Journalism is now one of the most sought after careers for talented and driven young professionals. Not only does it enable one to have a say in front of a national and international audience, it is also one of the four pillars of our democracy and gives a lot of power to influence ideas in the public space. As thinkers from Karl Marx to Nehru to Antonio Gramsci have observed, the power to influence ideas, thoughts, the flow of information and ideologies - professional, ethical or political - is , in the final analysis, the root of all other forms of power in society. Careers in journalism give this power aplenty to our students who opt for a life in the mass media. Today, youngsters are fast influenced and lured by the ample growth and rewarding opportunities in media. There are job opportunities in media such as researchers, media planner, media designer, technician, editor, producer, journalist etc. This is true that career in media is a challenging job but it is one of the most versatile fields in the market. Today, media is very powerful medium to connect with millions of people in India and around the world. India has seen ample growth in this sector and according to market analysis and research, media industry in India has projected size of 7.7 US billion dollars and it is likely to go up by 18 billion US dollars by 2012. The Indian film industry is one of the biggest and fastest growing film industries which produce around 1000 films per year, the largest output of a media industry in the world. There are innumerable lucrative and highly paid jobs in various media channels. Today TV, Radio, cinema, print media and web world are the important streams of media. Thousands of people turn to these mediums of communication for latest updates and news. Media plays a crucial role in spreading information about any current happening in the region and around the world. Earlier the role of media was only limited to newspapers and magazines but with the arrival of TV, radio and Internet the media industry is completely transformed into a bigger world. Internet is the latest development here, where you could find dozens of entertainment websites which include music, film news and gossips, blogs etc. Today, youngsters are also influenced and lured by the ample growth and rewarding opportunities in media. There are vast job opportunities in media such as researchers, media planner, media designer, technician, editor, producer, journalist etc. You could choose any stream of media or mass communication for your career prospects. Those who are good at writing and have outstanding communication skills can go for journalism. Career in journalism is full of lucrative career options and many challenges. With the arrival of so many news channels, journalists get ample growth and well paid remunerations. You may also work with the leading Hindi or English newspaper of your city. Radio also offers great career prospects and opportunities. You could become a radio jockey in FM radio or national radio channels. It is a well paid job where you to need to entertain people by talking or listening to them on air. You may opt for a graduate or post graduate degree or diploma in media (mass communication) courses. You should be specific about which course of line you would like to opt for your career, as media covers wide range of courses. To get into print and electronic media, a degree in journalism is compulsory. To be successful in this profession, the role of your college is very imperative, besides your inner capabilities and potentials. With the privatisation and advent of online media, media world has gone through a complete makeover. It is not limited to just one field; and individual who has great visionary and technical knowledge can make a turning point in his career. Journalism in India has a very vital role to play. India is the world's biggest democracy and free and vibrant press is an essential organ of any democracy. Career in Journalism can be broadly divided in three categories:
Electronic communication technology has revolutionized the mass communication system. Nowadays a large number of news channels have proliferated and there are significant job opportunities in the field of electronic journalism. In electronics journalism jobs can be divided into reporting, anchoring, and production. Good personality and excellent communication skills are required to make a mark in electronic journalism
This is the traditional form of journalism and includes persons working in newspapers and magazine. The print journalism work can be broadly divided into two streams: the field and the desk.
Field Work:In large newspapers and magazines each field worker has a special assignment. There are journalists assigned to cover political issues, corporate affairs, sports, fashion etc.
Desk Work: Within the offices of newspapers and magazines is the news desk where sub-editors or copyeditors process these stories for presentation with headlines. It is their responsibility to see that the story is objective and has no personal bias.
Electronic communication technology has revolutionized the mass communication system. Nowadays a large number of news channels have proliferated and there are significant job opportunities in the field of electronic journalism. In electronics journalism jobs can be divided into reporting, anchoring, and production. Good personality and excellent communication skills are required to make a mark in electronic journalism.
Future prospects for journalism in India A well rounded course in journalism opens up career opportunities in the following areas of work: Public Relations, Print Media, Electronic Media, Television, Radio, Film industry, Management, Advertising, Publishing, Marketing. Also, in the age of information, convergence and technology that is now upon us, there are no water-tight compartments between these professional areas. Professionals can move seamlessly from one to the other provided they have undergone a good, well rounded practical cum theoretical training in mass communication. Apart from seamless movement in journalism careers, the other game changer is the possibility of global integration of news content, investments and careers. Right from news agencies to content sharing pacts between Indian and global publications, the sky is the limit for young and dynamic professionals in journalism in India. In fact some of the earliest and largest corporate communication and public relations firms in India were started by veteran journalists who had spent years and decades in the print media.
Purvi Poonam Thakur