Career counselling: Here’s what it takes to become a journalist

  • Usha Albuquerque, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Jun 08, 2016 14:37 IST
Read a lot of newspapers and editorials to be able to do well as a journalist. (imagesbazaar)

I have pursued BCom (hons) from Delhi University and worked for two years in an auditing firm. I want pursue a career in journalism and mass communication now. Is radio and TV journalism better than mass communication course? Most of the top institutes offer diploma in mass media not a post graduate course. Is it a concern? Please help.

—Aarna Singh

Mass communication covers all the areas of work by which you communicate to large numbers of people. This includes both television and print journalism; advertising and public relations, event management and TV and film. Most courses in mass communications cover all these areas, in the first year of the programme and allow you to specialise in the field of choice in the second year. So, you can specialise in radio and TV journalism by doing a post graduate course in mass communication. You can take up mass communication after a degree in any subject, and be successful in this field if you have a flair for writing and an ability to communicate whether oral or written. However, a good journalist should have an interest in news and current affairs and be able to analyse and present events as they happen, with excellent ideas so as to be able to churn out exciting new stories every day. This means that you need to read a lot, particularly newspapers and editorials, be good in communication and have strong interpersonal skills, and be prepared to work at odd hours and travel wherever and whenever required. All journalists start out as reporters and learn from the experience they gain covering stories as they happen. If you have any reservations about being a reporter, I suggest you find out as much as you can about the career of journalism and try to evaluate how suitable you would be for such as career before taking up the study course.

I am a Class 12 student planning to pursue travel and tourism for my bachelors. I want to know more about this industry and career prospects in the sector.

—Pratha Mathur

There are diploma and certificate programmes in tourism, travel ticketing, tour guide training and tourism management. The duration of these courses generally ranges from two or six months to one year. You will learn about the method of booking and reserving tickets for scheduled flights, and also information to help guide the customer in planning their itinerary and making other necessary arrangements for the travel. The longer duration diploma course in travel management provides you complete knowledge of the travel and hospitality industry, while the tour guide training courses are conducted by the tourism offices of government of India, and some travel institutes. You can also learn a foreign language for a successful career in travel and tourism. You can take up any of the courses on offer – many of which also include some practical job experience – and complete a degree side by side through distance learning.

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Send your queries at ­hteducation@­ or to Career Counselling, HT Education, 1st floor, HT House, 18-20, KG Marg, New Delhi-110001. The columnist is director of Careers Smart, and author of the Penguin India Career Guides Vol 1 and 2

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