Journalism as a career in India
The Media & Entertainment industry in India is poised to register an incredible growth story. It is India’s sunrise sector and as per estimates, it will be worth a staggering Rs. 2,272 billion by 2018. While such forecasts spell no dearth of employment opportunities, what it also suggests is the need for trained manpower.
At present, the media industry itself is expanding at a rapid pace and there is intense competition among newspaper houses and broadcasters. There are over 90 news channels and over 70,000 newspapers in India and these numbers are constantly on the rise. With media houses competing to be the first one to report a news story, competent journalists are the need of the hour.
Given this current industry scenario, it’s worthwhile to look at journalism as a career option. NSHM Knowledge Campus offers UG & PG courses in Media Science. The curriculum for both the programmes has been designed to give students, the chance to orient themselves with theoretical & practical knowledge that a journalist must be equipped with.
What makes a successful journalist?
To make a good journalist, one must have a flair for writing, an inquisitive mind that loves to dig up details and a willingness to present the collected information in a manner that will interest readers and induce them to think on the subject.
What are the career prospects?
Journalism is broadly divided into two categories: Print, which consists of newspapers, journals, magazines, digests and news agencies; and Electronic, which consists of television, radio and the internet. Though news reported via television and print is consumed, news organizations are increasingly harnessing online technology to utilize the benefits of the Internet like providing up- to-date, searchable and sharable content.
The career options are as follows:
- Print Journalism – Begin as a feature writer or a reporter and work your way to the top of the ladder, to the position of a sub-editor and then to an editor. You can also work as a columnist, critic, photojournalist or cartoonist.
- Electronic/Broadcast Journalism – You can either be an on-air personality or a writer/producer of pieces that end up on air, or a mix of both.
- Web Journalism – Web journalism is about publishing news articles online across various platforms like social networking sites, blogs etc, the content for which can be produced in various formats like text, video, image or a rich mixture of all these. At NSHM, our course curriculum includes papers on New Media which aim to give students, the opportunity to learn the practices of web journalism. With social media exerting a pervasive influence, e-journalism will play a big role in the coming years.
Journalists bring the world to the living room of the common man and provide them with a looking glass to see what’s happening beyond their private space. In a democracy especially, they have a crucial role to play which is, to circulate information that will help people to exercise the rights of their citizenship. So they have to perform their duties with a lot of honesty and integrity.
With the current government endeavoring to bring India to the centre stage on the world forum with international marketing campaigns like ‘Make in India’, the nation is bound to be in the news for a whole lot of exciting reasons. And so, it’s probably the best time to consider a career in journalism in the country!