In today’s era of communication and technology, people round the clock want to keep themselves updated with the latest change and developments happening around them. Students want to pursue different courses that are not much popular but are in great demand like Journalism. 

Journalism is known as Mass, Media & Communication only. Students don’t know the other courses Journalism offer. As career counsellors, we should be updated about various new career options and courses so that we could help students effectively. Therefore, in this blog, I am going to share different kinds of Journalism courses students can do other than Mass Media.

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What is Journalism?

Journalism is the activity of gathering, assessing, creating, and presenting news and information. It is also the product of these activities. The purpose of journalism is to provide citizens with the information they need to make the best possible decisions about their lives, their communities, their societies, and their governments.

What is Mass, Media and Communication?

Mass media refers to a diverse array of media technologies that reach a large audience via mass communication. The technologies through which this communication takes place include a variety of outlets. Broadcast media transmit information electronically via media such as films, radio, recorded music, or television.

Personality Traits of Journalism

INFJ – They can often have certain elements of their natural personality which makes for great journalism skills. They are usually great writers, with quite the wordsmith abilities. INFJs like being able to express themselves through the written word, but they also enjoy telling stories.

ENFP – They are highly represented among journalists, excelling with both the written and spoken word. ENFPs are especially extroverted. Their natural enthusiasm and creative energy are immediately apparent to anyone who spends time with them. They feed off social energy, and people feed off them, too. There is a very strong tendency for ENFPs to drift into alternative methods of thinking. They prefer the open-ended question to the yes-or-no. Minute organizing is not their strong point, so they excel in areas where big, not-yet-defined ideas are discussed

When it comes to decision making, ENFPs follow their hearts. Even if the evidence supports a different theory, they will side with their emotions when an important decision is on the line. Logic is, perhaps, under-appreciated in ENFPs.

In this final category, perceiving is the opposite of judging, at least when it comes to making plans or forming opinions. ENFPs are not at all close-minded; they are eager for change and hopeful for turns in events. The downside of this is that monotony, even when necessary, is almost unbearable. ENFPs are equally public: journalist, writer, reporter and/or news anchor. These careers satisfy the ENFP’s need for variation and excitement; something new is always happening and rarely would similarly work last for long.

Magnetic personalities were meant for the screen. The big screen, too (or stage). ENFPs make intoxicating actors and are often satisfied by the constant social interaction that comes with it.

Career Options in the Field of Journalism

The career options in the field of journalism are bifurcated into two divisions as the following:

Print Journalism – It involves the newspaper, magazines, journal, digests and text print media agencies.

Electronic Journalism – Electronic media involves the TV, internet and radio.

Web Journalism – It is one of the fastest-growing divisions of journalism and is very effective at connecting the world at the same time.

Journalism Programs

Name of the Programme Duration of the Programme
Diploma in Journalism (DJ) 1 year
Diploma in Journalism & Mass Communication (DJMC) 2 years
B.A. with Journalism 3 years
Bachelor in Journalism 3 years
BA in Convergent Journalism 3 years
Bachelor in Journalism and Mass Communication (BJMC) 3 years
B.A. with Mass Media 3 years
BA in Journalism and Communication Studies 3 years
B.A. in script writing 3 years
B.Sc in Mass Communication, Journalism and Advertising 3 years
B.Sc in Mass Communication and Journalism 3 years
Bachelor in Media Science 3 years

Eligibility Criteria for Journalism Courses

  • You can apply for journalism courses after you have passed class 12 with a minimum of 50% marks from any stream (Science, Commerce or Arts).
  • Some colleges require you to possess excellent communication skills, English speaking skills and writing skills.
  • Admissions are done either on the basis of class 12 marks or on the basis of entrance tests (varies from university to university). Some colleges also take personal interviews to shortlist students.
Exams Level Questions-Exam Duration Conducting Body Colleges Accepting Scores
IIMC Entrance Exam PG 5 to 10 questions

2 hours

Indian Institute of Mass Communication (IIMC)
  • IIMC Delhi
  • IIMC Amravati
  • IIMC Jammu
  • IIMC Kottayam
  • IIMC Aizawl
  • IIMC Dhenkanal
XIC OET PG 150 questions

1.5 hours

Xavier Institute of Communications Xavier Institute of Communications
DUET UG 100 questions

2 hours

IP College for Women, Delhi University IP College for Women, Delhi University
ACJ Entrance Exam PG 200 marks

2 hours+ 1.5 hours

Asian College of Journalism, Chennai Asian College of Journalism, Chennai
IPU CET UG & PG 150 questions

2.5 hours

Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University
  • University School of Mass Communication ( MMC – Master in Mass Communication)
  • Delhi Metropolitan Education, Noida
  • BLS Institute of Management, Rohtak
  • Fairfield Institute of Management & Technology
  • Maharaja Agrasen Institute of Communication and Electronic Media, Rohini
  • Vivekananda Institute of Professional Studies
  • Trinity Institute Of Professional Studies

Some Top Colleges to Pursue Journalism Courses are:

  • Indian Institute of Journalism and New Media (IIJNM), Bangalore
  • Symbiosis Institute of Mass Communication (SIMC), Pune 
  • Indian Institute of Mass Communication (IIMC), New Delhi
  • Mudra Institute of Communications (MICA), Ahmedabad
  • Asian College of Journalism, Chennai
  • Xavier Institute of Communication (XIC), Mumba

Question: Can a BBA, BSc, B.Com, BA Student do Journalism?

Answer: BBA, B Com BSc, BA, Yes, the student can go for Journalism after BBA either they go for 1 year PG diploma course or 2 years MA degree course in Mass, Media and Communication.

Job profiles in the field of print journalism are as the following:

  • Newspapers
  • Associate Editor
  • Sub-editor
  • Editor
  • Proof Reader
  • Reporter
  • Correspondent/Special reporter
  • Writer
  • Feature writer
  • Leader writer
  • Columnist
  • Critic
  • Photojournalist
  • Cartoonist

Job profiles in the field of electronic journalism are as the following:

  • Researchers
  • Production Workers
  • Floor Managers
  • Transmission Executives
  • Reporters
  • Sound technicians
  • Camera workers
  • Presenters

Salary

At a very initial level, the candidate will get a salary of 5000 – 10000 per month. After getting experience in hand, he/she may get the Rs. 15,000 – Rs. 25,000 per month. Many times, the remuneration is depending on the reputation, status and salary policy of the organization. An expert having sound experience and a good platform may earn the Rs. 50,000 – Rs. 1,00,000 per month.

Top Recruiters

  • NDTV Network
  • Hindustan Times Group of Publication
  • Zee TV Network
  • Viacom
  • Times of India Publication Group
  • BBC
  • Big Entertainment
  • TV 18 Groups

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Darshana Aradhye
Darshana Aradhye
Trained Global Career Counsellor, Founder at Sadh Careers, Pune | + posts

Ms. Aradhye is a trained Global Career Counsellor who has over 15 years of experience in the field of education and counselling. She has worked with multiple schools and delivered various workshops. She is a skilled professional in Curriculum Development, Public Speaking, Teachers Training, Management, and Strong Community & Social Services. She has worked with several well-known organizations from being a counsellor to educator to academic head to Head Mistress to Principal in reputed schools of Ahmedabad.

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