualifications are more important than ever.
“The NCTJ also continues to support alternative routes into journalism careers and young people have the option of studying fast-track and academic year courses at colleges and independent providers as well as the new foundation courses and apprenticeships which are being introduced this year.”
At the SoE conference last November, a survey into journalism training was published and showed editors believed there were too many courses for the number of jobs available.
The survey by the SoE showed more than three-quarters of those who responded said they thought an undergraduate degree was not essential to be a journalist.
At the time, Joanne said: “It is a disgrace to see so many young people completing expensive courses and passing bogus qualifications that just don’t provide them with the vocational skills they need to get jobs or qualifications that editors have any faith in. We owe it to them to expose this scandal.”