Q. I want to Know about Journalism. I have passed 12th.?

Answer: Journalism is all about communicating information through various media and involves the collection and dissemination of news through articles, speech or visuals.

To get into the profession of Journalism you will need a flair for writing and an ability to express ideas. You should be open minded, unbiased and curious with wide ranging interests.

As for educational qualifications, it varies with the institutions. Generally a degree in any discipline is the minimum qualification for entry. Getting into leading newspapers in India will be easier if you have obtained a first class in graduation. You can also have a Bachelor degree in Journalism. Alternatively, you can opt for a Post Graduate Diploma in Journalism after graduation in any discipline.

Other degree/diploma which may also lead to you a job:

MA in a Literature (English or any other languages)/MA in Economics/Commerce/other subject
MA in Journalism
MA in Mass Communication & Journalism
Bachelor/ Master of Mass Communication & Journalism
MA/ Post Graduate Diploma in Mass Communication
MA/ Post Graduate Diploma in Broadcast Journalism
MA/ Post Graduate Diploma in Television Journalism
MA/ Post Graduate Diploma in Electronic Journalism
MBA/ Post Graduate Diploma in Management

Job prospects: You can be working in any of these

Newspapers, Magazines and periodicals, News agencies, National television and radio, Private television channels and FM channels, Regional press bureau of international papers/agencies/networks, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (Government of India), Related government agencies like Directorate of Advertising and Visual Publicity, Directorate of Field Publicity, Press sections of public and private sector corporations and
Freelancer/stringer among other options.

Some of the institutions offering Journalism and Mass communication courses:

  • Manipal Institute of Communication, Madhav Nagar , Manipal (MA In Communication)
  • A J K Mass Communication Research Centre, Jamia Millia Islamia , New Delhi 110025 (MA In Mass Communication)
  • University Of Pune, Department Of Communication Studies, Pune 411007 (Masters Of Communication Studies)
  • Indian Institute of Mass Communication, Aruna Asaf Ali Marg, JNU Campus, New Delhi 110067 (Various courses in Journalism and Mass communication)
  • Makhanlal Chaturvedi Rashtriya Patrakarita Viswavidyalaya , P B RSN 560, Trieochan Nagar , E 8 Area Colony , Bhopal 462016 (Various courses in Journalism and Mass communication)
  • Asian College Of Journalism, Kasturi Centre, 2, Anna Salai, Chennai 600002

* This list is indicative not exhaustive.