Journalism a jubilant career

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 29 May 2018 11:57:16


By dr rashmin deshmukh

Journalism is a career that offers an individual a unique chance to be an active part of Media, the fourth pillar of democracy. It is a vocation that provides total work satisfaction and a rare jubilance of accomplishment which is beyond comparison.If you are inquisitive, have good communication skills and a flair for writing then you can positively look forward to this profession as a promising career. Journalism is a calling that doesn’t require too high ‘formal’ qualifications. Yet the profession genuinely demands certain very basic qualities that are credibility, sincerity, integrity, objectivity and devotion. It also expects one to be punctual, flexible, sociable, and affable. The work provides ample scope for one’s individuality, social perceptivity, creativity, grit, industry and many other inherent attributes.

Narad Muni, the divine messenger of Gods considered the first Journalist on earth had excellent communication skills, mastery over language and wide knowledge of the world. He used his eloquence for a pious aim of betterment of every soul, spread of virtues, and restoring peace. Mahatma Gandhi with his simple yet effective style of writing spread good ideals, created awareness amongst masses about cleanliness, self-discipline, and freedom. Working as a Journalist thus is a highly satisfying and worthy work.
Anyone who is good in a particular language keenly interested in world around and eager to work for public interest can succeed in becoming a good Journalist. The basic work of a Journalist is collecting and writing news for newspaper, magazines, radio or television or new media including social media.In India interested aspirants can opt for the very basic courses like B.A. in Journalism and Mass communication (a 3 year course with eligibility 10+2) or M.A.( Mass communication) (duration 2 years/ four semesters, eligibility any graduate). These courses are available in various regular Indian universities and also open universities.

The Indira Gandhi National Open Univesity (IGNOU) offers a course Master of Arts in Journalism and Mass communication (M.A.J.M.C.) a full time course in its Delhi campus. IGNOU’s Post Graduate Diploma in Journalism and Mass communication (P.G.J.M.C.) is also a very useful part time distance learning course offered by the University at very reasonable fees. Any graduate with two years working experience in media or communication organisation can apply for the course. The Yashwantrao Chavhan Maharashtra Open University (YCMOU) also offers a specialization course M.A. (Communication) with eligibility graduation in any faculty. Another course B.A.M.C.J. (B.A. in Mass Communication and Journalism) requiring a qualification 12th pass or YCMOU preparatory course passed and 18 years age is also in offering at the YCMOU.

Sikkim Manipal University (Distance Education University) also offers a good course Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Mass communication B.A.J.M. (duration 3years (6 semesters) where eligibility is 10+2 or Diploma from state board of technical education. Department of Mass communication RTM Nagpur University also offers a one year post graduate full time degree of Bachelor of journalism B.J.(Print media) and also M.A.( Mass communication). For admission to both these courses one has to appear for an entrance exam conducted by the university. Besides a Post Graduate Diploma in Video programming (News and Current affairs) is also a very wonderful course conducted by the university where admission is done on first come first serve basis. University of Mumbai, Fort offers B.A. in Film Television and New Media Production a full time three year course and also M.A. in Communication and Journalism.

Garware Institute of Career, Education and Development University of Mumbai, Kalina Campus offers a unique Post Graduate Diploma in Mass Media and Journalism programme in Hindi which is a part time 1 year course. The institute also offers M.A. in Electronic Media course.BSE Institute Ltd. affiliated to University of Mumbai Fort Campus offers a unique course Post Graduate Diploma Programme in Business journalism which is a one and half year full time course.Two other institutes which provide practical and theoretical training through its various courses for aspiring students are the Indian Institute of Mass Communication (IIMC), New Delhi, an autonomous body funded by the Government of India through the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Govt. of India and the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), Pune.
Besides these institutions many private autonomous institutions, academies and Journalism schools are offering experience oriented full time 10, 11 and 12 months training courses like PG Diploma in Journalism and Mass communication.

National School of Journalism, Bangalore (NSOJ) conducts a 11-month Postgraduate Diploma in Journalism (P.G.D.J.) programmes namely 1)Post Graduate Diploma in Journalism- Broadcast Media this is a 11-month programme aimed at imparting skills for a career in television, radio and digital broadcast media.
2) Postgraduate Diploma in Journalism - Print & Convergence Media trains an individual in traditional newspaper and magazine journalism as well as in convergence journalism,(combining print photography and video into one digital piece), which is the future of news media.Indian Institute of Journalism and New Media, Bengaluru is a journalism school that conducts one year practical courses which train a student in news production and other areas.

Mudra Institute of Communications, Ahmedabad (MICA) is the only residential communication Institute in India. It is an autonomous, non-profit institution, offering three residential programs - the Post Graduate Programme (PGP), the Crafting Creative Communications (CCC) and the Fellow Programme in Management-Communications (FPM-C). Symbiosis Institute of Mass Communication, (SIMC) Pune offers post graduate full time courses in - a. creative content generation- MMC and b. managing creative businesses- MBA (CM). The Xavier Institute of Communications (XIC), Mumbai is also a professional media centre which offers a big range of courses in communication training.Other prominent centres and institutions in India include A J Kidwai Mass Communication Research Centre, (AJK MCRC), Jamia, New Delhi and Asian College of Journalism, Chennai.

A Journalism and Mass Communication graduate, post graduate or a Diploma holder has ample opportunities to work in both Government and Non Government organisations like National and Regional newspapers, News Agencies, Journals, Periodicals, Magazines, AIR - All India Radio, Doordarshan, Central Information Service, Press Information Bureau, Legal Affairs Department, Private News and Business Channels, Radio Telecasting Companies, Media houses, Websites, Blogs, Broadcasting Corporations, Public Relations firms, Printing firms, Advertising Agencies, Books and Novels, Photography Companies, Journalism and Mass communication institutes.

Here one can work as News Reporter, Sub-Editor, Copy Editor, Assistant News Editor, Special Correspondent, Senior Correspondent, Staff reporter, Media reporter, Content writer, Editorial Assistant, Proof reader, News Anchor, News Producer, Web Editor, Web content Creator and Developer, Script and creative writer, Online Writer, Detailed Description writer and as Media or Public relations/Communications Manager and Officer. As a journalist you can also specialize in the area of your choice like Court Reporting, Legislature Reporting, Science and Technology Reporting, Sports Reporting, Development Reporting, Business, Economy and Corporate Reporting and Analysis and Feature writing. One can also work as Photo Journalist, Financial Journalist, Technical and Technology Journalist, Political, Sports news analyst, and also work as a Freelance Journalist. Working in this special field can not only bring the best out of you but also craft your personality to perfection.

So if you are an extrovert, creative and expressive, if you have command over language, zeal and adaptability to work under varying conditions journalism is one career that can offer you a sublime jubilance. (The author is freelance journalist and can be contacted at
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