The International Media Institute of India (IMII), in partnership with the International Center for Journalists (ICFJ), an international non-profit, professional organisation, promoting journalism worldwide, is all set to begin its first 11-month diploma course in Journalism at its Noida campus from July 5, 2010. Journalists from India and abroad will be training 30 students who would be taken in on the basis of a test in which their language skills would be tested. Any graduate with good writing skills, either in English or Hindi, can apply.
Aspiring journalists will get state-of-the-art multimedia training. They will learn to research and report stories for print, audio, video, web and social media platforms. They will work in real-life environment, be it reporting or editing, and meet deadlines. According to Jody Mc Phillips, Academic Consultant, IMII, the course would focus more on practical training than theory classes and students would be given hands-on training from day one and this is where the course is likely to score over most of the journalism courses offered in the country.
“We will have the latest equipment, and I am not talking about just the laptops. We will have flip cameras and other gadgets, which will help students record video and audio. The students, everyday, will go out with these equipment on given assignments and come back and work in groups of 4/5 with instructors who will judge the nature and quality of the inputs and guide the students to the audio or video room where they will see their work/news or feature stories take shape. Thus they will learn to work real-time and never be afraid of gadgets or deadlines,” says Dave Bloss, academic consultant, IMII.
The full course fee at Rs 50,000 is subsidised by the US-based Knight and MacArthur Foundations, which have provided the start-up funding for the project. Students may visit