Guide to a career in journalism after graduation


Are you looking for information on how to become a journalist after graduation? This article provides an insight into the exciting career of journalism after getting a graduate degree. Learn about the various types of journalism and what are the skills required to be an ace journalist.

Journalism is, in a nutshell, all about reporting. You could be writing it or broadcasting it or capturing it in an image. With a keen eye on details, a knack to dig deep, the ability to be critical and a natural flair to convey information, you can be the face of news.

Academic background

A graduate in any discipline can pursue a Diploma course in Journalism. Learn more about Journalism, Media & Communication Courses.

You can look for niche courses, such as those related solely to print journalism or broadcast journalism or that of digital media.



Types of Journalism & Skill Requirements

Words play a major role in a career as a journalist. Hence, you will be expected to have a high level of writing skills. Add the ability to do thorough research, a strong interest in current affairs and an intense commitment to your work and you are definitely in the groove in the field of journalism.

Then there are skills as per specific genres of journalism. For example, for an investigative journalist it would be a plus point to be labelled a disbeliever! That is, you should have a strong determination to dig deep and find out the inner truth behind the outer facade.

Then there is the photo journalist, who can capture in one click a powerful image that conveys in an instant a powerful story. This is one field of journalism where it is not the written word that is essential, but the visual expression that counts.

A sports journalist, as the name obviously implies, would be one who is reporting on events and incidents related to sports, perhaps confined to one specific sport only. This could also include doing research on, and reporting about, the people in a particular sport, including not just the players but also the coaches, the support staff, referees of a game, etc. For example, a sports journalist assigned to cover Formula One events may give a unique insight into the role of the various pit stop crew.

In the case of broadcast journalism, you can be a journalist in front of a camera, appearing on air, reporting something directly from the field. Good diction with clarity of words is must, as also if you are a broadcast journalist whose words resound across radio channels. Behind the camera, on the other hand, your skills' requirement changes. In this case, you need to have good analytical skills in, for example, producing a program on air or good editing skills to sort out and put together clips of reports.

Let's not forget the field of international journalism. There is good scope for those keen on becoming foreign correspondents. For a career in this field, you would need to be conversant with the various aspects of the region where you are assigned, such as the local ongoing happenings, historical events, traditions of the people there, etc. It would be highly advantageous to learn foreign languages to be a successful foreign correspondent.

In today's world of advanced technology, there is a new field of journalism which enables presenting news content on a digital platform which caters to an online audience. Text and images will be adapted to be suitable for easy reading on a variety of devices, especially smartphones. Also, it allows people to instantly communicate their views on the content thus published, via comments & forum boards.

Finally, mention must be made here of one aspect of journalism which no formal education teaches: ethics. One's inner conscience and an unwritten moral code may often clash with the urge to report something which will be at the expense of throwing wide open somebody's very private life. Where to draw the line often triggers doubts in the mind and pricks that little inner voice which begs you to not step over the line.



Where to study journalism courses

Mentioned here are just three reputed founts of academic learning which would hone your skills as a journalist -

Manoma School of Communication (MASCOM)

MASCOM offers:
  1. PG Diploma in Print Journalism: This includes a three-week internship (expenses to be borne by the student), either provided by MASCOM or you can arrange for it yourself, at any established newspaper house, subject to the approval of the Director.
    Fee: Rs. 1,00,000/- plus service tax as applicable.

  2. PG Diploma in Broadcast Journalism:
    Fee: Rs. 1,50000/- plus Service Tax as applicable

    Eligibility for both courses: Bachelor's Degree in any discipline from a recognized university

    Address: Erayilkadavu, Kottayam – 686001, Kerala.
    Ph: 0481-2300851 / Email: info@manoramajschool.com
    Website: http://www.manoramajschool.com/

Xavier Institute of Communication

You can pursue a 10 months full-time, Post Graduate Diploma Program in Journalism & Mass Communication
Eligibility: You should have a recognized graduate degree in Arts, Science, Mass Media, Commerce, or any professional course. Selection for admission to the course is based on an online entrance test followed by a personal interview of an interview via Skype.

Total fee: Rs. 2,96,000/-

Address: 5, Mahapalika Marg, St. Xavier's College, Mumbai - 400 001
Ph: +91 22 2262 1366 / 2262 1639 / Email: admin@xaviercomm.org
Website: Xavier Institute of Communication

Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan's S P College of Communication & Management

PG Courses in Journalism are offered in both English medium and in Hindi medium.

Eligibility: A graduate degree in any discipline.

Address: Kasturba Gandhi Marg, New Delhi - 110001
(011) 23389942, 23382005 / Email: spccm@bvbdelhi.org
Website: BVB S P College of Communication & Management

Conclusion

If you have a love for reporting, a flair for writing and a nose to dig out info, then journalism is an apt choice after you complete your graduation. Pen your views on journalism as a career and leave your comments in the box below if you have had any experience of being a journalist, even writing for your school or college magazines!


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