The world of communication has witnessed tremendous growth in the past couple of years. Mass communication is nothing but the study of how individuals or entities share information through mass media with large sections of people. The mediums of relaying information are plenty including newspapers, magazines, radio, TV, websites, social media and more. Mass communication covers many fields, one of which is journalism. Journalists have the all important job of investigating, researching and reporting local news and events as well as the latest happenings around the world. It is rather hard to imagine mornings without reading the newspaper, it not only keeps you informed but also helps you stay connected with the rest of the world.
The field of mass communication is very appealing for students because it offers a great deal of job satisfaction. Another advantage of working in this field is that you have the opportunity to bring unheard of but deserving stories into the limelight that can help affect change even if on a small scale.
Mass communication courses are not cheap, a bachelor’s degree can cost you anywhere in the range of from R 60,000 to R 2, 00,000 per year. If you choose to pursue a PG diploma course from The Indian Institute of Mass Communication, it can cost you around R 40,000 to R 1,00,000 for one year. Alternatively if you wish to enrol in a PG course from MCRC at Jamia Millia Islamia, it can cost you close to one lakh for two years.
Once you complete a course in mass communication, you can pursue a career in fields such as films and TV, publishing, public relations, journalism, editing, direction, filmmaking, scriptwriting, production, etc. Below are some interesting job profiles that you can consider –
- Fashion Photographer
- Film Director
- TV Correspondent
- Radio Jockey/ RJ
- Sound Engineer
- Sound Mixer and Sound
- Special Correspondent
- Video Jockey
- Art Director
- Event Manager
- Public Relations Officer
If you pass out from a recognized institute then it would be easy for you to get placed but if you enroll in a not-so-well-known institute, then you will need to work harder to get placed in renowned organizations. Mass communication freshers can get a starting pay package of around R 12,000 and 25,000. Once you gain some experience in the field, you can earn in the range of R 50,000 to R 1,00,000 per month. There is no dearth of job opportunities for mass communication graduates as many new media houses and television channels are opening up all across the country. Media professionals can always choose to work in films, TV channels and production houses. And if you do not feel like taking orders from a boss, you can always start taking up freelance filmmaking projects.
A degree in mass communication is not enough for you to succeed in this field; you also need to possess certain qualities and skills. If you are interested in print journalism then you need to have knowledge about what is going on in the world and stay updated about the latest events. Alternatively if you want to work in electronic media, then you should have proficiency in computers and know the basics of video editing. It is always advisable to work as an intern in an established media house, this will help you understand exactly how media houses work and will also help sharpen your skills so that when you apply for a job, you are able to carry out your roles and responsibilities easily.
For BA (JMC) – 45% Marks in 10+2
For MA & PG – 45% Marks in Graduation
For Ph.D – 55% Marks in Masters level
Selection criteria may vary and depend on merit based marks in qualifying exam.
Symbiosis Institute of Media and Communication, Pune
Lady Shri Ram College for Women, New Delhi
Christ University, Bangalore
Even though I am still studying, I am getting to learn so much about mass media that I am becoming more passionate about working in this field as the days go by. The best thing about the course is the assignments, you need to actually visit different places and write accounts and that helps me learn better. I am also really looking forward to the internship. It’s not an easy course but its challenging and that is why I am really enjoying it.
Priyanka Kalita, Student, Tezpur
I have always wanted to be a RJ and that’s why I wanted to get a degree in Mass Communication. This course will teach you everything there is about mass media and that is why it is great for people who want to build a career in this line. I not only got to learn about radio and how it came to be but also about writing, editing, layout and more. So, in future, if I want to pursue a different line within the same field, I can easily do so.
Raj Sharma, Student, Bangalore