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  • 1. The informal guide to aformal questionBy Rupkamal Sarma copyright rupkamal sarma
  • 2. What do we talk about? Eight reasons for and against being a journalist Factors to keep in mind while choosing a college Where do you go to study? Preparing for the exam The interview Online journalism in India Some niche areas of reporting you can focus on copyright rupkamal sarma
  • 3. Eight reasons FOR and AGAINST being a journalist I use the word ‘journalist’ here in the conventional sense for a person working with a conventional TV, print or radio media house. I am not addressing the ‘citizen journalist’. copyright rupkamal sarma
  • 4. Don’t be a journalist !!! If glamour is your calling - Many young aspiring journalists, especially broadcast media aspirants, are egged on by the idea that journalism means instant visibility and fame. Yes, being a journalist for a national or regional media house can give you credibility but don’t assume that it will happen overnight. There is a lot of hard work behind the scenes if you really want to learn. copyright rupkamal sarma
  • 5. Don’t be a journalist !!! If you mind sleeping in a single room accommodation on the floor till the age of 30 (and sometimes 35) - No, don’t lapse into coma. I am kidding. Pay slips would vary from region to region in the world but yes it can be difficult starting out as a journalist. copyright rupkamal sarma
  • 6. Don’t be a Journalist!!! If you seek an outlet for creative writing Do you write good poetry? Are you the one who topped the annual creative writing contest in high school? Better stick to that. Although, there is a genre of creative nonfiction writing, most prominent in America, with poor newspaper circulation and even poorer attention spans of people, print media is embracing the mantra of ‘less is more’. copyright rupkamal sarma
  • 7. Don’t be a Journalist!!! If you want to change the world - Ouch! Did that hurt? So here is some bad news. You are not going to change the world - Not anytime soon. But you will definitely be in a position to influence lives either for good or for bad for a small community around you. copyright rupkamal sarma
  • 8. Don’t be a Journalist!!! If you want to have a regular 9 to 5 job – Journalism is the last profession on earth to have fixed working hours. Although, 8 hours is the minimum you usually are supposed to put in, generally working hours exceed far beyond that. Most holidays do not apply to a newspaper or the broadcast media. copyright rupkamal sarma
  • 9. Now let’s move on to the good part  DO BECOME A JOURNALIST copyright rupkamal sarma
  • 10. DO BECOME A JOURNALIST !!! If you are a very curious person –Always be curious, very curious. “Now in my seventies, I still have as much curiosity as I had at age twenty-two. Curiosity is the beginning. That’s not something we are going to get from the Columbia School of Journalism or the University of Missouri.” – Gay Talese Curiosity will lead to development of news sense or what I call, different thinking. copyright rupkamal sarma
  • 11. DO BECOME A JOURNALIST!!! If you are adaptable – How well can you adapt to people, places and situations? The hallmark of a good journalist is his ability to adapt in different, mostly unfamiliar circumstances. copyright rupkamal sarma
  • 12. DO BECOME A JOURNALIST !!! If you want to learn more about life and people Ok. So you can interact with people from behind a desk at the reception of Hotel Magnificent and probably learn a lot from there too so what’s so different about journalism? It gives you tremendous exposure about how things work – be it in your own community or at a national level. Journalism also gives you a better understanding of past, present and future. copyright rupkamal sarma
  • 13. DO BECOME A JOURNALIST !!! If you love thinking on your feet and you love doing different things every day copyright rupkamal sarma
  • 14. DO BECOME A JOURNALIST!!! Last but not the least – If you don’t religiously follow anything taught to you in Journalism school - Journalism school doesn’t turn out a finished product. What it turns out is a product that gets packaged and repackaged over and over a period of time. copyright rupkamal sarma
  • 15. FACTORS TO KEEP IN MIND WHILECHOOSING A COLLEGE Industry credibility – Reputation Faculty Facilities Placement record copyright rupkamal sarma
  • 16. WHERE DO YOU STUDY? Gauhati University - One of the oldest journalism departments in the country; set up in 1967 COURSE: M.A. in Mass Communication. This is a full-time four-semester two-year programme with a total of 16 papers with several options for specialization in the Third Semester including Rural Communication, Film Studies, Women and Media among others. Website: copyright rupkamal sarma
  • 17. TEZPUR UNIVERSITY Programmes : PhD, M.A. and PGDMMC (1 year) website: copyright rupkamal sarma
  • 18. INDIAN INSTITUTE OF MASSCOMMUNICATION (New Delhi) Post-graduate Diploma Course in: Journalism [English / Hindi / Radio & Television / Oriya] Advertising & Public Relations Website: copyright rupkamal sarma
  • 19. Asian College of Journalism COURSE: PG Diploma in Journalism (with specialization in PRINT, TV, NEW MEDIA OR RADIO journalism) ACJ is finalizing an exclusive association with Cardiff University in Wales, UK, which will qualify students who clear a set benchmark to top up their diploma credits with a 15,000 word Dissertation Project, leading to the award of the universitys M.A. Journalism degree. To be eligible to apply for this top-up M.A. degree from the UK s topnotch university and journalism school, students should : i) successfully complete the 120-credit ACJ Postgraduate Diploma in Journalism ii) achieve an average grade of B or above over the ACJ Postgraduate Diploma course iii) achieve a grade of B or above in the Dissertation Module of the ACJ Postgraduate Diploma iv) satisfy all other requirements as will be detailed, including the requirement for proficiency in written and spoken English language v) have their dissertation subject approved by the Chair of the Board of Studies concerned or his/her nominee There will be a separate/additional fee for the top up M.A. degree, which will be notified once the scheme is approved by Cardiff University. copyright rupkamal sarma
  • 20. AJ Kidwai Mass Comm ResearchCentre, JAMIA MILIA ISLAMIA Ph.D. The Centre offers Ph.D. in various disciplines of Mass Communication M.A. in Mass Communication Two year programme leading to a Master’s degree M.A. in Convergent Journalism Two year programme leading to a Master’s degreeContinued on next slide copyright rupkamal sarma
  • 21. Continued… P.G. Diploma in Development Communication Self Financed Full Time Diploma Course of One Year Duration PG Diploma in Broadcast Technology One year Full Time Course P G Diploma in Still Photography One year Course PG Diploma in Graphics and Animation For any admission related query write to Website: copyright rupkamal sarma
  • 22. Pune University Master of communication and Journalism (MJMC): Two years, full time Masters course in credit and semester system Diploma in Mass Media: One year, part-time diploma course.Website: copyright rupkamal sarma
  • 23. Symbiosis Institute of MassCommunication MMC (Master of Mass Communication) copyright rupkamal sarma
  • 24. Some other schools Times centre for media and management studies website: IIJNM – Indian Institute of Journalism and New Media website: 9.9 school of convergence website: Xavier Institute of Communication(XIC) - website: copyright rupkamal sarma
  • 25. Some other schools (continued) Mudra Institute of Symbiosis Institute of Mass Communication• Manorama School of Communication, copyright rupkamal sarma
  • 26. PREPARING FOR ENTRANCE EXAMS Reading the newspapers will help you get a good grasp on current affairs and also magazines like Frontline, The Week, and India Today will help you in writing essay type topics. Objective type questions are asked in almost all entrance exams in institutes like ACJ, IIMC so your habit of scanning the papers will help you. copyright rupkamal sarma
  • 27. THE INTERVIEW MOST IMPORTANT - Be yourself Be honest and to–the-point with your answers Dress sober Generally questions will be asked about your background and what you have been doing till date. If you don’t know the answer to a question admit that you don’t know. You don’t get extra points for bluffing. copyright rupkamal sarma
  • 28. PRE-REQUISITES FOR WORKINGOUTSIDE THE STATE Adaptability Fluency in English writing and preferably speaking Learning the local language ( You can survive without it if you are on the desk but you will miss many good stories on the field) copyright rupkamal sarma
  • 29. AFTER YOU GET ADMITTEDGO ONLINE Get an Internet connection Enhance your social media knowledge Start a blog or register on a free website,,,, Get your journalism basics right Start writing unique content Learn the basics of online marketing - If you have a great post but have no one to read it, you are done for. Network, connect virtually copyright rupkamal sarma
  • 30. SOME NICHE AREAS YOU CANFOCUS ON (and hopefully convinceyour editor to focus on) Travel writing –,, Environmental reporting Science reporting - , Cultural Reporting copyright rupkamal sarma
  • 31. RESOURCES The Universal Journalist - David Randall On writing well - William Zinsser Inside Reporting – Tim Harrower Songbad, Songbad Potro aru Sangbadikota Radhika Mohan Bhagawati copyright rupkamal sarma
  • 32. THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME copyright rupkamal sarma