Career as Journalist

Journalists bring the world to the living room of the common man and provide them with a looking glass to see what’s happening beyond their private space. In a democracy especially, they have a crucial role to play which is, to circulate information that will help people to exercise the rights of their citizenship. So they have to perform their duties with a lot of honesty and integrity.

With the current government endeavoring to bring India to the centre stage on the world forum with international marketing campaigns like ‘Make in India’, the nation is bound to be in the news for a whole lot of exciting reasons. And so, it’s probably the best time to consider a career in journalism in the country!

 

DIFFERENCE BETWEEN MASS COMMUNICATION AND JOURNALISM

Mass Communication, just as the name implies, impacts masses. How? Starting from radio, TV, news, magazines to the Internet, social media, films; any platform that is used to spread messages, opinions, news and entertainment to the masses (a large group of people) comes under the purview of Mass Communication. It is a broad field, and includes a fusion of photography, filmmaking, journalism, advertisement, public relations, content writing, etc.

Journalism, on the other hand, revolves mainly around communicating news to people, be it any strata – politics, economics, business, science, sports or entertainment news. Journalism works in three simple steps: Gathering data or news; Editing it and validating it with facts and pictures; Broadcasting it to the masses through both print and electronic media. Print media includes newspapers and magazines, and electronic media includes TV, Radio, and these days, even the Internet.

 JOURNALISM COURSES IN INDIA:

TYPES OF JOURNALISM

  • Global Journalism
  • Digital and Interactive-Media Journalism
  • Public Relations and Advertising
  • Photojournalism
  • Journalism Design and Graphics
  • Science and Environmental Journalism
  • Political Journalism
  • Broadcast Journalism
  • News Reporting and Writing
  • Enterprise Journalism
  • Sports Journalism

SKILLS OF A JOURNALIST

While looking for a job, we search about the responsibilities, scope, qualification etc required for a particular. But we often forget the most important factors  i.e career interest, Aptitude and personality, needed to be considered, while applying for a job. 

Some of the basic aptitude, personality and interest required to succeed in this career are-

 

INTEREST

 

APTITUDE

 

PERSONALITY

 

Words-

  • To make a good journalist, one must have a flair for writing, an inquisitive mind that loves to dig up details and a willingness to present the collected information in a manner that will interest readers and induce them to think on the subject.

     

Verification-

  • One should have an curious mind, will power, an aptitude for presenting information in a precise, concise and effective manner. 

Imaginative

  • Suggesting ideas for articles requires imaginative mind.

 

 

 Verbal penetration-

  • He/she should also be able to arrange thoughts and express them clearly in both forms of communications- written as well as oral. 

Assertive-

  • The capability of accepting criticism and keenness to do considerable rewriting are also crucial in this profession.

 

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WHAT JOBS DO YOU GET WITH A JOURNALISM DEGREE?

  • Print Journalism – Begin as a feature writer or a reporter and work your way to the top of the ladder, to the position of a sub-editor and then to an editor. You can also work as a columnist, critic, photojournalist or cartoonist.
  • Electronic/Broadcast Journalism – You can either be an on-air personality or a writer/producer of pieces that end up on air, or a mix of both.
  • Web Journalism – Web journalism is about publishing news articles online across various platforms like social networking sites, blogs etc, the content for which can be produced in various formats like text, video, image or a rich mixture of all these. With social media exerting a pervasive influence, e-journalism will play a big role in the coming years.
 

BEST COLLEGES FOR JOURNALISM IN INDIA

  • Indian Institute Of Journalism And New Media, Bangalore
  • Symbiosis Institute Of Media And Communication, Pune
  • Lady Shri Ram College For Women, New Delhi
  • Christ College, Bangalore
  •  School Of Communication, Manipal
  • Delhi College Of Arts And Commerce, New Delhi
  • Indraprastha College For Women, New Delhi
  • Kishinchand Chellaram College
  • Kamala Nehru College, New Delhi
  • Madras Christian College
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