Fate of Journalism Careers in India: Tips for Aspiring Journalists

Planning to do your graduation or Master’s in Journalism, but everyone around you telling you not to? We feel you. It is not their fault, though. The myth of journalism not being a good career option or a corrupted job sector is stuck in people’s heads.

But the actual scenario is just the opposite. A journalist in India is no less than a celebrity. The amount of power they hold is tremendous. They act as a spokesperson of the public, for the public.

A lot of students are reluctant to study journalism nowadays. The reason can be a lot of things. After doing a survey, we concluded that the study of journalism and mass communication is not a theory-based program, and many universities have failed to understand this.

The majority of them just ask students to memorise notes and acquire only theory-based knowledge, which is ultimately making them lose interest.

You might not know, but a media course is not about becoming a reporter only. There are various job titles you can choose from. This lack of awareness is also contributing to this myth.

A career in Media is one of the most versatile options. You can acquire everything, right from making valuable connections to holding top positions. That being said, let’s dive deep into the matter.

How does the journalism industry work?

Building a journalism career is not hard if you can secure an internship in a renowned media house. This will not only help you create a good portfolio but also open doors to new opportunities.

Most journalism students are hired by the company they joined as interns. Furthermore, you might start as a trainee, but the growth in this industry is beyond your imagination.

After a few years of experience, you can secure a place like chief editor, editor, lead anchor, etc. So, don’t expect to appear on TV on your first job… you will reach there gradually, but certainly.

Also read: Benefits of studying Journalism and Mass Communication

Journalism Careers in India

Mass communication jobs are very diverse. You can mould your passion into your profession easily here. Interested in photography? Become a photojournalist. Like to discuss politics? Become a political journalist.

Yes, you have guessed it right, there are several job roles in this industry, each requiring specific skills. If you graduate from a good college, they will teach you all of them. In the future, you can move forward with what interests you the most. Here are the journalism careers:

  • News Reporter
  • News Writer
  • News Editor
  • Chief Editor
  • Anchor
  • Broadcast Journalist
  • Photojournalist
  • News Producer
  • Columnist
  • Sportswriter
  • Copywriter
  • Communication Specialist
  • Technical Writer, and many more

You can see that each job role mentioned above is about different skill sets and responsibilities. The more skills you have, the better it is.

Vacancies in 2023

Career opportunities in media houses are growing rapidly. Go through the job portal of leading news companies or media houses. You will see multiple vacancies for journalism degree holders.

But if you want to be ahead of others, the best you can do is join some internship program. Media houses already have a lot of work, so they hire interns as full-time employees after assessing their performance.

But how can you do that? After all, it is not easy to get an internship with a leading media house. You cannot just send a mail and expect a prompt response. You will be ignored in most cases. 

This is the place where your educational institution can help you. The best thing aspiring journalists can do is choose a supportive and proactive educational platform to get their degree from. 

It should be supportive enough to encourage new ideas and approaches and active enough to teach students theories and skills. Apart from that, wide market exposure is all students want. Collaborations with media houses are the deal breaker. 

That being said, let’s look at what Shoolini University offers aspiring journalists and whether the journey is worth it.

Building a Career in Media with Shoolini

You can be a good speaker but may not be a good writer, right? In such a scenario, you can learn those skills so you don’t get stuck at some point in your career. Shoolini focuses on this point.

It is one of those few universities that believe in learning and teaching everything through practice. It does not matter whether you have recognised your skills yet or not, we will do that for you.

Studying different aspects of media and mass communication here is fun because you learn everything through interactive sessions with guest lecturers, 24-hour support from mentors, internship opportunities in various media houses like NDTV, Hindustan Times, The Indian Express, mock media practices, and many more.

Students get real-life professional experience at Shoolini itself. With innovative platforms like Radio Shoolini, Shoolini Samvad, Shoolini TV and the Shoolini Newsletter, journalists can quickly start writing their first copies or go on air for the first time, showcasing their anchoring skills.

These practices sharpen students’ skills and help them eliminate stage fear. 

Besides, several media personalities are invited each year to share their experience and tips with the students. This way, you can build your network, and who knows, you may also get hired.

Wrapping Up

Being the No.1 Private University (Times Higher Education World University Rankings & QS World University Rankings), Shoolini has always believed in innovation and showing the way to students in industries considered jobless. 

If it is an industry, it can never be jobless. All you need is proper and transparent guidance. With transparency, you can achieve great heights in your career, and Journalism is no exception.

So, in the end, journalism careers are not finished in India, talent and knowledge will always be appreciated and Shoolini will teach you how to be recognised.

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