Journalism Courses in India


Introduction:

So much is happening globally that working as a journalist is one of the most challenging career options today. The role of a journalist is of great importance and carries with it social responsibility. Journalism courses prepare students to investigate, analyze and report important events (local, national and international), current events and trends in a responsible and dignified manner. In the initial days, journalism was primarily concerned with the print media. With the growing importance of the electronic media, it is but natural that journalism courses have also evolved from the traditional styles of a decade ago. Anybody thinking of having a career in journalism needs to be professionally trained in order to meet the high standards in this demanding career.

Different Types of Journalism Courses

Journalism courses are offered by recognized institutions who offer courses at both graduate and post-graduate levels in the form of diplomas and degrees. The curriculum helps students understand the need and relevance of responsible and unbiased reporting. On completion of a journalism course, the student can make a career in various media like print (newspapers, magazines, newsletters and books) or electronic (internet, television and radio).. For those who believe that a picture speaks a thousand words, the avenue of photo journalism beckons. On completion of a journalism course, the student may choose to cover a specific genre like lifestyle, technology, travel, youth, current affairs, politics, sports or other such interesting categories.

Eligibility

A flair for language and a reasonable level of mastery in the journalist’s chosen language is of great importance for life as a journalist. For graduate level journalism courses, the student needs to have a higher secondary (10 +2) certification, while Postgraduate level aspirants need to have completed a graduation preferably in mass media, mass communications or journalism. The minimum scores for admission to the course vary among institutes and universities. Occasionally, graduates with flair for wring but without any formal training in allied fields can also opt for a journalism course at the postgraduate level.

How to apply

Similar to all graduate and post graduate courses, all candidates that meet the minimum eligibility criteria can apply for the various journalism courses. The basic guidelines for the admission process are set forth by the certifying authority or affiliated university. Further details regarding the various courses, their curriculum, duration and fee structure can be obtained from the website of the concerned institution.

Scope/pay scale.

The scope of journalism courses is unlimited and includes a career in reporting events in fields like sports, lifestyle, finance, crime, leisure, entertainment, technology, medicine and current affairs to name just a few. Magazines, websites or portals of television and publishing houses, radio channels, newspapers, radio channels and television are all interesting places to work as a journalist. Photojournalism is a new and interesting avenue for those who enjoy telling stories with pictures. A highly competitive field, opportunities abound for those who work hard with passion and responsibility. For those with the required fortitude and aptitude, a career as a journalist is both lucrative and fulfilling.

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