How Does One Enter the Field of Broadcast Journalism?
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How Does One Enter the Field of Broadcast Journalism?

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It’s great to have a dream or an ambition. Sometimes, though, the path to making it come true is not always very clear. If your goal in life is to make a career as a Broadcast Journalist, and you are trying to figure out a way to get there, then you have come to the right place.

To begin, it is absolutely essential that you understand the meaning of broadcast journalism well.

What is Broadcast Journalism?

Broadcast journalism encompasses the field of traditional journalism and incorporates it with more modern forms of media like the radio, television and the internet. As broadcast journalism includes a myriad of different media and job roles, not to mention the numerous different subjects covered in the media, it is probably wise to reflect a bit and ask yourself a few questions:

  • What topics/subjects interest you the most as a journalist? Politics, sports, crime, entertainment, society, technology, etc.
  • What format captures your attention the most? Do you like to write, research, or would you prefer to be in front of the camera?
  • Would you like to travel as a part of your job? Or perhaps you are more interested in social media?

You can have a look at some of the careers you can pursue after a degree in Broadcast Journalism. Knowing where your interests lie is a great start to pursuing your dreams.

Is It Better To Major In Broadcast Journalism Or Print Journalism?

This is a question that the faculty at Seamedu is often asked. Broadcast Journalism is definitely the wiser choice for a number of reasons. Print journalism is now only a small fraction of the journalistic world today, while broadcast journalism offers a number of career opportunities in comparison. A shift from broadcast journalism to print is easier than the other way around as most aspects of traditional journalism are covered by broadcast journalism. The number of print journals, magazines and newspapers are declining as the digital age takes over.

Would Broadcast Journalism Make a Good Career?

The short answer to this question is yes, that is provided that you are interested in the field of broadcast journalism. Broadcast Journalism includes the perfect combination where traditional journalistic skills meet today’s digital world. Online news channels and blogs have increased the scope of the field immensely creating new job roles in the field like:

  • Online researcher
  • Social media analyst
  • Blog writer
  • Online news presenter

It has even become possible to make a living as a freelancer, albeit the best freelancers do get snapped up by a website with hefty salaries!

What is the Scope of Broadcast Journalism in India? Where will it be in the Future?

The growing access to the internet has meant that fields related to it are also growing steadily. A study conducted by KPMG on behalf of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) called The Future: Now Streaming, the Indian media and entertainment industry is expected to grow at a CAGR (compounded annual growth rate) of 14.3% and reach a massive valuation of Rs. 2.26 trillion by 2020. News has become more accessible, global and interactive.

There are plenty of channels being launched online covering a range of topics in local languages, increasing the scope further. As the access to the internet in India grows, along with increasing speeds, the scope of broadcast journalism will possibly tend strongly towards media on the internet although, the demand from radio or television is unlikely to decrease significantly anytime soon. This means a career in broadcast journalism would help you land opportunities in digital media in addition to more traditional roles as a news anchor, reporter, station manager or production assistant.

How do I get a Degree in Broadcast Journalism? What Should I be looking for in a School offering Broadcast Journalism?

You can get a Degree in Broadcast Journalism immediately after your 12th grade. A good broadcast journalism college offers exposure to the latest trends in technology and journalism. At Seamedu, we believe in ‘learning by doing’ and our courses are largely focused on practical work ensuring our students know exactly what to expect when they graduate and enter the field as young professionals. Networking within the industry is also a key factor. This is why we, ensure our students have ample opportunities to do this while still studying through guest lectures and visits to different media houses. We also offer placements for eligible students.

Learn more about our Degree in Broadcast Journalism!

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