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Know, read, write

delhi Updated: Jun 19, 2009 01:49 IST
Dr Tarjeet Sabharwal

The University of Delhi offers the BA (Honours) Journalism course in English in five colleges—Delhi College of Arts and Commerce, Maharaja Agrasen (both co-ed), Lady Shri Ram College, Kamala Nehru College and Kalindi College (only for girls). Students who want to seek admission in any of these colleges have to take an entrance exam conducted by these colleges.

Students who want to seek admission in this course must have a keen interest in current affairs, ranging from fields as diverse as politics or economics to sports, entertainment or fashion.

A sound grounding in these areas can be achieved by reading newspapers and magazines regularly with an analytical approach.

Secondly, good communication skills and a flair for writing are added assets.

The course at DU is structured with a focus on areas of reporting and editing in print and television. The subjects offered during the entire three-year-period include Advertising, Public relations, Development Communication, International Relations, etc. Indian Government and Politics and Economic Planning in India are also taught in the first semester.

Academic Options

The Jamia Milia Islamia offers Post graduate degree courses in Mass Communication and Convergent Journalism. The Indian institute of Mass Communication offers a PG diploma in English Journalism, Radio& TV Journalism, Advertising and Public Relations, etc. The IP University offers a two-year post-graduate programme in journalism and mass communication. There are many other universities and institutions in and outside Delhi offering the PG programme. The most popular among them is the Asian College of Journalism at Chennai.

Career Options

During the course of study in their sixth semester it is mandatory for the students to intern in any media organisation/advertising agency/public relations institution for a period of eight weeks depending on their field of interest. This is a peg to learn the practical nuances of the profession.

Students keen on journalism in print can seek career openings in newspaper/ magazine offices.

Those interested in the electronic media have a variety of channels to choose from, not to forget the Doordarshan and the AIR. Making a career in the Adverting or Public relations world is another option.

The road does not end here. The other area to work with is NGO sector. Development Communication is the subject of the third semester which gives a deep understanding on development issues.

For a conscientious student the career options are not limited in this field.