JOURNALISM

You have always been curious to know about everything around you. You are hyperactive, work better against deadlines, have great communication and writing skills, have a good command over language, and a fair knowledge of dealing with people, then...

Journalism is, probably the best option for you.

The scenario of journalism has undergone a metamorphosis, making it the most sought after career in the recent times. It was only a decade ago when journalism as a career had no standing in the market. The journalists worked in a news organisation only due to their sheer love for writing. Journalism more than anything else was a mission and a passion driven affair. However, with changing times and globalisation setting in, this sudden shift of journalism from a hobby to a mainstream career has changed the entire perspective of Writing for Media.

Today, Media is one of the biggest revenue generating industries of the country. With hundreds of News Channels, Newspapers, Magazines and Websites running throughout the country and even more are slated to start. Journalism has proved to be the most promising career with a plethora of job options in this field.

So all you aspiring Journalists, who believe in bringing about a change in society, be a part of its day to day functioning, have an exciting, never boring and demanding career, Circle provides you a career guide which answers all the FAQS about journalism as your chosen path.

BE A JOURNALIST?

WORKING IN MEDIA- THE REAL PICTURE

Anyone who has a knack for writing, a nose for news, is objective and does not see himself/herself in the conventional, 9 to 5 job; Welcome to the World of Media!

Every news organisation is divided into two sections, namely: News Desk and Reporting. The designations vary from Sub-Editors, Associate Editors to Reporters, and Correspondents to... The list is endless. The working choices are mammoth, and everyone can find a room here.

While print media has Newspapers, Magazines, Journals, News Agencies to its credit, electronic media on the other hand offers a larger platform for fame and glamour with Radio, News Channels and News Portals.

"The working hours are odd and the shifts can sometimes stretch to 13-16 hours on certain days. The situation is even more stressful in case of Electronic Media," says journalist Avita Sharma.

Indeed, journalists have to be on their toes all the time to complete the errands. Scribes or reporters are required to fetch the news from different sources while the job on the desk is to mould the information into what we call as News or Story.

HOW GOOD IS THE PAY?

Remunerations: The salaries in media vary at different organisations. The pay package is definitely better in case of Electronic Media than Print Media.

A trainee can start from somewhere around Rs. 4000-5000, initially. Later, with experience the salary can shoot up to one lac per month. "Your hard work is directly proportional to the salary. The more quickly yo u grow in this field, the more you will be paid, confirms.

Apart from the salary, the career offers you a huge platform to grow and gain experience about various aspects of life. A wee bit of Glamour and Fame Quotient is an extra incentive, which is no doubt hard to resist.

A CALL FOR THE YOUNG BLOOD

Eligibility: Although the subject is vastly taught at the postgraduate level. Some renowned Universities have started teaching journalism at an undergraduate level too. For a Bachelor degree Programme, a student has to be at least 10+2 in any stream.

There is an Entrance Exam conducted by every Journalism school during April and May, consisting of General Knowledge, General English and Writing Skills. Students who cut through the written tests are required to give an interview in which their personality, confidence and aptitude is tested.

A similar procedure of selection is followed in case of the postgraduate degree or diploma. Here, a graduate of any stream is eligible to opt for the course.

Course content: In journalism, nothing can beat the practical knowledge but before entering into the profession, Journalism schools help in inculcating the traits of a Journalist in the students. Here, the students are extensively taught on the different styles of writing used in news, features, reviews, etc. they are also taught about the nitty-gritty of News, Prerequisites of getting News and are given a fair idea of the real reporting scene.

We also work upon the enhancement of the language skills of our students as it plays a major role in the presentation of the news. Besides that, a month or two of Internship with a Newspaper or Television House is mandatory, and it forms an important part of the practical training.

HOW TO SELECT A QUALITY INSTITUTION?

JOURNALISM SCHOOLS:

Delhi university, Makhanlal Chaturvedi Rashtriya Patrakarita Vishwavidyalya, Indraprastha university are some of the universities which offers an undergraduate three years programme of journalism.

All these universities are UGC approved and they run Journalism and Mass Communication courses through their different colleges.On the other hand, for Post graduate degree or diploma one has a larger number of choices all across the country and abroad. Institutes like IIMC in JNU campus. Jamia Millia, Symbiosis, Asian School of Journalism, Department of Mass Communication, Panjab University are the best for postgraduate Journalism Courses.

The latest trend, however, among the Journalism course is to do it from the institutes owned by media organizations as it offers internships and placements soon after the completion of the course.

Journalism schools like, Times School of Journalism owned by Times Group and Pioneer Media School of The Pioneer Newspaper are such Media Organizations that offer Under Graduate and Post Graduate Degrees and Diplomas.

The main things that is to be kept in mind while choosing a Journalism School is its infrastructure, the placement ratio, the faculty and the quality of education. With the sudden popularity of journalism, every other university is opening up journalism courses. A wise choice can help the student do much better in his/her future.

LIST OF COLLEGES

1. Asian College of Journalism, Kasturi Centre, 2-Anna Salai, Chennai-2.

2. Bharatiya Vidhya Bhavan units at Trivandrum, Kottayam, Thrissur, Kochi, Kozhikode and other cities of India.

3. Amity School of Journalism & Communication, Saket, New Delhi 110024.

4. Indian Institute of Mass Communication, Aruna Asaf Ali Marg, JNU Campus, New Delhi 110067.

5. Institute for Integrated Learning in Management, Lodhi Institutional Area, Lodhi Road, New Delhi 110003

6. Pioneer Media School, 6, Toder Mal lane, Bengali Market, New Delhi 110001

7. The Manorama School of Communication, P. B. No. 229, Kottayam 686001

8. St Xavier's Institute of Communication, St. Xavier's College, Mumbai 400001.

9. Times Centre for Media Studies, 10-Daryaganj, New Delhi - 110023

10. Symbiosis Institute of Communication, Pune-411004

11. Sophia College Polytechnic, Sophia College Campus, Babubhai Desai Road, Mumbai 400026

12. Dep't of Mass Communication, Panja University, Sector 14, Chandigarh





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