Journalism

Introduction

journalismJournalism is one of the fastest emerging career fields among the today’s young generation. “The pen is all time powerful than the sword”. This is one of the basics of journalism. In today’s world, people want to be aware all about the activities in the country, if it is about politics, celebrities, science and culture of India or from international affairs.

Journalism is a proper way of communication between the news and the people. Journalism is basically depends on the principle of truth, editorial independence and disclosure. By the growing trend of media and technology, the people are being in touch through the radio, television, mobile, social media and the internet by the great efforts of the mass media.

Journalism is spreading the information and communicating through the emerging technology and the journalist is playing the vital role in this practice. A journalist covers the information about the business, culture, politics, arts, economics, history, entertainment and sports.

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These days, the young generation is moving towards the professional courses in journalism. If you are bold, hard-working, talkative and talented, the career of journalism will suit you and you may have good future ahead.

There are so many events happening in around the world and we can see all stuff from our home. You know why? Because, mass media is providing the information to the large crowd at the same time, but, someone would have collected the information from the event site, this is the main role of a journalist.

Courses

Several Indian universities and college offers the graduate degree courses in journalism and mass media. Some private institution also offers the diploma courses in journalism. These are professional courses and can be pursued after the completion of 12th class.

If you have flair to writing, you may join the professional programme to sharpen your career in this field. You may pursue the courses in journalism or mass communication if any of subjects you had in 12th standard.

  • B.A. with Journalism – 3 yrs
  • Bachelor in Journalism (B.J) – 3 yrs
  • Bachelor in Journalism and Mass Communication (BJMC) – 3 yrs
  • B.A. with Mass Media – 3 yrs
  • B.A. in script writing – 3 yrs
  • BA in Convergent Journalism
  • BA in Journalism and Communication Studies
  • B.Sc in Mass Communication and Journalism
  • B.Sc in Mass Communication, Journalism and Advertising
  • Bachelor in Media Science
  • Diploma in Journalism & Mass Communication (DJMC) – 2 yrs
  • Diploma in Journalism (DJ) – 1 yr
  • MA in Convergent Journalism
  • MA in Broadcast Journalism
  • MA in Journalism & Mass Communication
  • MA in Journalism
  • M.Sc in Mass Communication, Advertising & Journalism

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Arts & Humanities Courses

“After completing a master course in this field, you can also opt Ph.D (Journalism and Mass Communication) programme”.

Admission

For admission in journalism courses, the candidate must have the 12th pass in any stream. There are some entrance exams conducted by some private universities for admission to their diploma and degree level journalism courses, Indian institute of mass communication (IIMC) is a government institute under Ministry of information and broadcasting (MIC) conducts entrance exam for diploma and PG diploma courses.

The skills that required in the candidate for the admission in these courses are alertness, investigative mind, tolerate of difficult situation, English language proficiency, good communication skill, enthusiasm, confidence, patience, view on fact and fiction in-depth knowledge in culture and current affairs.

Some top colleges to pursue journalism courses are mentioned here:

  • Indian Institute of Journalism and New Media (IIJNM), Bangalore
  • Symbiosis Institute of Mass Communication (SIMC), Pune
  • Indian Institute of Mass Communication (IIMC), New Delhi
  • Mudra Institute of Communications (MICA), Ahmedabad
  • Asian College of Journalism, Chennai
  • Xavier Institute of Communication (XIC), Mumbai

Career

“There are ample of job opportunities are available in the field of Journalism”.

The career options in the field of journalism are bifurcated into two divisions as the following:

  • Print journalism
  • Electronic journalism

The print journalism involves the newspaper, magazines, journal, digests and text print media agencies. The electronic media involves the TV, internet and radio. The web journalism is one of the fastest growing divisions of journalism and is very effective that connect the word at the same time.

There is the best career opportunity in journalism field. From the last 15-20 yrs, the world of journalism or media has been changed thoroughly. Now, the involvement of social media and internet network has brought the flood of jobs and opportunities in this field.

The news channels are mushrooming in India at very fast rate. The number of the blogs is increasing day by day and in the same proportion the demand of professional in media and journalism is growing.

Job profiles in the field of print journalism are as the following:

  • Newspapers
  • Associate Editor
  • Sub-editor
  • Editor
  • Proof Reader
  • Reporter
  • Correspondent/Special reporter
  • Writer
  • Feature writer
  • Leader writer
  • Columnist
  • Critic
  • Photojournalist
  • Cartoonist

Job profiles in the field of electronic journalism are as the following:

  • Researchers
  • Production Workers
  • Floor Managers
  • Transmission Executives
  • Reporters
  • Sound technicians
  • Camera workers
  • Presenters

Salary

At very initial level, the candidate will get the salary of 5000 – 10000 per month. After getting experience in hand, he/she may get the Rs. 15,000 – Rs. 25,000 per month. Many times the remuneration is depends on the reputation, status and salary policy of the organization. An expert having sound experience and good platform may earn the Rs. 50,000 – Rs. 1,00,000 per month.

Top Recruiters

  • NDTV Network
  • Hindustan Times Group of Publication
  • Zee TV Network
  • Viacom
  • Times of India Publication Group
  • BBC
  • Big Entertainment
  • TV 18 Groups

Books & Study Materials

Choosing right books for studies helps a lot in your education. Here we have listed some books which can be very helpful to study journalism and its facts:

  • The Collected Essays, Journalism and Letters, Volume II (2000) By George Orwell
  • The Associated Press Stylebook and Briefing on Media Law by Associated Press
  • The New New Journalism by Robert S. Boynton
  • The Elements of Journalism by Bill Kovach and Tom Rosenstiel
  • The News about the News by Leonard Downie, Jr. and Robert G. Kaiser
  • How to Write Articles for Newspapers & Magazines by Arco
  • The Newspaper Designer’s Handbook by Tim Harrower

For any other queries about Journalism, you may leave your queries below in the comment box.

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  1. Ashwini singh says:

    Plzz suggest me which exam wil good for me after 12th for bjmc

  2. Hauliansamte says:

    Sir,
    With due respected I like to know the strem which one will be the best to go aheat for my dream (journalist).
    I had finished class XII in Commerce’s strem, in BA I had political science honour. Now I am looking addmision for M.A. So plise can you tell me the perfact guiding for my career.
    Moreover, i have to option two option: 1. Change my stram i.e. English.
    2. Go aheat with my honour.
    It will a pleasure if you can tell me the best way.
    Thankyou

  3. hello sir and mam says:

    Hii i am 12commerce pass now and i like travelling and my dream i am intrested in a journalisem traveling….how much and help me a study. Starting

  4. prinka yogi says:

    Ek ladka h rahul yogi jiski 12th me 73.00percent h kya ye airforce me select ho sakta or kya iska call leter aa sakta h

  5. vinay says:

    Sir I retired from army now and I completed my graduation from Kerala university in 2001 after completion of ba I joined in army as a technician. Now, I would like know, I have any chances to apply for journalism course or mass media?????? Now my age is 35

  6. astha sharma says:

    sir/mam
    i have complete animation diploma & BA and want to know which course is better for me please reply

  7. Priya gupta says:

    Sir/mam Maine iss year 12th pass kiya h .Or main ab ek news reporter banna chahti hu to please aap mujhe bataiye ki ab mujhe aage kaun sa caurse krna chahiye jisse main reporter ban sku. Sir/mam please answer me very soon.I am very passionate about it…please.

  8. nazeera.s says:

    If it is possible to change my major from maths to journalism in fatima college,madurai.

  9. nazeera.s says:

    I got a seat in Bsc Maths, but now I’m interested in journalism.but my family members was afraid about this.please give me a suggestion.

  10. Shrijana says:

    Hi there.
    Your article was of great help as I am interested in journalism but I am doing graduation course in mathematics so I’d just like to know whether i’ll be eligible for journalism course after my graduation??

  11. Nisha jain says:

    hello sir/mam
    i am Nisha jain,studying in class 10.I am very passionate about my future.I chose journalism because i love doing adventure,moving from one place to another.And i m bold and confident enough.And i wanna be on television.so plzz guide me in choosing the required field….its my humble request to you…thank u

    • jovitha says:

      Hello sir/ man
      I am interested in journalism & I am doing B.A ENGLISH but I am glad to see your site across it &I would like to becomea journalist so I want the clear information about it & also salary please sir reply soon

  12. Ashrith says:

    Hi
    Greetings of the day.

    I like Journalism and have developed a passion for the same. I have completed my 10th and am joining for my PUC (+2).

    Can i take commerce in my PUC and them move to Journalism, would this be good or should is start with any Arts stream in my PUC.

    Kindly Advise

  13. AAFREEN.J says:

    I m so confused abt this stream can get a clear nd deep information nd the way to reach it………..

    • Mohit Negi says:

      The details are mentioned in the article about courses, scope, admission process etc. If you still have any specific query you can ask us.

  14. pansare nishant says:

    Hii, my self nishant,I just given the 12th board exam from science stream in this year, now I’m so comfused to which field should be perfect for me,I also have made some three plans a,b,c .among them there is my gernalist field but some people says that -don’t career in this field ,it’s very risky field,isn’t it?,so what do i do? Can i do this?

  15. sangeeta sethi says:

    I am waiting for the declaration of the bsc result. I want to do travel journalism. So what entrance exam should i go for?

  16. Alanstine D'Silva says:

    Hello I am Alanstine I had taken science pcme I want to become a news reporter but I know kannda language very clearly and fully but other not and I know I think most setuetion and I want to join kannda news what want I do if I failed in second PUC after I can join the journal ….. Tgq

  17. rajavel R says:

    I dont know hindi if i join in this course i need hindi???

  18. Bhargavi says:

    Hey,
    I read your article its very helpful . I have decided to take commerce and after 12th boards, decided to take journalism.
    So if i take commerce its okay?

  19. Mayank says:

    Hey… I am Mayank studying in class 10 I have choosen arts as a stream. for class 11 I want to become news reporter soo what should I have to do after 12… Plz suggest me

  20. Shikha says:

    Mam,I am from commerce stream .and I am interested in journalism .
    So can I done journalism from open university ???

  21. Sneha M says:

    Hi there. Your article was so really helpful. I’m glad I across this site.
    Is fluency in Hindi mandatory for one to work in English print/broadcast media?

  22. Yuvraj Patil says:

    It is useful for career building.

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