A sub-set of the mass communication field, journalism requires aspirants to gather, create, evaluate, and finally present news or other information to the audience. Unlike earlier times, the reach of this field isn’t limited to print media alone and so, today a journalist can work at firms dealing with newspapers, magazines, radio, television and even the world wide web.
Aspirants can pursue a course in journalism right after their Class 12 or even consider specialising in this field at the graduation level. After pursuing a course in Journalism, one can become a journalist.
Some popular UG level courses in journalism include BA in Journalism, BA in Journalism and Mass Communication, BA in Hindu Journalism, BA in Film, Television and New Media Production and the likes. On the other hand, popular courses one can study at the PG level are MA Journalism, MA in Journalism and Mass Communication, Post Graduate Diploma in Communication and Journalism etc.
Popular colleges for Journalism by location
Required Skillset for Journalism
Journalism is an extremely demanding profession and it requires aspirants to be at the top of their game at all times. Some key skills that an individual should possess so as to be successful in the field of journalism are:
|General awareness||Keen observer|
|Inquisitive||Good perception and interest in details|
|Good judgement||Clear headed|
|Self-motivated||Fluent in language|
|Creative||Ability to work on strict deadlines|
Journalism Eligibility Criteria
Students from any stream (Arts/Commerce/Science) can opt to pursue a course in journalism.
Most colleges/universities that offer journalism as a course specify that candidates will be considered eligible to apply for admissions if they have cleared their 10+2 from a recognised institute with a minimum aggregate of 50%. Apart from the above mentioned eligibility criteria, many colleges even specify that candidates will be considered for admission if they score at least 75% in English/Hindi depending on the medium in which they want to pursue the course.
In order to pursue a journalism course at the PG level candidates should have completed their graduation degree with passing marks. Although candidates from any stream can apply for a PG level course but most popular colleges prefer journalism graduates for a PG level course in this field.
Course Curriculum for Journalism
The subjects taught in a Journalism course may vary from college to college. Also, the curriculum for a PG level journalism course may vary from a UG level course in the depth and variety of topics covered. However, some common topics that aspirants have to study in a Journalism course are as mentioned below:
|Communication: Concept and Process||History of Press, Laws and Ethics|
|Reporting: Concept and Process||Editing: Concept and Process|
|Development Journalism||New Media and Cyber Journalism|
Popular UG courses in journalism along with their course curriculum is listed below:
|Journalism Course Curriculum for UG Courses|
|Bachelor of Journalism and Mass Communication||Writing for MediaSocio-Economic & Political ScenarioIntroduction to CommunicationBasics of Design & GraphicsHistory of Print & Broadcasting in IndiaPrint JournalismMedia Laws & EthicsStill PhotographyDevelopment & CommunicationRadio Journalism & ProductionBasics of Camera, Lights & SoundTelevision Journalism & ProductionPublic RelationsNew MediaAdvertising PracticesEvent Management: Principles & MethodMedia ResearchMedia Organisation & ManagementGlobal Media Scenario|
|Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Journalism||Communication anti Mass Communication: concept and processHistory of Communication MediaIntroduction to JournalismIndian State and Democratic PolityIndian Business and EconomicsMedia and Cultural StudiesIT and Online JournalismReporting and Editing for PrintBroadcast JournalismInternational PoliticsMedia Laws and EthicsPrint Journalism and ProductionDevelopment Communication and Rural JournalismInternational Media Scenario|
Aspirants can also develop an idea of the different courses that they can study in the mass communication field by going through the article mentioned here – Mass Communication: UG courses one can study. Further, candidates can view the syllabus of PG level courses offered in the field of Journalim below:
|Journalism Course Curriculum for UG Courses|
|MA in Journalism and Mass Communication||Foreign Languages IIntroduction to Mass CommunicationPrint Journalism – Reporting & EditingRadio I Structure and WorkingIntroduction to TV JournalismBasic PhotographyPublic RelationsFilm History and TheoryThe Indian Political SystemBehavioral Science – ICommunication Skill – IForeign Languages IIRadio II – Programming and SchedulingTV Journalism: Content Development and PackagingFilm Script writing and ProductionNew MediaAdvertising Concepts and PrinciplesEvent ManagementMedia EthicsSociety and EconomyAccelerator – Media Software IAccelerator – Media Software IIAccelerator – Media Software IIIAccelerator – Media Software IVBehavioral Science-IICommunication Skill -IIForeign Languages IIIRecording and Editing Techniques for TVMedia Software-I: Quark Xpress, Adobe PhotoshopMedia Software -II: Dreamweaver, Adobe FlashAdvanced PhotographyFilm Direction and CinematographyMedia LawSocial MediaPrint, Web and Advertising DesignInternship / ProjectBehavioral Science IIICommunication Skills IIIScript WritingForeign Languages IVMedia Arts-IV Cyber MediaMedia AnalysisInternship or DissertationBehavioural ScienceCommunication Skills|
|MA Journalism||Print JournalismRadio JournalismTV JournalismOnline JournalismPhotojournalismEnglish for Communication|
|MA Convergent Journalism||Print JournalismPhotojournalismIntroduction to RadioMass Communication Theoretical AspectsMass Media Law and EthicsIndustry InterfaceOnline ReportingIntroduction to VideoRadio JournalismPrint and Photo Journalism ProductionTelevision JournalismMultimedia JournalismBroadcast ProductionResearch MethodsContemporary India and the WorldMedia Management and EntrepreneurshipBeat ReportingDevelopment JournalismPublic Relations and Corporate Communication|
|MA Broadcast Journalism||Introduction to Mass Media and SocietyIntroduction to Audio- Visual MediaGrowth and Development of MediaPhotographic CommunicationSpecialised ReportingBroadcast News Production (Radio & TV)Broadcast Media TechnologyMedia Analysis and CriticismNew Media and Digital StorytellingPhoto JournalismProfessional DevelopmentDevelopment JournalismCommunication Research and MethodsIntroduction to Film: Form, Content, NarrativeBroadcast Media Management ad OperationsLifestyle and Travel JournalismPolitical CommunicationMultimedia Journalism and Content ManagementGlobal Media, Politics and EconomicsBusiness and Finance Journalism|
Apart from the above mentioned UG and PG Journalism courses, candidates can also pursue Diploma and Certificate courses in Journalism. The course curriculum of such courses is listed below:
|Journalism Course Curriculum for Diploma & Certificate Courses|
|Diploma in Broadcast Journalism||Researching NewsBroadcast JournalismLaw for JournalistsEthics and RegulationPower and SocietyAdvanced Broadcast JournalismGlobal JournalismCensorship and the MediaJournalism, Politics and Public DebateNews and Civil SocietyJournalism and DemocracyPropaganda, Media and Conflict in a Changing WorldOnline Journalism StudiesResearching Social Media|
|Bachelor of Science in Video Editing||Communication theoryDigital mediaDigital video editingAudio productionVideo scriptingPostproductionVideo filmmakingVideo productionNon-linear editing|
|Diploma in Journalism||Communication: Concepts and ProcessesHistory of Press, Laws and EthicsReporting: Concepts and ProcessesEditing: Concepts and ProcessesDevelopment JournalismNew Media Journalism|
|Certificate Course in Journalism||Introduction to JournalismJournalists and the lawUse of languageNews reportingWriting for newslettersFeature WritingHow the media worksSourcing the NewsInterviewing techniquesColour writing|
|Certificate Course in Journalism and Mass Communication||History of Newspaper BusinessJournalism Basics/EthicsBusiness Structure and Current SituationPublic Relation, Type of Media and AdvertisementNewspaper WritingNews Associations & AgencyReporting|
Journalism Job Profiles & Top Recruiters
Any aspirant wanting to join the field of journalism needs to have a nose for news. Some of the popular job profiles that candidates can hope to join in the journalism field are:
|Reporters||In such a job profile one needs to research all possible story topics as well as angles and thereafter interview people to gather the required information. Once all the required information is received reporters either write scripts for radio and television broadcast or news stories for print or online publication.|
|Desk Writers||This is usually an entry level job in a journalistic set up. Desk writers are tasked with the responsibility of providing editorial content like news reports, reviews as well as features. The difference between the job profile of a reporter and a desk writer is that a reporter has to travel to collect information for a story/ news piece but a desk writer’s job is office based.|
|Editors||In this job profile one needs to acquire news insights and thereafter assign stories to reporters as well as desk writers. After the story has been filed by the person concerned, an editor goes through the entire content piece and edits it to meet the organisation standards.|
|Technical Writer||In such a job profile an individual has to collate, compile and compose clear as well as coherent technical information. A technical writer is expected to write on highly specialised fields like commercial products and services, industrial products and services as well as write instruction manuals for users.|
|Journalist||In this job profile an individual is expected to work under different beats such as Politics, Sports, Crime, Education, Entertainment etc. A Journalist is expected to research, write, and present the events/ news in an honest, unbiased and ethical way.|
Candidates can view the list of other mass communication job profiles here.
Some of the popular media companies that hire journalism graduates are – Times of India, Hindustan Times, India Today, The Pioneer, The Hindu, Malayala Manorama, Outlook, Zee Network and the likes. Know top companies that hire mass communication graduates.