Journalism College in Delhi
Media in all its form, print or electronic, is a mirror of the times and society we live in. It connects us to the world and the world to us. We know about the people and happenings of other places and countries, as they know about us through the picture created by the media. Media can make or mar one's image. It inspired and ignited the freedom struggle and it inspired and coaxed the citizens to come out and vote. It brought out the barbaric tradition of honour killings from the quiet villages to the national limelight and also brought shame to many a celebrity! It played a leading role in helping the government to enact tough Anti Rape and Anti Sexual Violence laws after the brutal gang rape of brave Damini in a moving bus on the dark night of December 16, 2012. But an unfettered press without ethical concerns can be a threat to a free society and to its very independence.
India is currently experiencing an extraordinary media expansion. While newspapers in Europe and America are losing their readership annually, the Indian print media is still getting stronger with bigger circulation and market avenues.
Foreign direct investment (FDI) in the media industry is flowing in, particularly in the news and current affairs segment. The investment market loves media for its potential financial value, and is rushing into new ventures. Institutional investors, both foreign and Indian, are constantly looking for opportunities to partner with domestic media organizations to gain a new market or expand coverage.
India's media is already feeling the pressure of competition. Newspapers and broadcasters are anxious to get the inside story first. Reporters are no longer note-takers; instead they are forced to gain background information, seek out reliable (often anonymous) sources, do painstaking research, and investigate the story until the truth is found. This promise of investigative journalism has finally evolved with the times.
Today, journalism in India has considerable employment scope, with media barons opening new channels or newspapers on a regular basis. The competition is so rife that each channel or newspaper tries to produce something exclusive to give the audience a great deal of variety.
India is emerging as a global destination for the Media and Entertainment players because of the following reasons:
1. The number of channels is increasing day by day.
2. India is emerging as one of the world's largest markets for digital and mobile music.
3. Entry of private sector companies and increasing FDI and FII.
4. The concept of crossover movies and crossover audience is also gaining momentum.
5. The Indian Media and Entertainment industry is also making its presence felt in the global market with its movies and music.
While salaries are shooting up, the pool of skilled and qualified journalists is not keeping pace. Without sufficient number of good reporters and editors, the challenge that the profession faces is of enforcing more rigorous professional standards, of responding to the need for more serious reporting on governance issues, and of upholding its own freedom to function in the face of threats of repercussion by the government and powerful industries. Each new entrant simply takes away good journalists from established organizations at far higher salaries.
There are lots of well-meaning, sincere journalists around but without adequate training. As never before, India needs more skilled young journalists who have the ability to cover the story well. This suggests a considerably broader mission for journalism schools and curriculum to fit that need. It also suggests exciting opportunities for journalism schools. The need for specialized training has never been greater.
There have been various attempts to rank institutions to identify the "best" or "top" journalism schools in the country. Many institutions claim to be leading schools of journalism, and there is considerable debate about which the most appropriate criteria to evaluate are and judge journalism schools. Breadth of curriculum, background of the faculty and resources available at the institution are important. Job placements and awards received by graduates are obvious indicators of the quality of any J-school.
Among the dozens of journalism colleges in India, the one that stands out for excellence is the International Institute of Mass Media (IIMM), New Delhi.
Established in 1999 as an institution, IIMM gives UGC and AICTE approved degrees. IIMM has dedicated itself to improving the quality of journalism and the stature of the profession in India. It offers a unique one-year, Master's level residential program in print, broadcast, web and multimedia.
The strength of the IIMM program is that it uses its hometown of New Delhi, India's National Capital and hub of all national and international activities, as the real-life laboratory for all reporting assignments. This year IIMM has begun a new multi-media program that streamlines and converges the various branches of journalism in a cutting edge format. Print, television, radio and the web are synthesized in an all-in-one offering that trains the students on how to best utilize new and emerging technologies for the 21st century. As a result, IIMM graduates are well prepared to rise quickly in the profession.
For instance, four out of the ten students who qualified for the prestigious CNN Aspiring Journalist Awards recently were from IIMM. One graduate won the prestigious Young Development Journalist of the Year Award given by the Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI).
More importantly, IIMM offers personalized instruction from a cadre of full- and part-time faculty members that have included media personalities from Sahara, NDTV, IBN 7, ET Now and News X. Guest lecturers and distinguished speakers have included Vijay Trivedi, NDTV, Syed Ansari, News 24, and Rakesh Tripathi, Live India.
Institutions like IIMM will bring about profound impact on India's media in the years to come. As more and more well-trained young journalists join the profession, the industry will automatically change. Readers and viewers will seek out news and opinions from those they trust most. With improvement in the quality of journalism, we can certainly hope for better governance and stronger democracy in India.
Recently, the Press Council of India has started a national debate on discussion of the need for journalists to be professionally qualified with the increasing professionalization as well as professionalism in a proliferating mass media in India. In these 3 Ps, professional training and professional qualification provide the two crucial Ps to make it a well-rounded five pronged approach to the professionalism of the mass media in India. In the recent national debate, it was stated that if doctors and lawyers need a professional training and professional qualification to enter the professional, should similar standards apply to journalism as well since the media is the fourth pillar of democracy and journalists perform roles that are as important as the role of doctors and lawyers.
An allied factor with the increasing professionalism in the media is the fact we are seeing the age of specialisation and super specialisation in the mass media like we are witnessing in all other areas of professional pursuit. To stay ahead of this curve and anticipating this trend in the industry, IIMM offers specialisations in the areas of electronic and print journalism, in corporate communications and journalism, within the vast area of corporate communications in public relations and advertising, camera facing roles like anchoring or technical skills like production and media research, as well as reporting and writing for both electronic and print media jobs. Based on the interest and the aptitude of the student as well as regular evaluations conducted by the experienced faculty of IIMM, we counsel and encourage students to specialise in areas of mass communication that they are best suited for.
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