CAREER OPTION : Journalist
Career as a Journalist
Journalism is a profession that will stay alive as long as the world has people and events happening around them. As a journalist you will have to investigate, collect and present information as a news story or article. This can be presented through magazines, newspapers, radio, television and the internet. You get to mingle with different people and situations, know different stories and background, and present them in the form of writing or speaking. The areas of work are vast and you can specialise in a domain of your interest like business, travel, politics, fashion, movies, television etc.
In order to become a professional journalist, you have to acquire an undergraduate degree in journalism such as Bachelor of Arts in Journalism. While taking this up as a career, please note that you will not have the same routine every day in your professional life. It’s a challenging and exciting career to choose for. It is also important to make your own mark as a writer or reporter to get noticed and be reputed enough to make a living.
- Those who look forward to take up admissions in Bachelor of Arts in Journalism need to qualify their H.S.C (10+2) exams under a recognised board of education.
- Great language proficiency is a must if you want to stand out and do well in future.
- Students from either Science, Commerce or Arts streams can apply for this course.
How to Become a Journalist
STEP 1: Choose a renowned institute of your preference and get your admissions ready of a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism.
STEP 2: The course will extend up to a duration of 3 years and 6 semesters respectively. During this course of time, you will be trained in subjects like communication skills, computers, English literature, reporting, fundamentals of journalism, writing for media, editing, introduction to Indian constitution, history of media, radio broadcasting, public relationship, magazine journalism and internet and new media.
STEP 3: After clearing all your papers in these subjects, you can get into training practices with a domain of your choice such as movies, magazines, newspapers, TV channels etc.
STEP 4: With internships and experience, you will be easily employed as a journalist in your domain of interest.
STEP 5: You can also do you Masters in Journalism to go into more depth with the field and to attain a role in a senior position.
- Sikkim Manipal University – Sikkim
- Indian Institute of Journalism and New Media – Bangalore
- Mudra Institute of Communications – Ahmedabad
- Asian College of Journalism – Chennai
- Symbiosis Institute of Mass Communication – Pune
- Times School of Journalism – New Delhi
Various employment areas for a graduate from journalism are; advertising agencies, book and novels, circulation & public relations, broadcasting corporations, legal affairs departments, journals and blogs, news agencies, press information bureaus, television channels, radios channels, photography companies, periodicals and magazines, newspapers etc. After graduating you can become a feature writer, columnist, photojournalist, news analyst, public relations officer, radio jockey, video jockey, special correspondent, freelance writer, etc.
A journalist can earn an average salary of Rs.3, 50, 000 per year for a start. With experience, the designation and mode of work also changes. The salary then can go higher to a range of Rs.2 lakhs per annum.