Journalism is the reporting of events, current issues and trends in the mass media for varied purposes. It is said that the media is the 'watch dog' of our society, as it keeps a 24 hours watch on our society and then reports it to the members of the society. Now citizens have become so dependent on the media that life without the media cannot even be imagined. Journalism has been a hallowed profession in India from the time the printing press came into existence and wide use in India. The Pro Mughal Urdu "Akhbaar" played an important role in presenting the case of the mutinous sepoys before the readers during the Revolt of 1857. Throughout the national movement, the pro Government English language newspapers were counterbalanced by newspapers in vernacular languages like Bal Gangadhar Tilak's Marathi language "Kesari" and the newspaper that Gandhiji used to publish called "Young India." After independence, newspapers representing all shades of political and cultural opinion have proliferated across the country. Media has regularly performed its duty in the past. Only the techniques which media uses are getting advanced. This journalism college in Delhi is training and providing a large number of effective media persons with excellent technological and media knowledge. The alumini of the institute are well known and are performing a great role in the media.
The mass media derives its freedom, autonomy and power directly from Part III of the Constitution of India, namely Fundamental Rights. The Right to free press is contained within the Fundamental Right of Expression guaranteed to every citizen by the Constitution of India. As the Supreme Court of India has repeatedly held and ruled, and especially in the landmark Keshavanand Bharti case, these Fundamental Rights are the soul of our democratic republic and comprise the Basic Structure Doctrine of the Constitution of India – something that cannot be changed, altered, amended or truncated by the Parliament in a manner that it takes these fundamental freedoms of the citizens away.
The mass media, the press, journalism and newspapers thus occupy this space of freedom where different shades of political and non political opinion can all have their say in an atmosphere of equality and civility.
As Nobel Laureate Amartya Sen says in his book "The Argumentative Indian" that we Indians are very argumentative and debate loving by nature and this goes back to our hallowed oral tradition of philosophical and metaphysical arguments in the form of tark – vitark that was employed as a tool of teaching and instruction by philosophers as far back as Shankara and Gautam Buddha and Mahavira and Vivekananda in the modern age.
This oral tradition and the spoken word has been critical and crucial in the evolution of Indian history and our composite culture like it has been in the case of all cultures in the world. The early Hindu scriptures in the form of the Vedas and the Upanishads as well as the great epics like the Ramayana and the Mahabharata were handed down from generation to generation through the spoken word before they were committed on paper and on the leaves and barks of trees and such parchments. The oral tradition stays alive in the mass media today in the form of the proliferating radio channels and radio stations – the state broadcaster has retained its monopoly over news and news based programmes and musical/ entertainment/ RJ chat programmes have seen the entry and domination of private FM channels and stations especially in the larger cities. In the rural hinterland of India as well as in inaccessible and inhospitable areas, it is still All India Radio that rules the airwaves. With time media is also adopting new changes to serve the people well with the news or information. Journalism College in Delhi is making its students well aware with the media principles and latest technologies which media is using to inform, educate and entertain the people.
Television has seen a burgeoning of channels in all segments – news, news based programmes, film based channels, family entertainment based channels, music channels, channels dedicated to or focused on lifestyle, travel, food, fashion, sports, science and technology. It has become one of the most interesting and entertaining medium of media. Today's large percentage of youth wants to be a part of this medium. TV Journalism Institute located in Delhi is the college which provides perfect education and also gives students the advantage of getting placed in the television media.
This tradition of debating has been kept alive by journalism in India since democracy is essentially about debating the burning issues of the day facing the country and the world and engaging in a process of educating the country and the society to learn the three Rs of Reading, Writing and Arithmetic and the Big PPES of Politics, Philosophy, Economics and Sociology that makes our democracy what it is today. Indeed, it can well be argued that our democracy as it stands today – its strengths and weaknesses – can be broken down into and narrowed down to the processes of basic education and political education as it is disseminated across the country by the mass media and by journalism.
Therefore, like the professions of medicine and teaching, the profession of journalism involves something as big and central as nation building and character building. If you have a characterless mass media or a corrupt mass media, it is safe to assume that you will end up with a characterless nation and a corrupt nation.
The Press or the mass media is the Fourth Estate or the Fourth Pillar of our democracy – the first three being the Legislature to which the Executive is responsible and the Judiciary which is the autonomous arbiter and watchdog over the excesses, the crimes of omission and commission committed by the Legislature and the Executive and it is also an interpreter and adjudicator of the Constitution and the law. The mass media and journalism acts as a watchdog over all the three pillars of our democracy and it communicates directly with the people who gave to themselves this Constitution on the twenty-sixth day of November, 1949.
Thus media performs a crucial role in today's time. There is a need for reporters and journalist to serve the society whenever required. Therefore there are various colleges giving media education in our country, for the people who want to be a part of media. At present, Journalism College in Delhi is considered to be the best in the field of media. The institute teaches about media ethics to the students and is constantly providing quality reporters and journalist to our society.
Due to the increasingly prominent role of media in our society, more and more people are developing an interest to become a part of the media world. This interest is fulfilled by adopting effective education from the International Institute of Mass Media. This is one of the best journalism colleges in Delhi, which guides its students very well to give competent journalists to the nation. Various effective media courses are provided by the institute which includes courses like:
Bachelor of mass communication
Masters of mass communication
Post graduate diploma in advertising and public relations
Electronic Camera and Handling
Production and direction
Among all the mass media, television is the most attractive, entertaining and effective mass medium which delivers important news, information, entertainment and education to a large number of people. It’s been found that a large number of youngsters want to study television journalism to enter this creative medium. The TV Journalism Institute gives efficient training and education to its students which makes them aware of all the journalistic ethics and develops good journalists. The Institute gives both theoretical as well as practical knowledge to the students by using advanced technologies.
At present there is a wide availability of television and radio channels, magazines, newspapers as well as new media in the society which gives rise to massive competition in the media. Due to this competition the need of more and more competitive and talented journalists is constantly rising. Every year a large number of youngsters take admission to the TV Journalism Institute situated in Delhi to become specialized in the media field and to become a part of it. The International Institute of Mass Media uses technologies like advanced cameras, lenses, microphones, lights and other technical assets to provide practical and field exposure to their students. Various famous personalities of the mass media who are now well recognized faces have graduated from the International Institute of Mass Media or IIMM
Purvi Poonam Thakur