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Mass communication is referred to the process of transmission of the message to a large number of people. Actually, mass communication is a process through, which a message is extensively circulated among the persons, who are far away from the source.
Nowadays mass communication is the fastest way to telecast news information, broadcast, entertainment, to the entire world at the same time. The information was generally delivered to the public by the using of newspapers, books magazines, websites, blogs, radio, films, and the internet as well. There is a rapid expansion in the industry of media from the last few years.
What is Journalism and Who is a Journalist?
Journalism is a prestigious profession as well as a highly paid job. It is concerned with the collection and distribution of news through print media and as well as electronic media to its target audience. The objective of journalism is to inform and interpret, educate and enlighten the people.
A journalist is a professional writer, who informs and educates people about the happenings around to make them aware and well-informed. Journalists play a very important role in the growth and advancement of the nation. They hold the power to influence the masses and classes of people with their information bombardment. Thus we can say that Journalism is an integral part of mass communication.
What should be in you for choosing a career in Mass Communication?
If writing is your hobby and you can present the things in a very effective manner and similarly if you have a good knowledge of all the forms of media and its usage, having great communicative skills and you love to take challenges then the door is open for you to make a career in mass communication.
- Excellent writing, editing, research, leadership, and interpersonal skills.
- Ability to handle a heavy workload and stress.
- Knowledge of a diversity of political and social issues.
- willingness to travel extensively.
- Willingness to take risks.
Scope in Mass Communication
One can adopt journalism as a career, just after passing the Senior Secondary Examination and completing your professional degree or diploma courses in mass communication from the university where this course is offered. The enrolment process takes place in almost all art colleges. After it, you can work in different sectors like reporting, writing, editing, photographing, advertising, public relation, radio, newspaper, and many other various sectors.
The first one is the Print Medium like newspaper, magazine, and books, etc., The second one is the Non-Print (Audio/Visual) Medium like radio, television, and web.
Courses for Mass Communication and Journalism
Currently, various central and state universities in India offer journalism courses at the undergraduate level. A large number of private institutions established mainly in the urban part of the country like Delhi, Kolkata, Banglore, Bhopal, Hyderabad, Pune, Mumbai, Chandigarh and many other cities where they offer degree and diploma courses.
There are many institutions and universities including government universities in India and other countries which provide or offer you courses in Journalism and Mass communication. The government of India established the Indian Institute of Mass Communication (IIMC) in 1965 which is the first institute for mass communication in India.
UGC approved universities for doing the professional courses in journalism and mass communication are Delhi University, Jamia Milia Islamia University, Film and Television Institution of India and Banaras Hindu University and many state universities like Makhanlal Chaturvedi National University of Journalism and Communication Bhopal, Kurukshetra University, Anna University, and several other universities.
Courses are like-
- Diploma Courses ( 1 Year)
- Bachelor of Journalism and Mass Communication (3 Years)
- Master of Journalism and Mass Communication (2 Years)
- Post Graduation Diploma in Journalism and Mass Communication (1 Year)
After completing any one of the above-mentioned courses, there is huge demand from News channels, TV Shows, Magazines and Online Portals.
- BBC, Star Network, CNN, IBN, NDTV, TV Today, Zee Networks and ETV Networks
- Hindustan Times, Times of India, Business Standard, The Telegraph, Indian Express, The Tribune
- Dainik Jagran, Dainik Bhaskar, Nav Bharat Times, Hindustan, Prabhat Khabar.
- Red FM, Big FM, Radio Mirchi.
The major Job Profile in the sector’s—–There are endless opportunities in this sector like you can become
- TV Anchor
- Radio Jockey
- News Editor
- Screen Editor
- Script Writer
- Video editor
- Voice artists and many more
Though, a very interesting field as a profession, but it does not offer much money to the employees. For becoming a reporter in this profession, you have to start as an Intern because the internship is essential to understand the working atmosphere of the industry, the stipend may be between 8,000 to 12,000. In some of the media organization, it is mostly unpaid, but the experience is quite important in the long-run to a media professional in the future. It may take you on high depending upon your work effort, struggle, and experiences. After Some Experience you may become editor or anchor then your salary would be around 20,000 to 45,000 per month. Then after enough experience and have enterprise in a particular field then you easily make a six-figure income.