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Journalism

and Mass Communication

I am graduate student of English literature. I would like to know more about master's degree courses in media communication and related job opportunities.

Janice Oommen

We are witnessing a revolution in communication due to the convergence and integration of Communication Technologies. This has had its impact in the fields of mass communication and journalism. Several institutions and universities have introduced courses to meet the new challenges and to make use of communication resources.

Degree, Master's Degree, PG Diploma courses in Journalism / Mass / Media Communication provide knowledge and skills in a variety of disciplines such as print / electronic journalism, development communication, communication research, advertising and public relations, etc.

Journalism or mass communication courses at the Master's / PG level prepares students for a career in print / electronic media. With the advancement of mass communication, many of the Indian universities have transformed journalism into mass communication or communication journalism courses and departments.

Master of Communication and Journalism (MCJ), Master of Journalism and Communication (MJC), MA (Mass Communication), Master of Communication Studies (MCS), Master of Mass Communication (MMC), Master of Journalism and Mass Communication (MJMC) courses have been introduced by different universities / institutes for graduates. All these courses are good enough for entering into the journalistic profession.

Writing ability / aptitude, analytical mind, presentation skills, extensive reading habit, sense of observation, communication ability, presence of mind and courage are some of the personal qualities required of a journalist.

Journalism or Mass Communication Master's degree courses are one of best higher study options for graduates of English Literature.

The Indian Institute of Mass Communication (IIMC) is a leading institution offering quality education in the field of journalism. The IIMC is an autonomous body funded by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting Government of India, New Delhi, and having branches at Dhenkanal (Orissa).

IIMC conducts the following courses - Post Graduate Diploma Course in Journalism (English) (at the New Delhi and Dhenkanal branches. Forty seats are available in each centre. The duration of the course is one year from August to April. Graduates in any discipline are eligible for admission. Students appearing for the final year degree examination will also be considered. The course fee is Rs.21,000

A Postgraduate Diploma course in Journalism (Hindi) is also offered at New Delhi. Intake capacity is 40. Entry qualification is a bachelor's degree in any discipline. Course fee Rs.21,000.

The Post Graduate Diploma in Radio and Television Journalism course is conducted at the New Delhi centre only. Total number of seats is 30. Course contents include communication - concepts and process, role of media and media research, history of the press, radio / TV, changes of radio, television and web media scenario, news gathering, reporting and editing, skills of practical journalism, radio programme production, anchoring for the radio, TV journalism - skills, tools and techniques, professional tasks at a TV news channel, Non-linear editing, scripting and TV anchoring, radio reporting, radio news programmes production, FM radio programme production and anchoring, TV studio production, etc. Graduates in any discipline are eligible for admission. The course fee is Rs.47000.

The IIMC also offers a Post Graduate Diploma in Advertising and Public Relations in New Delhi. The intake capacity is 45. Any graduate is eligible for admission and course fee Rs.30,000.

The syllabus covers communication, marketing, advertising - concepts and principles, account management, strategy plan and brand management, advertising - creativity and campaign planning, public relations, corporate communication, oral and visual communication, production techniques and methods, media planning, research methods and applications, etc.

Admission to all the above courses is based on an all-India-level entrance examination and interview. Duration of each course is one year.

In Kerala, the Department of Communication and Journalism, University of Kerala, Kariavattom, Thiruvananthapuram - 695 581 (Phone 0471 2418013) offers a two-year full-time Master's degree in Communication and Journalism. Selection is based on an entrance test and qualifying examination merit (50:50). The total number of seats is 20. Science graduates with 55 per cent marks in part III and non-science graduates with 50 per cent marks in part III (recognised by the Kerala University) are eligible for appearing the entrance test.

The School of Communication and Information Science under the Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam, conducts a Master of Journalism and Communication (4 Semesters) course (MJC) on a self-financing basis. Graduates with 45 per cent marks are eligible for admission. SC / ST Students require only 40 per cent marks. Total seats - 35; semester fee Rs.9,000.

The Department of Journalism and Mass Communication under Calicut University, Thenhilipalam offers a two-year full-time MCJ course. Graduates with 45 per cent marks are eligible to study the course.

Several universities in India conduct Master's Degree / PG Diploma level courses in Journalism / Mass Communication. Few among them are following:

- Madurai Kamraj University,

MCJ (regular)

- Directorate of Distance

Education, Madurai Kamraj

University: MCJ (distance

education mode)

- School of Information and

Communication Studies

(Chepauk Campus),

University of Madras: MA

Communication

- Banaras Hindu University:

MA - Mass Communication

- Bhaskar Institute of Mass

Communication and

Journalism, Bundelkhanal

University, Jhansi: MA Mass

Communication and

Journalism, PG Diploma

in Journalism, PG Diploma in

Electronic Media, PG

Diploma in Photo Journalism.

Entry qualification is

graduation in any discipline.

One-year Postgraduate Diploma courses are being conducted by the following institutions:

- Asian College of Journalism,

Chennai: Specialisation in

print, broadcast and

new media

- Amrita School of

Journalism, Amrita Vishwa

Vidya Peetham, Ettimadai,

Coimbatore

- Manorama School of

Communication, Kottayam,

English or Malayalam

streams for specialissation)

- Kerala Press Academy,

Kakkanad, Kochi

- Bharatiya Vidhya Bhavan,

Thiruvananthapuram

- Press Club's Institutes of

Journalism at

Thiruvananthapuram,

Kottayam & Kozhikode

- Symbiosis Institute of Mass

Communication, Pune:

Specialisation in print, cyber

and broadcast journalism

Graduates / postgraduates in any discipline are eligible for admission to PG Diploma in Journalism / Mass Communication.

Those who successfully complete a master's degree or PG diploma in journalism / mass communication could get employment as journalist trainee, sub editors, reporters, correspondents in print and electronic media or as assistant information officer, public relations officer, etc. in information services / public relations departments, etc. Job opportunities can be found with Internet / Web portals too.

M. Phil and Ph.D. study is also possible in this field.

GOPAKUMAR KARAKONAM

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