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Career in Journalism – Eligibility Criteria, In-Demand Courses And Top Universities | All You Need to Know

Planning a career in journalism? Here is a list of types of careers in the media industry along with the top courses and colleges to join. Education Desk ● Updated: June 2, 2021 3:17 am | Edited By: Nivedita R

If you are planning on opting for a career in journalism after class 12th, then we are here to guide you on the same. If you are someone who is inquisitive, has a creative bent of mind and a willingness to deal with challenging new task every day, then journalism is a right career option for you.

In fact, with the ever-expanding digital space in the country, there are a lot of job opportunities for students willing to opt for journalism as a career option. In today’s time, the journalism industry comprises of a range of dynamic job opportunities apart from the traditional reporting or a writing-based desk job including public relations, advertising, digital journalism and so on.

In a bid to help you to make a more informed choice in this field, here we have curated a list of popular career options, their eligibility criteria, and top universities to choose from for a better professional career growth in this field.

Here’s all you need to know

  • Journalism

As glamorous as it may seem from the outside, journalism as a career isn’t actually a cake walk. In this, you would be required to prepare written, visual, or audio material for disseminating information through public media with reference to factual, ongoing events of public concern. It deals with the broadcast world such as TV and Radio, Digital journalism, Print Journalism and so on. The field of journalism is considered one of the fastest growing areas within the larger discipline of communication research and media studies.

Eligibility criteria:  A bachelor’s degree in Journalism. Students can also opt for PG diploma courses in Journalism after graduation.

Courses in Journalism

  1. BJ (Bachelor of Journalism)
  2. BJMC (Bachelor of Journalism and Mass Communication)
  3. BA – JMC (Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Mass Communication)
  4. BCJ (Bachelor of Communication and Journalism)
  5. BMM (Bachelor of Mass Media)
  6. BJ (Hons) (Bachelor of Journalism (Honours))
  7. BA – Mass Communication (Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication)

Top Universities/institutes in Journalism

  1. Kamala Nehru College for Women, Delhi
  2. Indian Institute of Journalism and New Media, Bengaluru
  3. Lady Shri Ram College for Women, Delhi
  4. IIMC, New Delhi
  5. Xavier Institute of Communication, Mumbai
  6. Film and Television Institute of India, Pune
  • Advertising

Advertising is one of the most in-demand career choices in India. It focuses on creating demand, encourages marketing, and establishes a direct contact between manufacturers and consumers. The main purpose of advertising is to promote a brand through broadcast, print or digital media.

Eligibility criteria: For certificate courses: 10+2; For graduate degree in mass communication:10+2; For postgraduate diploma courses: graduation.

List of popular courses in advertising

  1. Diploma/PG Diploma in Advertising & Photography
  2. Diploma/PG Diploma in Advertising
  3. PG Diploma in Marketing Communications Management
  4. PG Diploma in Advertising and Marketing Communication
  5. Integrated BA in Advertising, Sales Promotion & Sales Management (after 10+2)
  6. MBA – Advertising, Public Relations, Sales Marketing

Top Universities in Advertising

  1. Indian Institute of Mass Communication, JNU Campus, New Delhi
  2. Xavier Institute of Communications, Mumbai
  3. Annamalai University, Chennai
  4. Guru Jambeshwar University, Haryana
  5. Kurukshetra University, Haryana
  6. Madurai Kamaraj University, Madurai
  7. Punjabi University, Patiala
  • Mass Communication

Mass Communication is a holistic course that introduces you to a range of streams like – news-reading, reporting, columnist, editor, anchoring, radio jockey, public relations, advertising, production, acting, web journalism, social media etc.

Eligibility criteria: Written tests, group discussions and personal interviews for a particular media or mass communication course at a university.

Courses in Mass Communication

  1. BA (Mass Communication)
  2. BBA (Mass Media Management)
  3. PG Diploma.(Mass Communication & Journalism)
  4. MA (Communication and Journalism)
  5. MA (Mass Communication & Journalism)
  6. MA (Mass Communication)
  7. M. B.A. (Mass Media Management)
  8. PhD in Mass communication

Top Universities/institutes to study Mass Communication

  1. Anna Malai University, Chennai
  2. Madurai Kamraj University, Chennai
  3. Symbiosis Institute of Journalism and Mass Communication
  4. Film and Television Institute of India(FTII), Chennai and Kolkata
  5. Assam University, Assam
  6. University of Kolkata
  7. Aligarh Muslim University, U.P
  8. Banaras Hindu University, U.P
  9. Guru Nanak Dev University
  10. Punjab University
  11. Kurukshetra University, Haryana
  12. Jawahar Lal Nehru University, New Delhi
  13. Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University, New delhi
  14. Sardar Patel University, Gujarat
  • Public Relations

For the uninitiated, public relations differs from advertising in that it is less obtrusive, and aimed at providing a more comprehensive opinion to a large audience in order to shape public opinion. Unlike advertising, public relations professionals only have control until the message is related to media gatekeepers who decide where to pass the information on to the audience.

Eligibility criteria: A bachelor’s degree.

List of courses in Public Relations

  1. MA (Advertising and Public Relations)
  2. PG Diploma (Advertising and Public Relations)
  3. MBA (Advertising and Public Relations)

Top universities/institutes to study Public Relations

  1. Indian Institute of Mass Communication, Delhi
  2. Madurai Kamraj University, Chennai
  3. Aligarh Muslim University, U.P
  4. Kurukshetra University, Haryana
  5. Guru Jambeshwar University, Harayana
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