- Do you aspire to be a journalist?
- Do you want to explore several journalism options?
- Are you overwhelmed with the information available online on courses in journalism, and don’t know where to start?
Keep reading if you answered ‘Yes’ to one or more questions.
Evolution of Journalism
Journalism originated in ancient Rome, where it was mostly verbal. Imagine a Roman man dressed in a tiara, and tunic with a wide shawl draped over his shoulder, running to the city center to narrate the news to the residents. The job of a journalist in Roman times was so sacred that only a person educated in history and literature with a high sense of social responsibility and ethical standards could do it.
As time went by, journalism evolved into print, radio, television, magazines, telegraphs, and now web. The journalism of the 21st century is more than just delivering the news. Today’s journalists need to have fresh techniques and ideas up their sleeves to make their story reach the necessary audience as quickly, accurately, and authentically as possible. Having said that… Let’s ‘investigate’ a career in modern journalism, shall we?
Types of Journalism in India
1. Investigative – It aims to uncover the truth behind an event or a person through an accurate presentation of facts. An investigative journalist may have to deal with some of the most stubborn and unsupportive people. Therefore, he or she needs to have an additional skill to ‘persuade’ in adverse situations.
Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein successfully investigated and uncovered the ‘Watergate Scandal’ in the United States that resulted in Richard Nixon losing his presidency. Bob and Carl’s work was investigative in character, but it also had aspects of broadcast journalism, which made it reach out to the masses.
“Journalism and journalists need to evolve with the world’s events, people, and issues.”
2. News – Be it print, web or television, news journalism is usually delivered in the most straightforward and accurate manner. The journalist and newsreaders are expected to narrate the facts of the events or stories just the way they are without any investigative and questioning approach, judgment, or bias.
3. Reviews – This journalism is based partially on research, facts, and the writers’ personal opinions on an event, person, or product. Review journalists are usually Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) in one or more topics. For example, a travel journalist who is also an expert on gastronomy may write reviews on restaurants, chefs, and different cuisines. Similarly, there can be journalists specializing in reviewing books, movies, electronic gadgets, automobiles, and much more.
4. Columns – Columns are an individual author’s voice and writing style. The author may choose to add humor or any other tone to his or her work, which the readers can identify with. Columns are usually published once a week. They interpret issues, events, and other topics of interest such as emotional wellbeing, parenting, travel, physical wellness, agriculture, environmental welfare, animal rights, human rights, arts, business, lifestyle, education, etc.
5. Feature writing – This is the most elaborate and in-depth form of journalism, that consists of interpretation of trends, events, topics, and people. It offers a previously unseen perspective on a topic through research and interviews of key people. Feature writers are highly awarded and rewarded if their work manages to achieve its goal successfully.
“If you are still reading this article, there is good news. We think you are ready to explore the courses, and eventually, a career in journalism.”
Careers in Journalism
As a journalist, you can work for different branches of journalism mentioned in the article above. You can work as an independent feature writer or a reviewer for multiple columns.
There are several avenues that you can enter, like sports, politics, crime, travel, food, fashion, entertainment industry, foreign affairs, or defense. You can also tap into contemporary spaces like social media and other wings of journalism like – anchoring, video journalism, video production, content creation, public relations and a lot more. So, we can safely say that journalism, as a career, has endless opportunities!
Courses available to get you closer to the career of your dreams
Depending upon the medium where the story will be delivered and its audience, there are different types of specialized courses such as –
- broadcast journalism
- news reporting
- magazine writing
- online journalism
- political journalism
- sports reporting, and much more.
A professional course teaches you the skills to use different forms of broadcast media like television, radio, and the internet.
You may want to take the next step into your journey as a journalist and delve deeper into this comprehensive guide on broadcast journalism.
We understand that after completing your high school, your major concern is to take a course that is not only prestigious but also makes you grow as a human being and a professional. Upon completing this 3-year course at Seamedu, you get the Bachelor of Arts degree from a UGC recognized university in Pune and a Qualification Pack (QP) certificate from MESC (Media & Entertainment Skills Council).
So, are you ready to learn and evolve as a journalist? If you think this is for you, go for broadcast journalism and mass communication courses at Seamedu!