Journalism is a one of the most sought after vocational course which has gained a coveted status over a period of time. It is a challenging career option and is not everyone's cup of tea. There is a lot of fierce competition and mere reporting of events and writing stories is not sufficient in today's ever changing phenomenon in the world of education. A complete specialization in a certain field is an absolute must to become a successful journalist.
A career in the media line is quite lucrative but at the same time quite demanding as well. The primary job of a journalist is to make news analysis, inform about numerous events happening in a city with the simplest form of interpretation. A journalist's job involves editing, news reporting, news reading and photography. Writing about finance & economics, sports & political news updates, culture, entertainment, fashion trends, various events and a wide spectrum of online media newspapers are also areas which come under this job field. The basic requirement for a student to get a journalism degree or diploma is to check the writing & editing skills as well as reporting.
Individuals can rise up the ladder within a short period of time, depending upon their specialization. Rather, having a specialization makes it a lot easier to hold a firm ground in the media industry. There are varieties of media- related programs which are available in many parts of Delhi or all over India, they teach the basic principles of media & ethics, history of the media industry, magazine editing, news anchoring and a few more aspects of the course. Sharpening these skills and having a command over the subject can only be achieved by rigorous practice as well as deep understanding about the subject of specialization.
In these courses students will also learn critical reviewing, copyediting, proof reading, news analysis, structure of a newspaper and how to make the news more appealing. During the last few months of completion of course, students, through their institute's placement cell go for an internship for about a period of 2-3 months to gain a practical experience. This directly gives them an exposure to the nature of work they will be doing in future in any media house, publishing house or private firms.
There are many institutes which impart education on journalism, depending upon the institute; candidates can opt for a diploma or a degree course. Indian Institute of Mass Communication (IIMC), Jamia Millia Islamia, Times School of Journalism, Asian School of Journalism, Delhi College of Arts and Commerce (DCAC) and Amity School of Media Studies are some of the best institutes which provide degrees and diplomas to students for journalism.
The job prospects are immense, it depends on a student's capability and understanding, as to how much success comes through it. All successful candidates need to remember that examination is the first step in this career; the real hard work comes after being selected. They need to devote long hours in order to gain a good percentage and reputation in this line. We wish all of them a very best of luck for their future.