Journalism and allied media fields are becoming a preferred choice for students recently, owing to the proliferation of digital media and the boom in the media industry. It is justified then, that DU aspirants also look forward to studying courses that will cater to these fields both theoretically and practically. Being interdisciplinary, these courses are great options to learn how to voice your opinion, factual reportage and as an extended expression of the society on the celluloid.
“So, what courses are available?”
Of the many colleges in DU, B.A (Hons) Journalism is offered only by five colleges, namely – Lady Shri Ram College, Delhi College of Arts and Commerce, Maharaja Agrasen, Kalindi, Kamala Nehru College. A variation of this course is offered by Indraprastha College for Women (IPCW), which goes by the name B.A (Hons) Multimedia and Mass Communication (BMMMC) and is much wider in scope.
“Umm, what’s the difference?”
At the crux of it all, the difference comes in the practical exposure to the field. BMMMC is more inclined towards the hands-on work, which means you study a lot about the tools and equipments that come with the subject on-ground. Namrata Satija, a student of the BMMMC course at IPCW, explains,
“Any Journalism course or any other course in DU for that matter is more theoretical but when you study MMMC you get to experience things in a practical way, you can be making movies yourself and also shooting an entire TV production. The college provides you with an opportunity to make short films which may be sent to international film festivals.”
“Do we get to interact with people from the industry and say, network?”
Workshops, department fests and monthly seminars conducted by the college help students to meet well known personalities.
Satija informs, “Last year Ravish Kumar (TV News Anchor) came to IP college for a seminar and the course students had an exclusive opportunity to interact with him. Nikhil Taneja from YRF (Producer) came in for a talk for the MMMC department fest. Aseem Mishra, a well known cinematographer of movies like Ek tha Tiger, Bajrangi Bhaijaan, Band Baja Baarat came in for a small workshop in the college studio. Pavleen Gujral from Angry Indian Godesses came in for a talk this year at the department fest. RJ Yuvi from Radio City 91.1 also came in this year for the RJ hunt.”
“What are the career prospects?”
The career prospects after these courses are numerous and varied. You could go on for further, specific studies for Masters. There’s the whole arena of the PR and Communications open to graduates. Print media, online media, digital media and broadcast media are good outlets for Journalism enthusiasts. That said, everyone needs to start from the basics, which means you won’t immediately see your name on the byline of the cover page story of a national daily, you won’t immediately get to host the prime time news. But I guess, that is understood, right? So you will land positions as proof readers, sub editors, video editing trainees etc.
Satija suggests that interning during the 3 years of undergraduate studies is imperative to clear your mind of the clatter, “Thus during the 3 year course its important to land internship in different fields (if one is trying to explore their interest). College provides placements but they are also in smaller companies rather than big newspapers.”
“What is the catch then?”
For starters the course is available only in a handful of colleges, and with women’s colleges leading the way, the opportunities for male student aspirants are even less.
Internship and networking will help in more ways than the mere award of this degree, so be sure you make the best use of it.