Career in Journalism

DESCRIPTION

Journalism: Journalists research, write, edit, proofread and file news stories, features and articles for use on television and radio or within magazines, journals and newspapers, in print and online. Most jobs require a qualification accredited by the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ).

Career Opportunities in Journalism

  • Broadcast Journalism: Broadcast journalists are those who present information to the mass audience through electronic medium – Radio or Television and not in the print form. Their job is to present accurate, interesting and eye-catching information to gather attention of the public. They work in the field of politics, war, and environment.
  • Social Media: Journalism has changed with the emergence of social media. Websites such as Facebook, Twitter, and Linked-In now serve as news sources for many of their followers. Degree in Journalism will help you secure the most sought-after jobs in social media.
  • Public Relations: Public relations managers work is to gather attention of the public with intent to pursue them regarding their product, idea or company. Their job is to influence opinion and behavior of the audience. Their job is to bring accomplishment to their client by using all forms of media channels.
  • Sports Journalism: With sports arena growing in recent years, sports journalist has a major role in the news media organization. As a sports journalist, you can handle various job duties such as reporting game statistics, interviewing players & coaches. A sports journalism career is sure to be an exhilarating one.
  • Investigative Journalist: Investigative journalist does an in-depth investigation of an event or situation. Their main focus is to present a part of information that someone is trying to hide. Investigative reporters are behind many of the reforms that we see today.
  • Freelance Writer: Unlike earlier scenario where a journalist would become part of a particular publication, now more and more writers are opting for freelancing. They are self-employed and thus their own boss. They work for different publications for short period of time. The more diverse a writer is, he/she is paid better in the industry.
  • Foreign Correspondent: Foreign correspondents report primarily from a foreign location. They provide their own perspective of the event taking place. They are supposed to be up to date about regions history, current events and culture.
  • Newspaper Reporter: News reporter or a Correspondent, they gather news worthy information to inform people about the important events taking place around them. They gather information from various resources and may work in a specific beat according to their writing style.
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PATHWAY

  Pathway 1 Pathway 2
Stream Clear Class XII in Any Stream Clear Class XII in Commerce Stream
Bachelors Pursue Bachelors in Journalism/Mass Communication /BA Hon. (English/Mass Communication) for 3 years Under Grad. in Mass & Communication In Canada
Masters Pursue Masters in Journalism for 2 years Pursue Diploma/ Masters in Mass communication/Journalism for 1- 2 years

SKILLS REQUIRED

  • Ability to “think online” – the ability to adapt and learn as technology changes
  • Storytelling across mediums
  • Writing across platforms, including Web writing
  • Copy editing, good typing speed
  • Researching and guiding
  • Curiosity and healthy skepticism
  • Strong technical skills
  • Understanding of the changing media landscape and media consumption -}Ability to manage, moderate and participate in interactivity
  • Data management including interactive graphics and databases
  • Energy and passion

DEMAND

Journalism as a career in India can pay well as you rise in the ranks. Entry-level positions start at around Rs. 3 lakh per annum while the mid and senior-level positions are between Rs. 8 lakh to 15 lakh per annum. For celebrity journalists, the salary can go much higher.

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