In the past decade students have broken from the conventional trend and are exploring more off beat career options like journalism and art restoration rather than stereotypical conventional courses.
In a developing nation like India there is huge scope for such off beat professions and all students need to be enlightened about the same so that they are not forced into the otherwise mainstream thinking patterns.
Journalism is gathering, processing, and dissemination of news, and information related to news, to an audience. There are multiple types of journalism:
- Photo journalism
- Yellow journalism
- Broadcast journalism
- Advocacy journalism
- Sensor journalism
Journalism is a profession which allows the person to explore, travel and continuously learn. It is an ever growing field and is a filed which can help give back to society and bring about societal change. It increases awareness about the evils in society and also the good. It throws light on important issues and is instrumental in bringing about necessary change in political systems, gender equality and many other social forums.
Journalism courses are offered at graduation and post-graduation levels. To become a journalist, one can complete a Bachelor’s in mass communication/ mass media/journalism after +2. After completion in a related graduation field, one may complete a Master’s in journalism or mass communication. A graduate (who has a flair for writing) from any other field can also opt for a postgraduate course in journalism.
There is ample scope for journalism. A journalism graduate can either enter print media where all stories and reports are covered in newspapers and magazines. Electronic media is another emerging field where journalists are required to continuously update events and latest happenings.
To be a good journalist one should have an inquisitive and investigative mind and should also be alert, adaptive and tolerant of changing situations. Good communication skills and a good command over whichever language is essential. The person should possess confidence, enthusiasm, patience and perseverance, the ability to differentiate between fact and fiction, adhering to deadlines, team cohesiveness, sensitivity to different views and lifestyles, in-depth knowledge about various fields such as politics, culture, religion, social and current affairs.
Taking up journalism as a profession can be very lucrative as well as challenging. It is an ideal profession for someone who needs new opportunities and activities at all times. Journalism can give you a bright career path and can help you achieve new heights. It is an ever growing and ever changing field. With evolution of technology journalism has also been developing and adapting to the changes with time. Now a day’s journalism always goes hand in hand with mass media and visual representation. All events that are reported on news and media channels are accompanied by visuals and graphics.
It is a wise decision for someone who has a flair for writing and a passion for current affairs and other social causes to pursue journalism as they will be able to make a positive change. For more information on journalism and a good college to pursue it in visit an academic counselor.