Because of information revolution in the country everybody wants to be
connected with other parts of the world through varied means of
information and communication technology. Therefore the utility of mass
communication in everyday?s life has really increased. These days
various tools of mass communication like newspapers, magazines,
journals, radio, TV etc are accessible to everybody irrespective of age
and education. Gone are those days when remotest of villages in the
country have no access to many national and regional newspapers. Today
situation is totally changed.
Even remote villagers are aware of the national and international events through local and national newspapers. This shows the significance of print media in modern man?s everyday life. Now newspaper and magazines are playing the role of national building by disseminating two ways information between the government and the people. Today?s newspaper and magazines are become an alternative forum of redressing of public grievances. The direct result is proliferation of newspapers, magazines and journals in the country and opening of many career opportunities of the youths.
Print Journalism course is a sub-group which comes under the general Journalism/Masscom course. There are several Bachelor's/Post-Graduate degrees in journalism/masscom. Minimum eligibility for Bachelor degree in journalism is 10+2 and for Post graduate degree courses a Bachelor degree in journalism. The duration of these courses differ form institutes to institute. Moreover some institutes also provide one year certificate courses in journalism for which eligibility is 10+2. There are also courses in specialized areas of journalism like sports, television, photo, press law etc.
Career opportunities in Print journalism are many. The newspapers and magazines today cover a wide range of specialized sections which demands for professionally qualified journalists. Print journalism has two sections; field work and desk work. A journalist can work as a correspondent reporter and collect news form the field. In other way he also can work in news desk as an editor/copy editor/proofreader etc.
Moreover a professional journalist can work as a freelancer in print media and can contribute articles to the newspaper and magazines. Nevertheless self employment is also a good option for journalists. They can run their own media or advertising house after some year of experience in this field along with ample capital.
Top Colleges Offering UG/PG/Other Courses
Many universities/institutions offer courses of Journalism. Some important names are given below. Indian Institute of Mass Communication, at New Delhi and Dhenkanal (Orissa); A J K Mass Communication Centre, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi; Manipal Institute of Communication, Manipal; Symbiosis Institute of Mass Communication, Pune; Asian College of Journalism, Bangalore; Department of Communication and Journalism, University of Poona, Pune; Amity School Of Journalism and Communication, New Delhi; Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi; Makhanlal Chaturvedi National University of Journalism, Bhopal.
Besides these some universities also offer journalism through distance learning programmes. Some of them are Barkatullah Vishwavidyalaya, Bhopal; Indira Gandhi National Open University, New Delhi Kota Open University, Kota and Sambalpur University, Sambalpur.
The minimum salary as per government directive has to be Rs. 5500 to Rs. 9000 for reporters and senior reporters, Rs. 5000 to Rs. 10,500 for the chief reporters and sub-editors, and Rs. 7500 to 12000 for editors. Private sector even offers higher remuneration including lucrative various fringe benefits. However salaries offered depend on the company one is working with. Field journalists are given travel and stay expenses as well as allowances are additional with all pay packets. Freelancers are paid for each piece of work they submit. Self-employed also have good earning depending upon the nature and extension of their business.