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What is Journalism?

  • Journalism is concerned with collection and dissemination of news through the Print Media as well as the Electronic Media.
  • Journalist play a major role in the development of nation. It is through them that we get information about daily happenings in the society.
  • The purpose of journalism itself is to inform and interpret, educate and enlighten the people.
  • Involves various areas of works like reporting, writing, editing, photographing, broadcasting or cable casting news items.
  • Journalism is classified into two on the basis of media – 1) Print Journalism, and 2) Electronic (Audio/Visual) Journalism.
  • Print Journalism –  includes newspapers, magazines and journals.
  • Electronic Journalism – includes working for Radio, Television and the Web.

Career Opportunities

  • Career in journalism is a prestigious profession as well as a highly paid one.
  • The opportunities for journalists are endless and at the same time the job has become more challenging, as the new world is proving the adage that “the pen (and the camera) is mightier than the sword.”
  • Simple reporting of events is no more sufficient, more specialization and professionalism in reporting is required and hence Journalists specialize in diverse areas, such as politics, finance and economics, investigation, culture and sports for newspapers and periodicals.

Eligibility Requirement

  • Bachelor’s degree or post-graduate degree in journalism/mass communication or related disciplines is required to pursue a career in this field.
  • Additional course work, specialized training or experience, fieldwork or internship increases one’s opportunities in the field.
  • But, No course or training can claim to make one, a journalist. The courses train persons in the technical aspects only, to ensure one’s success in the field one must have an inborn ability to write and produce new stories in correct, concise and interesting style.
  • Latest trend in this regard is that big groups of newspapers advertise the posts of trainees for which all graduates are eligible. After conducting the entrance examination, suitable graduate trainees, with flair for writing are selected and employed. In other words, now the formal academic qualification for being a reporter, copy writer or correspondent is not essential. 

Personal Attributes

  • To become a journalist one should have:-  
  • an inquisitive mind,
  • will power,
  • an aptitude for presenting information in an accurate, concise and effective manner,
  • organize their thoughts and to express themselves clearly both orally and in writing.
  • At the same time a journalist has to be tactful, confident and organized while interviewing people from all walks of life. They must have the ability to sift relevant facts from the irrelevant.
  • The ability to accept criticism and willingness to do considerable rewriting are also necessary.

Job Prospects

  • They can find employment with newspapers, periodicals and magazines, central information service, press information bureau, websites, AIR and TV channels.
  • At the same time they can do freelancing.
  • One can also take up this career as a part time employment along with any other field of work. 

Career Options in Journalism

  • Journalists can work as editors, reporters, columnists, correspondents, staff or freelance writer, photojournalists, proofreaders, news analysts etc. in print (newspapers and magazines) and electronic (Radio, Television and Web) media.
  • Editing – In the Editing field there are various options like:-
  • Editor,  Chief Editor/Resident Editor, Sub Editor, News/Feature Editor, Associate Editor, Proofreader
  • Writing – Various Options are: Writer/Creative Writer, Feature Writer, Leader Writer
  • Writing for Multimedia at the web.
  • Columnist and Critic
  • Photography – Photo Journalist or News Photographer.
  • Others – Fashion Journalist; Cartoonists and Illustrators;
  • PR and Advertising.

Various Course Options

Various Course Options available are:-
  1. M.A. Journalism
  2. M.A. Journalism and mass Communication
  3. M.Phil. Journalism
  4. M.Sc. Mass Communication and Journalism
  5. P.G. Diploma in Mass Comm. & Journalism
  6. M.A. International Journalism/Global Journalism
  7. M.A. Financial Journalism
  8. M.A. Broadcast Journalism/Television Journalism/Radio Journalism/Print Journalism
  9. M.A. Web Journalism/Online Journalism
  10. M.A. Freelancing and Journalism Enterprise
  11. M.A. Newspaper Journalism/Magazine Journalism
  12. M.A. Science Journalism
  13. M.A. Sports Journalism/Health Journalism
  14. .M.A. Journalism and Creative Economy
  15. .M.A. Fashion/Lifestyle Journalism
  16. M.A. Cooperate/Media Communications
  17. M.A. P.R & Advertisement.
  18. M.A. Creative Writing.

Country Options

  • USA
  • UK
  • Switzerland
  • Singapore
  • Australia
  • Ireland
  • New Zealand
  • Canada

Entry Requirements:

  • GPA & Transcript
  • Test Scores
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Letters of Recommendations

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