or Bachelor of Arts in Journalism is an Undergraduate course in Journalism for students who have successfully completed their Higher Secondary School education. It is a three years’ course, being taught at most undergraduate colleges in India.
Journalism has had a long history in India, starting with Independence struggle to the most recent election campaigns in India. Journalism is a field full of adventures, new challenges and excitement. It is an ideal field of study and career for individuals who are extrovert, have a zeal to get to the bottom of a story and are capable of analyzing a story and craft it in words.
BA Journalism is an optimal course for students who desire to pursue a career in mass media. Leading Media houses like the Times Group, HT Media etc. in India hire graduates with a degree in journalism for various roles. Since the coursework for the BA Journalism program includes every aspect of news reporting and journalism, this course opens numerous possibilities for an illustrious career in Media and Broadcast industry.
History of Journalism Courses in India
India has a 60 years old history of education in Journalism and Mass Communication. The first ever University level education in Journalism and Media Studies began at the Hislop College in Nagpur in 1952. Since then media studies have developed through different stages metamorphosing from Media studies to Mass communication as a reflection of the changing society. Today with about 60 universities and 100 private institutions catering to Journalism courses, India has seen an influx in Journalism graduates in the last few years.
Purpose of the course
Mass Media has evolved over the years creating a huge demand for trained media professionals. BA in Journalism is a course which prepares students for a career in Media and Journalism, both Print and Electronic. Students who successfully complete the Bachelor of Arts program in Journalism are adept in various skills which relate to reporting, journalism, writing, editing, news presentation, news compilation etc.
Duration of the course
A Bachelor course in Journalism spans three years and usually follows semester system with two semesters in each year.
Highlights of the course
· Eligibility for the Program - 10+2 with 50% marks or more
· Duration of the Program - 3 Years
· Number of Universities - 60
· Number of Students - 2000 approx.
· Average Tuition Fee - 30,000 to 2.5Lakh INR for three years
· Average Salary - 150,000 to 200,000 INR per annum
· Required Skills - Good communication skills, writing skills, general knowledge, aptitude for video, audio editing etc.
There are about 100 institutes which offer BA Journalism program at college level. Some of these institutes are:
Christ University, Bangalore
Madras Christian College
Correspondence Mode of Study
A few universities in India also offer BA in Journalism through distance mode. Some of these universities are:
Mahatma Gandhi University
YashwantraoChavan Maharashtra Open University
Learning Objectives for BA Journalism
With more and more individuals being drawn towards the field of print and broadcast media, the demand for BA Journalism program has increased. Journalism is basically an evolved form of story-telling. BA in Journalism helps an individual hone their story telling skills. At the end of the course, you are expected to possess ability to tell stories – entertainment or informative, following the best journalism practices. A degree holder in BA Journalism, has learned the theoretical and practical aspects
(10+2) or High School Senior Secondary exam by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) or any equivalent exam conducted by any State Board or Equivalent. He/She should have secured a minimum 50% Aggregate with English as a subject. All SC/ST candidates have a relaxation of 5% in the minimum aggregate.
Admission to BA Journalism program starts after the results for the 10+2 examination are declared. Ideally the process begins in the month of May when various institutes invite application from prospective students. Students whose 10+2 results have been declared or who are awaiting their results can fill the application forms for the course.
After the submission of the application form, students are called for a written test. Written Test might be of Objective and/or Subjective type. Objective paper may contain questions from General Knowledge, Current Affairs, Popular Media, English Language, Case Studies etc. Subjective paper may contain questions on
English Comprehension and Grammar, Social Issues, Politics, Media Issues or Creative Writing etc.
Written Test may be followed by a Personal Interview on the basis of marks scored in the written test and percentage secured in the 10+2 examination.
The final selection of candidates for admission is based on the performance in written test, interview and marks scored in Higher Secondary School Examination. An overview of the weightage given to each of the criteria is given below:
Marks in 10+2 examination
University of Delhi – Central Admission Test
Manipal University – MU – OET (Manipal University Online Entrance Test)
Banaras Hindu University – UET (Undergraduate Entrance Test)
Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University – CET (Common Entrance Test)
Symbiosis Institute of Media and Communication – SET (Symbiosis Entrance Test)
Amrita University – conducts only personal interview
St. Xavier’s College, Goa.