Career Option in Journalism

Jim Lehrer: A Look Back at a Career in Journalism

A.Field description

Text Box:  Not all can be present when something of importance happens. Newspapers that bring the latest developments around the world - and these days, the various news channels - hire men with an aptitude to be at the right place at the right time to gather relevant information about the developments, events, and convey it to the rest of the world/their readers or audience in an interesting manner.

B.Education Guide

Education Details & Eligibility:

To become a professional journalist, one should have a graduate degree (B.A) in Journalism. The degree and postgraduate degree courses are offered by private and government colleges in India and abroad.

Basic eligibility criteria:

10th, +2 (Higher Secondary students) with any group as the major or Diploma graduates in related fields can choose Bachelor degree in Journalism (B.A).

Course Duration:

The course duration for the various programs is as follows:

  • Diploma in Journalism is two years.
  • B.A (Bachelor of Journalism) is three years.
  • M.A (Journalism) is two years.
  • B.A /Diploma with Mass Communication & Journalism are also made available in many institutions.

Approximate Education Expenses:

The Total expense for doing Bachelor of Journalism and its related fields are as follows

  • B.A - Rs.23000/ per year - (3 Years)
  • M.A - Rs.35000/ per year - (2 Years)

Bank loans and private loans can be easily arranged by directly contacting the banks through the college administration.

Additional Skills:

The elements of journalism:

“The Elements of Journalism”, a book by Bill Kovach and Tom Rosensteil, says that there are nine elements of journalism. In order for a journalist to fulfill their duty of providing the people with the information they need to be free and self-governing. They must follow these guidelines:

  • Journalism's first obligation is to the truth.
  • Its first loyalty is to the citizens.
  • Its essence is discipline of verification.
  • Its practitioners must maintain an independence from those they cover.
  • It must serve as an independent monitor of power.
  • It must provide a forum for public criticism and compromise.
  • It must strive to make the significant interesting, and relevant.
  • It must keep the news comprehensive and proportional.
  • Its practitioners must be allowed to exercise their personal conscience.

Higher Education Options:

After successful completion of the Bachelor degree, the options for higher education are plenty. A person with the above degree can opt for higher education in the following fields

C. Institutions that offers this Education

Almost all the universities and institutes involving Arts offer Bachelors degree in Journalism and its related fields.
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D. Job Opportunities and Job Roles

The career options that exist for journalist graduates are quite extensive. Some of them are:

  • Subeditors
  • reporters,/correspondents
  • columnists,
  • staff or freelance writer,
  • photojournalists,
  • news analysts etc
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