Ever wondered what it takes to cover the latest news around the world? Or how Barkha Dutt has achieved it all. Want to go live on news channel, covering latest events, debating on national interest issues, reporting prominent births and deaths and expressing your views in different fields; all this sounds like such an exciting field of career! Honestly, before I wanted to become a blogger, I wanted to become a journalist. The thrill of being right where all the action is..where I am a medium of expression for everyone else isn’t it such an exciting prospect?
Career in media is long way to go in India and with new media houses cropping up; there has been an increase in the demand for good journalists. So here are some more details about mass communication.
Entrance Exams for Mass communication takes place every year for different courses. One can also do Post graduation in Mass Communication with opting for any stream in under graduation. Normally, the eligibility criteria varies from college to college but is mostly same till the extent that for undergraduate courses the candidate must have passed class 10+2 from a recognized board with at least 40% marks. And for postgraduate courses a candidate must be below the age of 30 years and must have completed a Bachelors degree in any stream. Sometimes, colleges also prefer work experience in some media work.
After clearing entrance exam for mass communication and with completion of the course there is unlimited scope for you to boom. The students of this caliber can work in different places according to their own comfort zone. If one wants to speak in public then they can join public relations, or if they have interest in television. If you are good with writing then you should take up publishing or editing. For people who want to cover substantial news and make a difference can take the journalism path.
One thing to remember while applying to this industry is that people with strong people skills and a head for communication will be chosen any give day over others. Job in this profession requires the aspirants to be skillful, energetic and also creative.Some of the job profiles offered to graduates in mass communication are: Sound Engineer, Radio Jockey/ RJ, Film Director, Public Relations Officer, Special Correspondent, TV Correspondent, Producer, Sound Mixer and Sound Recorder, Screenwriter, Art Director, Editor, Event manager, Video Jockey, Illustrator, Fashion Photographer Cartoonist, Critic, Photojournalist, etc.
The tuition fee for mass communication can get expensive as it also includes charges and expenses for doing projects, internships, field work, etc. which cost a little more than just classroom teaching. Most of the institutes that offer graduate courses could cost from Rs. 60,000/- to Rs. 2,00,000/- per year solely depending on the college you go to. Hence, making you pat approximately about Rs. 3 lakhs for a course of three years. Similarly, a post graduate course ranges from Rs. 40,000/- to Rs. 1,00,000/- per year which again depends on the college one goes to. Many colleges also offer scholarships and funding where the levy your fee to some extent. Other than that there is always education loans which are available and help you achieve your dream.
Some of the big companies that can take you after you complete your graduation in Mass Communication are: AIR – All India Radio, Circulation and Public Relations, News Agencies , Central Information Service, Legal Affairs Department, Journals, Press Information Bureau, Photography Companies, TV Channels, Websites Periodicals and Magazines, Radio Telecasting Companies, Newspapers, Advertising Agencies, Books and Novels, Blogs, Broadcasting Corporations, etc.
If you are talented in your own way then you can grab attractive and high paying packages for yourself. Generally, starting salary for a mass communication professional could be between Rs. 12,000/- and Rs.25,000/- depending completely on your creativity and communication skills. One can get up to Rs. 50,000/- to Rs. 1,00,000/- per month after gaining experience for 5 years.
Top Institutes where you can achieve your dream for mass communication are:
- AJK Mass Communication Research Centre, Jamia MilliaIslamia, New Delhi
- Symbiosis Institute of Mass Communication, Pune
- Indian Institute of Journalism and New Media, Bangalore
- Indian Institute of Mass Communication, New Delhi
- MakhanlalChaturvedi National University of Journalism and Communication, Bhopal
- Asian College of Journalism, Chennai
- Xavier Institute of Communication (XIC), Mumbai