Mainstream courses are chosen by a majority of people. But if you want to do something creative and different from the usual courses, then a Bachelor of Journalism & Mass Communication (BJMC) is a great option.
It is an undergraduate program for the students who aspire to work in the media industry such as print (newspaper, magazines, books), radio, television, and films. This program is best for inquisitive students, have a good command of the language, have the interest and confidence to report the happenings around the world, and have a grip on writing. Students with an interest in editing software and technical knowledge can also opt for this program.
Bachelors of Journalism & Mass Communication is a degree program for 3 years, which is divided into 6 semesters.
The students willing to get admission in the BJMC course need a minimum qualification of 10+2 in any stream, with at least a 50% score (varies according to the college requirement).
The admission process varies in different colleges. Some take admissions based on merit lists and some have entrance exams for it. If the admission is based on a merit list, then the result of class 12th is into account. This is also known as direct admission. If the admission is based on the entrance exam, then it is conducted in stages or rounds. The first round includes a written exam, after which the qualified students need to qualify for the personal interview (PI) round and group discussion round.
If any student has prior work experience or has worked on any project, then on that basis also some colleges select the students for admission.
Some of the common subjects consisted in BJMC course
- Film Theory & Practice
- Media Laws & Ethics
- Public Relations
- Basics of Research
- Basics of Photography
- Writing for Media
- Animation Theory & Practice
Career Options in Bachelors of Journalism & Mass Communication
BJMC is a vast field and has a variety of options to pursue your career. It has an opportunity in both government and private sectors. Students willing to get into jobs after completion of their bachelors can do so. Students willing to pursue their higher studies can complete their masters and have better job opportunities and salary packages as they have a much broad perspective in the field.
Students willing to work in the government sector, especially in civil services can give Civil Service Exam conducted by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) and become IIS Officers. IIS stands for Indian Information Services. The job of the IIS officer is o communicate the information on behalf of the government.
List of Job Opportunities for Journalism & Mass Communication Students:
- Radio Jockey (RJ)
- Public Relations Officer
- Photo Journalist
- Video Editor
- Copy Writer
- News Analyst
- Television Anchor
- News Anchor
- Film Maker
- Advertisement Agency
- Fashion Photographer
- Wildlife Photographer
The list does not end here. The job opportunities are enormous.
A student can earn a handsome amount after the successful completion of his or her course. The salary varies according to job responsibility and the organization. For a fresher, the salary varies from between Rs. 1 lakh to Rs. 4 lakhs. However, the amount tends to rise with time and experience.