Growth Potential in the Profession of Journalism in India

2 January 2018
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The modern era of communication and technology demands widespread dissemination of information about each happening in every nook and corner of the world. The mass media communications have been playing a prominent role in spreading relevant information across the globe. Right from newspapers and radios to televisions and the internet, there are various means of mass communication available today to spread the information to the general public. Journalists are indeed the ones playing a significant role in aiding this practice and are fancied to hold a prestigious career that plays a magnanimous role in the country’s development and mass communication.


The sheer proliferation of media in day-to-day lives has opened doors for a new and creative field of study related to journalism and mass communication. A career in journalism is a fast-developing professional field in India that is gaining immense popularity in the recent years, especially among the creative and expressive extroverts. If you are one talented and hard-working individual with a dash of passion towards this field, a career in journalism will certainly endow you with a lucrative pay and perhaps even fame. Today’s growing importance of the media has brought numerous opportunities in this field and the job demand is rousing.


Journalism, as a multi-faceted field, holds a variety of career options in India. It can be broadly classified as print media, which includes newspapers, journals, magazines, digests and news agencies; and electronic media, which includes television, radio, and the internet. The career options in both these categories are varied and numerous to count on. Few of the career options related to journalism are Print Journalism, which includes feature writer, a reporter, sub-editor, an editor, columnist, critic, photojournalist or cartoonist, and Electronic/Broadcast Journalism that includes an on-air personality or a writer/producer. However, in the recent times, Web Journalism is gaining much popularity as the social media is exerting a pervasive influence in all walks of life. The e-journalism across various online platforms like social networking sites, blogs, etc. is all set to become a trend-setting media in the coming years.


Although journalism is really a good field, it requires more of practical groundwork rather than merely a theoretical study. A degree in journalism and mass communication enables the students to learn about the nitty-gritty of the field from industry experts, which provides a massive boost to their personality and augment their interpersonal skills.


The common role of a journalist is to inform, interpret, report, and educate the masses with relevant facts and information about the happenings in the society and the world. Generally, journalists specialize in diverse fields, such as politics, entertainment, finance, economics, investigation, culture, and sports, among others.


With the modern advancements in the fields of communication and technology, the opportunities for journalists are growing endlessly, though the job is becoming more and more challenging. Gone are the days when journalists simply used to report the stories of events to people. Today, such a shallow reporting is no longer sufficient and journalists have to put in more specialization and professionalism in their reporting. This is why relevant education has become essential for journalists to develop and enhance their journalism-related traits and skills to the fullest potential.


Journalism Career in India:


The Media & Entertainment industry in India has shown an incredible growth potential in the recent decades and is considered to be the sunrise sector for the country’s economy. With an anticipated growth CAGR of 13.9 percent during 2016-21, the industry is expected to reach a whopping US$ 37.55 billion. While the television segment is dominating the entire media and entertainment industry, it is expected to grow at a CAGR of 14.7 percent. The television, print, and films segment altogether account for 79.54 percent of the market share in 2016, in terms of value. With such an impressive growth forecast, there seems to be no dearth of employment opportunities in the journalism sector.


Careers in the field of journalism and mass communication require highly qualified and skilled professionals. For a student to pursue a career in this field successfully, he/she should go for a Bachelor’s degree followed by a postgraduate degree in journalism and mass communication. UG and PG courses in the field give students the chance to orient themselves with the theoretical and practical knowledge/skills that a journalist must be equipped with. Besides that, additional coursework, internship, fieldwork, specialized training, and practical exposure helps to develop skills and aptitude matrix in students, further raising their chances of employment in the field.


Journalism and Mass Communication Program at IMS:


The fast-paced growth rate and the introduction of new technologies suggest that there would be more demand for trained manpower in the sector in the upcoming years. Given the current industry scenario, it is worthwhile to consider journalism as a viable career option when procured from a reputed and well-established institution like IMS, Noida.


School of Journalism & Mass Communication (SJMC) at IMS, Noida is known for its world-class standards of education in the field of journalism and media education. The institution strives to provide an intensive media education and training that enables students to develop and build their individual expertise with the help and guidance of the professionally and academically accomplished faculty. Moreover, the collaborative learning environment at IMS upholds the philosophy and vision of IMS School of Journalism and Mass Communication, which is committed to providing an integrated and comprehensive education that is regularly updated to meet the challenges of the contemporary media.


Owing to the reputation that IMS SJMC has maintained in the education world, the institute has been recently ranked as one of the Top 10 Journalism Institutes across India by Outlook Magazine (English / Hindi) Annual Survey for its top-notch curriculum, learning pedagogy, eminent faculty, and knowledge dissemination.


Overall, the IMS Noida School of Journalism and Mass Communication (SJMC) strives to educate and train students to transform them into highly capable media professionals enriched with experience and expertise. We owe the responsibility to generate efficient journalists, strategic communicators, teachers, and researchers, who are equipped with all the essentials to serve and contribute to the Journalism and Communication World.

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