The catch phrase in journalism is ‘passion’ the zeal for telling stories in the best way possible.
The morning newspaper with the customary cuppa, news anchors announcing the headlines radio news on your way to college and the innumerable Internet websites you Google for all dope ‘news’ is omnipresent. And so is the demand for people who dispense it journalists.
Although the current recession may have had some impact on the industry, it remains an attractive profession for thousands of media aspirants. Besides, with the meltdown easing industry insiders feel. It’s a matter of time before openings burgeon.
Among the oldest news media, print journalism involves writing for newspapers and magazines, many of which are over a century old. Entering a newsroom accompanies a sense of, achievement. It vests one with the power of asking questions to one and all. But with great power, comes great responsibility. A newspaper byline is a product of a lot of, invisible, hard work. It requires intensive research, fact finding and interviews.
Profession involves a lot of learning on the job, basic journalism grounding always helps. Being armed with a mass communication degree or diploma implies that one is not totally raw. This certainly helps during placement. Enumerating a few things one should keep while selecting a course. Students should study the institute’s syllabus, the faculty, the track record for placements and the practical training whether it provides sufficient practice in writing news reports and teaches software, like Quark Express, used in newsrooms.
There are several qualities that make for a proficient print journalist. Having a nose for news, good writing grasping power and clarity of thought are helpful in penning effective stories. Possessing a certain way with people is also important for, securing interviews. Illustrating some other essential traits Good health is important for doing field work; being presentable matters when going out for interviews and being non-judgmental is quintessential for unbiased reporting.
Traditionally considered a low paying, journalist has picked up on the pay scale. That on an average a trainee journalist today can make anywhere between 15 to 20,000 rupees per month
Freshers inevitably start off as interns or trainees either on the news or the copy desk. While the former work as reporters, the latter edit stories. Upon securing a place in the newsroom climbing the ladder becomes easier. By displaying effort and an aptitude for the profession, within three to four years a reporter can become a principal correspondent while a sub-editor can become a senior or chief sub editor in a daily.
Broadcast journalism witnessed an upsurge in India, with the launch of 24 hour news channels in the 2000s. Although comprising both television and radio, broadcast journalism today is synonymous with television news. Reminisces a former broadcast journalist, When 24 hour news channels came to India he was working in print and clearly remember how exciting the new medium seemed. But it came with new challenges. A broadcast news room is much more high tech than a print newsroom. It’s all digital and wired and the very sight of so much technology can be overwhelming. Also, the deadlines are more and stress is often sky high. Newspaper come out once everyday but TV news comes every hour or even half hour. This creates multiple dead lines and increase the pressure.
Today, various institutes offer postgraduate programs in broadcast journalism. It is important for a course is to make the student comfortable working with cameras and software like Avid and iNews, being used by news channels today.
Broadcast requires reporters to think visually. Being an audio visual medium, it is important for broadcast journalist to think and write for pictures.