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All You Need To Know About Studying Journalism At DU

DU offers a variety of papers under different courses for an undergraduate degree in Journalism and Media. Use this guide to make sure you cover all the bases and choose what suits you best.

Delhi University (DU) consists of several colleges that provide under graduation courses in the field of Journalism, Media and Mass Communication. Broadly this is offered through four courses namely – B.A. (Hons) in Journalism, B.A. (Hons) in Hindi Patrakarita, B.A. (Hons) Multi-Media and Mass Communication and Five Year Integrated Programme in Journalism.

These courses differ in their structure and teaching style but all of them provide an exposure to the various fields that fall under the umbrella of journalism and mass communication.

B.A. (Hons) in Journalism

The Bachelor of Arts degree of Journalism Honours offered by the University of Delhi equips students with a working knowledge of all forms of journalism like print, broadcast, radio and other interdisciplinary courses like advertising and public relations, documentary filmmaking and new media techniques. Students get to experience the interface between academia and the media industry through inputs from eminent personalities and journalists in conferences or workshops as a part of its detailed course structure.

This course is offered by seven colleges in DU which are:

  • Bharati College
  • Delhi College of Arts and Commerce
  • Institute of Home Economics
  • Kalindi College
  • Kamala Nehru College
  • Lady Shri Ram College for Women
  • Maharaja Agrasen College

Out of these, five are women colleges and two are co-ed (Delhi College of Arts and Commerce and Maharaja Agrasen College).

Admission to these colleges is done through merit on the basis of cut-offs released by DU. The number of seats for reserved categories are allotted as per university rules. Aggregate of the best four subjects is counted and the additional benefit of 1% to female students applies to this course as well.

What is Special – Hear it From the Students

Our college does have video cameras, DSLRs and other equipment but they are not up to date with the technology or in enough numbers. The course we study is very professional and infrastructure intensive. We lack adequate equipment but the experienced and dedicated faculty totally fill up for it. Our faculty consists of media professionals who have worked in the industry before, in say films or television. Apart from teaching the theory part, we are also sent to locations and events to report about them. We produce radio shows and documentaries on our own, from scripting to editing; so that ensures good exposure right from the first year.

says Aniket Singh Chauhan, a journalism student at Maharaja Agrasen College.

The annual fee for B.A. (Hons) in Journalism varies from college to college. It ranges around Rs 18,100 to Rs 40,000. However, the University reserves the right to revise this fee without any prior notice.  Some of the exceptional papers offered in this course are Media Industry and Management, Film Appreciation, Media Ethics and Journalism, Dissertation, Media Gender and Human Rights.

Kamala Nehru College has one of the finest departments of Journalism in Delhi University.

One of the best parts of the syllabus is that it doesn’t converge only to Journalism but expands to media, radio, films, photography, advertising and so much more. We get to learn about a lot of things before committing to a specialisation. Most of the colleges including KNC which offer Journalism are a little heavier on the academic side than practical, owing to the poor infrastructure but hands down the best faculty is provided. So there might be compact spaces, two fans and a non-working AC but the heated debates and insightful lectures will go on. And casually two pigeons will come flying inside the classroom.

Umaima Khanam is a second year journalism student at Kamala Nehru College.

Journalism In Hindi

B.A. (Hons) in Hindi Patrakarita Evam Jansanchar is a journalism and mass communication course in the Hindi medium. It is taught in four colleges namely Aditi Mahavidyalaya, Dr Bhim Rao Ambedkar College, Ram Lal Anand College and Sri Guru Nanak Dev Khalsa College. This course aims to equip students with the nitty-gritty of Journalism in Hindi language, one of the most sought after in the industry with special reference to TV channels, anchoring, reporting, publishing, translation etc. The fees for this course ranges from Rs 10,000 – 20,000 annually.

Aditi Mahavidyalaya is one of the colleges offering B.A. (Hons) in Hindi Patrakarita Evam Jansanchar.

Admission is done on the basis of merit and subsequent cut-offs. Hindi is compulsorily included in the best four aggregates. The papers are carefully designed and include topics like History of Print tracing back the pre-Independence era up till the advent of the Internet, Photography, Social Media, Hindi Film Appreciation, Radio Broadcasting, Environmental Communication, Research and Television Journalism.

Multi Media and Mass Communication

Indraprastha College for Women is the only college to offer B.A. (Hons) Multi-Media and Mass Communication (BMMMC). The course here is a self-financed one and approved by DU. The department faculty comprises scholars and professionals from various fields like advertising, media studies, international relations, electronic media etc. Guest lecturers and professors from related departments of the college and other media schools, experts and practitioners from the media industry are also drawn in for workshops and to teach a diversity of papers.

The infrastructure includes an Audio Visual Production Centre that houses a studio and PCR for video and audio productions. It also has a newly made Multimedia Lab and editing bays with the latest software. The department is famous for having the latest camera and production equipment like teleprompter, DSLRs or audio mixers. This enables the students to have hands-on experience of the course. Owing to the high-end infrastructure, BMMMC is one of the most expensive courses in the University. The annual fees are around Rs 1,15,000.

IPCW offers the unique self-financed hands-on BMMMC course.

Admission to this course is done through an entrance test. To be eligible to appear for the test, candidates must have an aggregate of 75% or more marks in the best four subjects. 85% or more in English is mandatory. The entrance test does not follow a prescribed syllabus, instead, it is based on general awareness, media and current affairs, English comprehension and grammatical and analytical skills.

What Makes It Different?

BMMMC course includes specialized communicative modes introduced for the first time in any media curriculum. Papers like Fashion Communication, Communication for Special Needs, Integrated Marketing Communication, Exploring Hindi Cinema, Communication and The Plastic Art are offered here exclusively, as a part of the curriculum.

People usually prefer learning a foreign language, but I’ve never heard anyone wanting to learn the Indian Sign Language (ISL). We were taught the ISL as a part of our course in the final year. Studying this paper was not only about learning a new language, but getting to know the differently-abled, how they communicate and what struggles they face with hearing people. It gave me an opportunity and privilege to be aware of the various disabilities and the stigmas that surround it.

said Vrinda Jain, a recent graduate of IPCW’s coveted BMMMC

BMMMC also offers elective courses like Theatre and Communication and Communication and Disaster Management. The course here is a balanced mix of theory and practical aspects of media.

Integrated Programme in Journalism

Delhi School of Journalism (DSJ) is the only college in the University to offer a Five Year Integrated Programme in Journalism, in both English and Hindi mediums. DSJ is housed at the University Sports Stadium in North Campus and is a five minutes’ walk from the Vishwavidyalaya Metro Station.

Admission to Delhi School of Journalism is done on the basis of an entrance examination with eligibility of minimum 50% in best five subjects in class 12, irrespective of the stream. The entrance test, conducted in both English and Hindi, is based on general knowledge, current affairs, analytical and comprehension skills. There are a total 120 seats – 60 for Hindi and 60 for English sections. A combined merit list is prepared based on the entrance marks that includes all categories as per the university rules.

This is the only course in the University to offer foreign (French, Spanish, Chines, Arabic) and regional languages (Tamil, Bengali) as papers. The Integrated Programme at DSJ allows students to pursue post-graduation without having to give separate entrance exams for a master’s degree. The programme also allows an exit option after three years where the student can graduate with a Degree of Bachelors in Journalism (BJ). Students completing the latter two years in DSJ are awarded a Degree of Master’s in Journalism (MJ).

Delhi School of Journalism offers the unique integrated journalism programme.

Emphasis on the Subjects Offered

The course structure is a blend of inputs on different forms of journalism, media culture and communication theories.

The course is very practical and provides you with intensive knowledge on different kinds of journalism – Science, Data, Business, Investigative, Sports, Entertainment, Web and Design. Regular lectures from guest faculties and professionals from the industry give us an opportunity to pick up hands-on skills.

Anoushka Sharma, one of the students of the first graduating batch at DSJ.

It also includes papers like Communication and Public Policy, Television Production, Cinema Studies, Social Media, Media and Governance among many others. The teaching methodology incorporates guest lectures, workshops, field visits with an emphasis on independent projects and assignments. The fees for this course is Rs 39,520 for odd semesters and Rs 28,000 for even semesters.

While there are cameras, mics and video recorders, a proper media lab that can house a dedicated production room and other equipment is in the establishment phase.

Sharma adds

Pursuing studies in the field of media, journalism or mass communication opens up a plethora of career opportunities. But the choice between course and college is a tough one. It is important to make an informed choice and not rush with the decision. Remember, at the end of the day, what matters is getting the most out of your choice.

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