Monday, June 2, 2008


At A GlanceJournalism is the act of communicating information through the process of gathering, writing, editing and presenting events to create awareness amongst the public. Career OptionsJournalism is broadly divided into two categories - Print and Electronic. Journalism in the print media consists of newspapers, journals, magazines, digests and news agencies. On the other hand, journalism through the electronic medium consists of television, radio and the internet. The career options in these fields vary.

Journalism includes such things as writing for newspapers, an editorial job, proof reading, being a reporter or correspondent, writing, etc.

Journalism is a craft with established rules, procedures and guidelines, as well as techniques and deadlines. So if you have a flair or talent for language and the urge to communicate, you can learn this craft and become a successful journalist.

Personal AttributesIf you are looking for a career in journalism, you must have a presentable and confident personality. The ability to write and present accurately and concisely is necessary. An inquisitive mind, good writing and communication skills, the ability to differentiate between fact and fiction and tact too are essential. Intelligence, awareness, and interest in current affairs are also necessary requirements. Most importantly, you must exercise high tolerance and be capable of working in difficult conditions if necessary.

Where to study?You can do a course in journalism right after you pass your senior secondary examination [10+2]. You also have the choice of doing a professional degree after the completion of your undergraduate course in any subject. A background in humanities is usually preferred.Courses are offered in English, Hindi and regional languages.

Top Organisations Channels like NDTV, CNN, Discovery and newspapers like The Times of India, The Economic Times and The Tribune are great organizations that any journalist would like to work in.

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