MA Journalism & Mass Communication gives training to the students in both technical skills and critical analysis of the media spectrum. It is a postgraduate course of 2 years duration. The course includes the study of mass media such as newspapers, magazines, cinema films, radio, television etc in order to convey information to the audience.
The course is comprised of the concept of news, the role of journalism in society, history of journalism, skills in identifying news and also covers political and social issues of particular society.
Some of the colleges that offer this course in India are listed below:
In India, Average course fees range between INR 54, 000 to 3 Lacs. For admission in the course, students must have completed Bachelor’s degree in any stream from any recognized university with minimum 50% marks. Admission in some of the colleges is done on the basis of marks secured in an entrance examination, conducted by the college, followed by Group Discussion and Personal Interview.
Such postgraduates are hired in job positions such as Art Director, Correspondent, Fashion Photographer, Cartoonist, Feature Writer, Production Worker, Columnist, Film Director, Proof Reader, Journalist, News Analyst, Floor Manager, Presenter, Freelance Writer, Public Relations Officer, Radio Jockey, Screenwriter, Reporter, Sound Technician, Transmission Executive, and Special Correspondent. Successful postgraduates can earn anything between INR 2.45 to 9 Lacs.
The following table shows the major highlights of the course.
|Course Level||Post Graduation|
|Examination Type||Semester system/ Year wise|
|Eligibility||Completed Bachelor’s degree in any stream from any recognized university with minimum 50% marks in it.|
|Admission Process||Merit Based/ Entrance Test|
|Course Fees||INR 50, 000 to 3 Lacs|
|Average Starting Salary||INR 2.45 to 9 Lacs|
|Top Recruiting Companies||Indian Express, LT Finance, Max New York Life, Tata Steel, Times of India Group, India Today Group, HT Media, Anand Bazar Patrika, Zee Entertainment Enterprise|
|Top Recruiting Areas||Advertising Agencies, Books and Novels, All India Radio, Photography Companies, Broadcasting Corporations, Central Information Service, Journals, Periodicals and Magazines, Legal Affairs Departments, News Agencies, Circulation and Public Relations, Newspapers, Press Information Bureau, Radio Telecasting Companies, TV Channels, Websites|
|Job Positions||Art Director, Correspondent, Fashion Photographer, Cartoonist, Feature Writer, Production Worker, Columnist, Film Director, Proof Reader, Journalist, News Analyst, Floor Manager, Presenter, Freelance Writer, Public Relations Officer, Radio Jockey, Screenwriter, Reporter, Sound Technician, Transmission Executive, Special Correspondent|
MA Journalism & Mass Communication is a study of different means of communication by which individuals can convey the information to the large segment of the population through mass media. The course generally provides teaching and training regarding reporting, writing, editing, photographing etc.
Students can opt. for specializations in various fields of journalism such as Sports Journalism, Science Journalism, Environment Journalism, Fashion Journalism, Film Making, Advertising, Corporate communications etc.
Successful Graduates may work in the job areas such as Advertising Agencies, Books, and Novels, All India Radio, Photography Companies, Broadcasting Corporations, Press Information Bureau, Radio Telecasting Companies, TV Channels, Websites etc.
The following table shows the list of the top institutes in India that offer this course:
|Name of the Institute||City/ State|
|Indian Institute of Journalism and New Media||Bangalore|
|Indian Institute of Mass Communication||New Delhi|
|Mahatma Gandhi Mission College of Journalism and Mass Communication||Aurangabad|
|Symbiosis Institute of Media and Communication||Pune|
|Asian College of Journalism||Chennai|
|Indian Institute of Journalism and New Media||Bangalore|
|Xavier Institute of Communication||Mumbai|
|AJ Kidwai Mass Communication Research Jamia||New Delhi|
|Manorama School of Communication||Kottayam|
|Film and Television Institute of India||Pune|
|Times School of Journalism||New Delhi|
|Sharda University||Greater Noida|
Following is the minimum eligibility criteria required for the candidates interested in pursuing course the course:
Admission in the course is strictly done on the basis of marks secured by the candidate in an entrance test conducted by the particular college. On the basis of candidates score obtained in written test, shortlisted candidates will be called for Group Discussion and Personal Interview.
Student’s final selection depends on their scores in written test, Group Discussion, Personal Interview and Marks in Graduation. Admission process varies according to the different colleges.
Semester wise course syllabus is tabulated below:
|Semester I||Semester II|
|Basic Principles of Communication||Communication Development|
|History and Development of Mass Media||Media Management|
|Media Laws and Ethics||Media and Society|
|Computer Applications for Media||Advertising and Public Relation|
|Reporting and Editing||Electronic Media (Radio and TV)|
|Professional Writing||Advertising (Practical)|
|Print Journalism Practice||PR & Corporate Communication|
|Semester III||Semester IV|
|International Communication Rural Communication||New Media|
|Reporting and Editing for Electronic Media||Media and Human Rights|
|Intercultural Communication||Study Tour & Reporting|
|Radio and TV Production||Communication Research|
|Media Management||Media Laws and Ethics|
After completing the degree in MA (Journalism and Mass Communication) students can also opt for higher studies in the field of Ph.D. and M.Phil in Mass Communication & Journalism. They can also apply for UGC-NET or JRF.
Successful postgraduate in Journalism and Mass Communication can make their career in the fields such as Advertising Agencies, Books, and Novels, All India Radio, Photography Companies, Broadcasting Corporations, Central Information Service, Journals, Periodicals and Magazines, Legal Affairs Departments etc.
Some of the popular professionals open for successful postgraduates are listed below along with salaries and its description:
|Job Position||Job Description||Average Annual Pay Scale in INR|
|Correspondent||They are responsible for reporting news which is interest to the public. Their job is to speak in front of the camera. They can report live news, sports news etc||3, 46, 511|
|Content Writer||They involve in writing engaging and informative content for website||2, 38, 392|
|Photojournalist||They basically tell the stories through photographs.||3, 45, 727|
|Screen Writer||They convert the manuscripts into scripts for the purpose of filmmaking||2, 50, 000|
|Journalist||They are responsible for collecting and reporting news and events. A journalist can work for newspapers, magazines, news channels etc||3, 46, 511|
|Editor||Editors are responsible to detect and correct errors in spelling, syntax, punctuation. They also prepare, rewrite and edit to improve readability||3, 59, 978|