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Journalism is curating, researching, preparing and distributing news and opinions via print, broadcast or digital mediums.

What does a Journalist do?

Primary tasks of a Journalist are

  • Collect, compile and interpret facts about news events by observation and conducting interviews and investigations

  • Work with reporters and editors to develop and generate new content

  • Reviewing, proofreading, and editing different drafts

  • Develop and write stories for different mediums such as newspapers, magazines, books, television, internet

What do I need to become a journalist?

  • Class 12th with minimum 50% marks (minimum percentage may vary in case of reserved and girl candidate and college requirement).

  • Excellent Communication and in some cases English speaking and writing skills (Usually English language platforms)

  • Entrance tests of respective colleges (varies from Institute to Institute)

Where do I study journalism?

Top Colleges for Journalism are

  • Indian Institute of Mass Communication

  • Symbiosis Institute of Media And Communication (SIMC

  • Jamia Millia Islamia

  • Mudra Institute of Communications (MICA)

  • Makhanlal Chaturvedi National University of Journalism and Communication (MCNUJC);

  • National Institute of Mass Communication and Journalism

Popular colleges for journalism are 

  • Christ University

  • Vivekananda Institute of Professional Studies

  • Xavier Institute of Communications (XIC)

  • Asian College Of Journalism (ACJ) and many more.

Some of the popular courses for journalism are: Diploma in Journalism & Mass Communication (DJMC) (2yrs); B.A. with Journalism (3yrs); Bachelor of Journalism (B.J) (3yrs); Bachelor of Journalism and Mass Communication (BJMC) (3yrs); B.Sc in Mass Communication, Journalism and Advertising; BA in Convergent Journalism; Bachelor of Media Science (3yrs)

What are the required skills?

  • Editing

  • Writing Procedures & Documentation

  • Attention to detail

  • Critical thinking

  • Online Research

  • Technical Writing

  • Social Media Marketing

  • Can make objective analysis

What are the job prospects?

After getting an undergrad degree you can pursue a career in the field of Journalism, Teaching, Higher studies such as MBA in Media and Communication or doctoral studies.

Popular Job profiles are Journalist (Rs 338,520), Editor (Rs 200k - Rs 1m); Content Writer (Rs 141k - Rs 508k); Copy Editor (Rs 144k - Rs 576k); Reporter; Copywriter (Rs 195k - Rs 714k); Digital Marketing Manager (Rs 224k - Rs 1m); Columnist, Reporter, Anchor, among others.

If you have a keen interest in the events happening all over the world and have good observation skills then it is the perfect career option for you. It is a very prestigious career which gives you respect in society and attractive salaries. Media is considered as the fourth pillar of democracy, hence, this career option also brings a lot of responsibility.

 (All salaries are per annum)

How much you can expect to earn?

The average salary of a journalist in India is Rs 338,520 according to Payscale.  An entry-level journalist with less than 1 year of experience can get average compensation of Rs 257,605. An early career journalist with 1-4 years of experience earn on average Rs 309,375 and with 5-9 years of experience, professionals earn Rs 494,630. Journalists working on mediums such as electronic, digital or broadcasting earns more than the print mediums. (All salaries are per annum).

What is the expected cost?

The cost of getting an undergraduate, postgraduate or diploma degree in journalism varies from college to college and also depends upon the type of course and institute you have chosen. Government colleges have low fees as compared to private institutes. To get an idea, we have mentioned the fee structure of both the public and a private college.

Indian Institute of Mass Communication: 47,000 - 1,23,000/- (PG Diploma full course)

Ashutosh College B.A. (Hons.) in Journalism and Mass Communication: Rs 64,530 (Total fees of the program)

What are the books and study material for Journalism?

To get into a good journalism college, the preparation starts way back. If you have a knack for journalism and good observation skills, then it is the right career for you. Some key points are

  • Read newspapers thoroughly and regularly

  • Keep notes of important world and national events

  • Use flashcards and other suitable methods to improve your vocabulary. Try to learn a new word every day and use them in sentences.

  • Read about one personality every day who is in the news

  • Watch news programs on channels such as BBC and others

  • If there is a time constraint then you can use guides and question banks available in the market. Make sure you buy it from renowned publications

  • Keep yourself updated on the current affairs and general information

Who are the major recruiters?

Some of the top recruiters are Times of India, India Today, Star India, Outlook, ABP News, The Hindu, Doordarshan, Indian Express, HT Media, Jagran Prakash Group, Genpact, News 18, and a number of local and regional media companies.

Interesting Facts

In 1780, James August Hickey founded the first newspaper in India. The newspaper was called the Bengal Gazette.