Journalism And Mass Communication: Career, Top Colleges, Job Prospects

Journalism & Mass Communication is one of the most popular courses nowadays among students. Mass Communication, in general, refers to the distribution of message and information to a large collection of people, whether it may be the country or across the globe. Mass communication can mean any sorts of medium for information transfer to the audience. These might be radio, newspaper, television, social networking, billboards. When it comes to Journalism, its all about transmitting of the right news to the right audience with rigorous verification & various presentation.

Journalism is the act of gathering, analyzing, creating, and presenting news and information to a large group of audience. It is a distinct form of communication where the journalist delivers a one-way message or story to the audience as per his or her observations and discoveries on a particular happening. This type of storytelling is presented in different forms, like Breaking news, Feature stories, Investigative reports, Editorials, Reviews, Blogs.

Whereas, Mass communication is the process of conveying the message through the channels of communication including broadcast television, radio, social media, and print media to a large group of anonymous and heterogeneous audience. Even though journalism and mass communication are two different aspects but they are interrelated and interdependent on each other.

Journalism and Mass communication is the course study for a  career path which gives fame, prestige, and money at a time that is why a career in journalism engrosses many students towards it. The students who don’t have much idea about this course would get a clear idea after reading the following information.

Areas of Specialisation-
  • Electronic media
  • Print Media
  • Web media

Top Colleges

In India, there are a lot of institutes who follows the discipline of Journalism & Mass Communication and allows students to study in these courses. Here is the list of best
colleges for Journalism & Mass Communication course.
  • Indian Institute of Journalism and New Media (IIJNM), Bangalore
  • Symbiosis Institute of Journalism & Mass Communication (SIMC), Pune
  • Indian Institute of Journalism & Mass Communication (IIMC), New Delhi
  • Mudra Institute of Communications (MICA), Ahmedabad
  • Asian College of Journalism, Chennai             
  • Xavier Institute of Communication (XIC), Mumbai.
  • Sharda University, Noida
  • Mahatma Gandhi Mission College of Journalism and Mass Communication – Aurangabad
  • Punjab University, Chandigarh

Highlights

Course Duration
For Graduation: 3 years | For Post-graduation: 2 years
Course Fee
INR 50, 000 to 5 Lacs
Avg. Salary
INR 2.45 to 9 Lacs
Working Areas
Advertising Agencies, Books and Novels, Circulation & Public Relations, Broadcasting Corporations, Central Information Service, TV Channels, Radio Telecasting Companies, Photography Companies, Periodicals & Magazines


Courses & Eligibility

Course
Duration
Eligibility
Entrance
Graduate3 yearsMinimum of 50% marks in 10, +2 from a recognized college.ACJEE, IIJMCEE
Post Graduate2 yearsMinimum of 50% marks in graduation from any stream from a recognized university.ISBMEE, MICEE

Top Recruiters:

The discipline brings a lot of opportunities for the students. Here are the top recruiters for this course listed below.
  • Indian Express
  • LT Finance
  • Max New York Life
  • Tata Steel
  • Times of India Group
  • India Today Group
  • Anand Bazar Patrika
  • Zee Entertainment Enterprise
  • CNBC
  • Guardian Group
  • BBC
  • ABC
  • AIR
  • NDTV Network
  • Hindustan Times Group of Publication
  • Zee TV Network
  • Viacom
  • Big Entertainment
  • TV 18 Groups

Admission Process:

Those who want to pursue their career in Journalism and Mass Media Communication can start by doing the Bachelors in the stated discipline. To get into the bachelor's or master's, the candidate has to appear in one of the entrance exams required by the selected institute. After the examination, the admission process will vary as per the institutes' norms.

Syllabus and courses:

The syllabus for Journalism and Mass Media Communication includes all the major sectors available in the discipline and the detailed studies on the topics. These topics are Radio Broadcasting, TV Broadcasting, Photojournalism, Advertising, Writing for Media, English Literature, Media Management, History and Development of Mass Media, etc.

Skills Required:

Media is a sensitive yet interesting field to work. In this field, responsibility matters a lot. Those who want to pursue a career in this field should have basic ideas about the profession and how things work. The candidate also should have a keen interest in Mass Media and Technology. The profiles required the candidates to be creative in many ways that can be possible. Keep in mind that, the courses can only give knowledge in the technical aspects but cannot build someone into an excellent journalist. For this one must be diplomatic, confident and structured, must have a nose for news, ability to write and produce news stories with correct and appealing style. He must have the capability of accepting criticism and the skill of filtering relevant facts from the irrelevant ones.

Top Entrances:

While choosing Journalism & Mass Communication for the career, the students need to qualify one of these entrance exams to go ahead with their choices. These are,
  • Asian College of Journalism Entrance Exam
  • Indian Institute of Journalism & Mass Communication Entrance Exam
  • International School of Business and Media Entrance Exam
  • Jamia Milia Islamia Entrance Exam
  • Manipal Institute of Communication Entrance Exam
  • Symbiosis Institute of Journalism & Mass Communication Entrance Exam
  • Xavier Institute of Communications Entrance Exam
  • Mudra Institute of Communication Entrance Exam
  • Andhra University Common Entrance Test
  • Symbiosis National Aptitude Test

Job Profile
Job Description
Average Salary Per Annum
Content WriterAs a content writer, a person has to be responsible for the contents required for the organization or the website. The candidate has to create, write and edit the required types of content for the job.
2 - 4 lakhs
Content ManagerThe 'Content Manager' profile requires the candidates to work with various writers, freelancers and other personnel (who contributes to creative works) and maintain the quality of the work. The candidate has to edit the material as per the requirements and use it in the respective area.
5 - 7 lakhs
EditorAn editor has to proofread, edit & rewrite the content. The editor helps the writers in refining their work and correcting all the errors related to grammar, style and other stuff.
3 - 5 lakhs
Photojournalist
The essential role of a Photojournalist is to be a visual storyteller. By capturing, altering, and exhibiting pictures, they recount a story in a way that no other media can. Often, Photojournalists are independent picture takers and offer their photographs to different organizations around the globe.
4 - 6  lakhs

FAQs:

Q: What are the career options available in Journalism & Mass Communication?
A: In Journalism & Mass Communication, a student can opt for a content writer, editor, Journalist, Senior Graphic Designer, Relationship Manager, etc. For detailed career guidance in Journalism & Mass Communication check out the Career and Job Prospects section above.

Q: How much can a candidate expect as a Journalist?
A: As a journalist, one can expect a salary range from INR 310,000 to INR 610,000 per annum.

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