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Creating future media professionals at Jindal School of Journalism & Communication

Kishalay Bhattacharjee on the opportunities post a degree in journalism and communication

Need for an undergraduate degree in journalism and communication

Essential skills of a media and communication professional

Scope and fundamentals of journalism and mass communication

You say you are a school of “journalism and communication.” What do you mean by that?

We offer a pre-professional hands-on course of study, where we focus on the traditional skills of journalism as well as newer forms of journalism, including social media. We are also a liberal arts discipline that weds traditions from communications, sociology, political science, and journalism to assess the role and impact of media in contemporary society.

What is the future of journalism?

Like their counterparts around the world, journalists in India are being buffeted by a special mixture of dramatic, disturbing and exciting forces of transformation. We as a faculty would not be spending our careers diligently educating the next generation of journalists if we did not think it had a bright future.

 

Are there any jobs out there for journalists?

You may have read about cuts in jobs in the traditional print and television fields. To be sure, journalism is an occupation in evolution, and those job cuts are due in significant part to technological advances. These advances have also opened exciting new opportunities beyond traditional jobs.

Does the school encourage students to intern?

Absolutely, the school helps to arrange internships at leading NGOs and media operations during both the winter break and the summer break. Our faculty use their many contacts to help arrange these internships.

What kind of atmosphere is the faculty trying to establish at JSJC?

We try to blend the rigorous with the informal. Our faculty work very long hours preparing for class and doing their own research. But they are generally available to address student concerns on very short notice. We share a common goal: To make Jindal the best place in India to study journalism and communication.

Why don’t you offer courses in photography, public relations or film-making?

While we have great respect for the fields of public relations and film-making, that just do not fit into our tightly focused curriculum at present. We are developing a sequence in photography and visual communication. We plan to roll that out soon.

Is a foreign language required?

No. But we strongly encourage students to take a foreign language—and Jindal offers courses in French, Spanish, Arabic, Mandarin and German. We are a Global University, after all! We are developing liaisons with universities around the globe, and we hope our students can study abroad, if only for a short period.

What is the distinguishing feature of the Jindal school of Journalism and Communication?

We want to be known as the place where students learn to write well and to read well. All else follows from that.