Career profile of Journalist:
The information that people receive through television, radio, printing and online is collected and put together in an informative form by Journalists. Journalists collect, write report and produce different kind information and present it via different media. They do all their work according to that particular subject, i.e. they collect all the factual information regarding that subject, gather evidences and references, put all these things together to generate a report and present it to general public. The job of a Journalist is a major responsibility as the information that a Journalist provide must not be misleading in any way and also it should not be altered, except for the creative modification which also should not be done with the facts.
Career as a Journalist is a great opportunity for any candidate who has interest in media. One should choose this path only if he/she is willing to work hard to present useful information to the people regardless of any obstacles that may occur in his/her path. Initially, a Journalist goes through the general phase of the media industry, i.e. they choose the field of their interest and start working in that field. They can also switch between fields, as media industry is huge and full of career options. Interests can change so it is easier to make these sorts of moves early in the career. Once a Journalist becomes more familiar with a particular field, it is hard for them to switch and explore other areas which they start finding attractive.
There are a lot of ways in which a Journalist can present information; these ways are collectively called as Media. Journalist can choose any media they like, i.e. Journalists can write the information that they collect and present it to people in the form of magazines, newspapers, or online websites containing articles, etc. Journalists can also use visual media to provide information like television, online videos, etc. There are many other forms of media a Journalist can choose. Some of the top organizations that hire Journalists are Times Group (For both, written as well as visual media), BBC (For visual media), National Geographic, Discovery Channel, CNN, and all sorts of News channels as well as online companies etc. These are some of the widely known organizations that hire Journalists for news and other informational services.
The salary of Journalists varies according to the media in which they are working. For instance, a Journalist working for visual media may get more salary than one working for written media. But again it is unclear whether these differences exist truly or are dependent on the Journalism organizations.
To become a Journalist, one must have a bachelor’s degree in Journalism. It is necessary and beneficial to have a master’s degree as well because much of the exposure and knowledge is gained at the postgraduate level.
Also, candidates with prior experience or who have done internships are preferred over non-experienced ones. A candidate must have, above all, some basic skills, such as willingness, ability to work hard, work well in a team, capacity to learn and good communication skills. Along with these qualities, a candidate should also have some basic knowledge related to computers and technology. Keeping your general knowledge updated is imperative as well.
Best institutes/colleges for Journalism in India are:
- Mudra Institute of Communications (MICA) (Ahmadabad),
- Indian Institute of Journalism and New Media (Bangalore),
- Indian Institute of Mass Communication (IIMC) (New Delhi),
- Xavier Institute of Communication (Mumbai),
- Symbiosis Institute of Mass Communication (Pune),
- Asian College of Journalism (Chennai).
- The Delhi School of Communication (Delhi)