is concerned with collection and dissemination of news through the print
media as well as the electronic media. This involves various areas of
works like reporting, writing, editing, photographing, broadcasting or
cable casting news items.
Print Journalism includes newspapers, magazines and journals. In print journalism one can work as editors, reporters, columnists, correspondents etc.
Electronic journalism includes working for Radio, Television and the Web. In the web, skilled people are required to maintain sites by web newspapers (which cater only to the web and do not have print editions) and popular newspapers and magazines that have their own web editions. In electronic journalism one can be a reporter, writer, editor, researcher, correspondent and anchor.
journalism is a prestigious profession as well as a highly paid one. Journalist
plays a major role in the development of nation. It is through them that
we get information about daily happenings in the society. The purpose
of journalism itself is to inform and interpret, educate and enlighten
ELIGIBILITY & COURSE AREAS
Qualification: Bachelor's degree or post-graduate degree in journalism/mass
communication is required to pursue a career in this field. Additional
course work, specialized training or experience, fieldwork or internship
increases one's opportunities in the field. There are a number of universities
and institutes offering training in journalism.
No course or training can claim to make one, a journalist. The courses train persons in the technical aspects only, to ensure one's success in the field one must have an inborn ability to write and produce new stories in correct, concise and interesting style. Latest trend in this regard is that big groups of newspapers advertise the posts of trainees for which all graduates are eligible. After conducting the entrance examination, suitable graduate trainees, with flair for writing are selected and employed. In other words, now the formal academic qualification for being a reporter, copy writer or correspondent is not essential.
Personal Attributes: To become a journalist one should have an inquisitive mind, will power, an aptitude for presenting information in an accurate, concise and effective manner, organize their thoughts and to express themselves clearly both orally and in writing. At the same time a journalist has to be tactful, confident and organised while interviewing people from all walks of life. They must have the ability to sift relevant facts from the irrelevant. The ability to accept criticism and willingness to do considerable rewriting are also necessary.
JOB PROSPECTS & CAREER OPTIONS
Career Options in Journalism
Journalists can work as editors, reporters, columnists, correspondents, staff or freelance writer, photojournalists, proofreaders, news analysts etc. in print (newspapers and magazines) and electronic (Radio, Television and Web) media.