Every little news item from around the globe today is available to people at their fingertips, thanks to the influx of smart devices, broadcast mediums and digital channels. This proliferation of media in our day-to-day lives has widened the scope of journalism and mass communication.
The world of journalism is driven by broadcast media today, which primarily includes television and digital mediums. Easy access to televisions, laptops and smartphones means that the audience is always ‘ON’ and ready to consume news content. This paradigm shift in the way news is disseminated and received has paved the way for multifarious career options in the field of journalism and mass communication.
What is the scope for broadcast journalism in India?
The Indian Media & Entertainment (M&E) industry is touted to reach a staggering figure of US$ 37.55 billion by next year. If that figure is anything to go by, it only means that the segment is thriving and is set for further growth in the near future. Since broadcast journalism is one of the most important subsets of the M&E industry, it is fair to say that it is a flourishing space for those who really wish to become – as we call it – change makers.
Over time, the scope of broadcast journalism has expanded and become versatile in nature with the advent of new technology. Apart from the traditional broadcast journalism career options, there are several novel choices that today’s journalists can pick from. For instance, the role of a ‘social media specialist’ was non-existent until Facebook wove its magic wand and set the precedent for other platforms to become effective broadcast mediums.
Here is a quick rundown of the most sought-after roles in the broadcast journalism industry and career options you can explore with a journalism degree:
- News anchor / news reporter
- Feature producer / director
- Cameraperson / video journalist
- Documentary producer
- Bulletin producer / director
- PCR controller
- Promo producer
- News writer
- Content writer / creative writer
- Remote correspondent
- Research executive
Each of these roles within the broadcast journalism space has its own set of pros and challenges. If you wish to learn more about the career options available in the journalism and mass communication industry, read our comprehensive broadcast journalism career guide here.
In a typical news studio setup or news production company, you can find yourself working in a specific niche or multiple areas, including the following:
- Current affairs
- Local news
Would broadcast journalism make a good career?
This is a valid question for those who are still unsure about what career path is right for them. The simple answer to that query is YES! Broadcast journalism, in today’s day and age, is amongst the most evolved, promising and rewarding career options out there. Journalism is a great career choice for those who have an inherent flair for language, understand how new technology works, are well-versed with modern news mediums and formats, and are open to exploring new avenues.
How can I make a career in broadcast journalism?
While you may or may not have some or all of the aforementioned skillsets, it is not too difficult to develop them… all you need is the right education from the right institute. A simple Google search will throw hundreds of results at you when it comes to broadcast journalism courses or colleges in India. It is best to sift through the top results and choose an institute that:
Provides a full-fledged degree in broadcast journalism from a reputed university
- Offers a relevant and all-encompassing curriculum
- Houses eminent faculty members and guest lecturers
- Hosts seminars, workshops and interactive sessions with industry experts
- Places emphasis on the practical side of learning the art and craft of journalism
- Instills journalistic ethics and media morals from the word go
Are you contemplating journalism as a profession?
Seamedu School of Pro-Expressionism is considered one of the top journalism colleges in the country with world-class facilities and a robust infrastructure. With some of the brightest minds in India guiding the next generation of broadcast journalists here at Seamedu, the institution has a stellar track record in terms of placements, too.
Got questions? Post them in the comments below and our student guidance counselors will be more than happy to answer them for you. Alternatively, you can contact us to know more about our offerings.