What is and How to Be a Journalist

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The world receives information because of people working round the clock in studios. The people running here and there with microphones and camera and we called them Journalists.

Everyone wants to be in front of the camera and only few who wants to work behind the lens. Holding a microphone in a hand gives you a different feel. Everyone likes to be dressed up and addressing the nation. Those TV anchors are an inspiration for many.

Making your voice heard is simply the best. There is a career opportunity for you in Journalism and you can very well pursue them. Career Counselling platforms do a great job in giving career guidance to students about the career options one can consider.

Journalists should be watchdogs and not lapdogs - Newton Lee

What resides in you? Is it Arnab Goswami or Ravish Kumar. The nation wants to know. Explore the inner self and know what exactly you want.

Are you curious to know about the world events? Do you want to cover the world and want the microphone in your hand? Does the studio setting, the camera makes you feel comfortable?

If it does, then maybe journalism is the calling career for you. You should pursue Journalism as a career.


 Become a journalist to come as close as possible to the heart of the world.


Many people have a misconception or only one sided view on the career journalism. Arre Kya Karoge Journalism Karke, Mike Leke Ghumoge. This is the attitude of the majority. Don’t get furious. Change their perception about journalism and show them what all you can do after being a journalist.

Let’s have a look at the career of a journalist.

What is Journalism?

The profession of collecting, writing of news for newspapers, magazines, and websites due to the presence of news online as the result of technology, the internet and going digital. The act of gathering, creating news and information to be disseminated to a mass audience. News and Information is a product of journalism.

Who is a Journalist?

A journalist is a person involved in the profession of journalism. The person responsible for collecting, assessing, writing, bringing news from all corners of the world to you. They cover events and give you information. We have sports journalist covering sports events like matches.

How to choose a career in Journalism

Becoming a Journalist is not a cakewalk at all. It requires efforts and practice of years to become a successful journalist. The big names that rule the news channel today be it Rajdeep Sardesai, Ravish Kumar, Anjana Om Kashyap have given their lives in the pursuit of truth. Being a Journalist is a tough job. There are hundreds of journalist. Do you know the name of all the hundreds? No, only a few that can be counted on the fingertips. This is because of the work they have been doing for past years and continue to do.


 Ratings Do not Lasts, Good Journalism Does.  


Top Colleges of Journalism

Vivekananda Institute Of Professional Studies (VIPS)

Jagannath Institute Of Management (JIMS)

IP College for Wome

Delhi College of Arts and Commerce

Fairfield Institute of Management and Technology

Eligibility to pursue Journalism:

Pass class 12th in any stream Science, Commerce or Humanities

Obtain at least 50 % of aggregate in 12th Boards

Pass class 12th from a recognized board

The process of becoming a Journalist:

♦ As soon as you end your class 12th and wish to do journalism. Start preparing for the Entrance examination. The admission to this course is through entrance test. A test called CET (common entrance test ) is held by various colleges of IPU (Indraprastha University). Whereas if you want to do journalism from Delhi University, you may get admitted on the basis of cut-offs or entrance test depending on the college. The CET is an objective type paper with four sections.

♦ The CET rank holds value. Your rank score decides the college you will get. Lower the rank better the college you are admitted to. After the entrance, you are called for the counselling session and then you are asked to select a college of preference and then finally you are admitted to the college

♦ So, now you are admitted to a college offering a journalism degree. You are a journalism student. It is an undergraduate, 3-year program and after completing it you are offered a degree in Bachelors of Journalism. It is a combination of theory subjects as well as practical. You get to try hands on enough practical assignments. Good colleges have newsroom settings, studios, video labs etc. Gain as much as you can.

♦ During the third year course, you will be required to go for training period for one month preferably. It is known as Summer Internships. You are required to work with media houses such as Times Of India, Hindustan Times or News agencies such as PTI (Press Trust Of India). The idea is to make you work with newspaper, Tv channels such as AajTAk, ABP to give you a functional exposure how things work. You will realize the actual world in which this journalistic work is different from what you study.

♦  After completing your undergraduate and obtaining a Bachelor's degree in Journalism. Students go for higher studies. Study the Master's degree. Master of Journalism or M.A (journalism). Many Institutes offer the Master program in Journalism Field. It is a two-year course. Colleges offering the master's degree are:

1.  Jamia Millia Islamia

2.  Indian Institute of Professional Studies

3. Galgotia University

Once you are done with your studies and obtain the relevant degree and are now qualified as a student in Journalism. You are ready to work as a journalist and take up the profession of journalism.  Many colleges offer campus placements and you can find a job for yourself too.

As a journalist, you are entitled to work with media houses in Newspaper and Television. The choice is yours.

Journalist Career: The hierarchy


Staff Reporter

Principal Reporter

Senior Reporter

In the beginning when you join you will be working as a trainee. As you advance you will climb up the ladder through our own efforts and by the news you generate. You will be assigned beats like education, health, Bureau. The Bureau beats like Supreme Court are covered by an experienced journalist. You will work on local beats. You develop sources on the beats that give you information.


Salary of a journalist is not that handsome in the beginning. You work in a salary of 10,000-15000. It may increase with a change of company, experience.

As a journalist, it is important to establish your credibility. The profession of journalism works on truth and credibility. As you represent a nation you are expected to be truthful in your dealings.

People place trust in you as you give information to them that matters to you.

The profession of a Journalist is a trusted one. It works on developing faith among the audience. It takes years to get your name count among the hundreds. The well received profession of serving the nation with news and empowering them.

Journalist risks their lives in the extreme situations just to give you a piece of news and information that matters to the world.

Proudly say: I AM A JOURNALIST. smiley

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