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Journalism Courses After 12th

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Media is evolving dynamically. There have been many developments in various aspects of journalism.

Hence, more content is included in the syllabus while taking up the Journalism course.

In this session, we will discuss various courses in Journalism you could choose from after 12th.

How to Become Journalist in India?

Journalism is a vast area, wherein you could specialize in the desired field according to the career prospects. You could either work as a reporter for television on a news channel or on the radio.

On top of all, the basic requirement to become a journalist, you should be a graduate in Journalism or Mass Communication. It is always recommended to have Political Science or Economics as one of the subjects apart from subjects related to Journalism.

Besides, it is mandatory to focus on electronic news or public affairs reporting. For instance, if you graduated in Journalism specialized in environmental reporting, with physical science as the minor, you could be a Science reporter.


To apply for an undergraduate programme in Journalism, you must have passed 12th in any stream.

Certain universities offer certification courses in Journalism and the eligibility is 12th.

Journalism Courses after 12th

Aspirants looking for a unique career in media could make a great start through various courses in Journalism. Let us look at some of them:

  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Journalism
  • Bachelor of Journalism
  • Bachelor of Mass Media & Journalism
  • Bachelor of Science in Journalism & Mass Communication
  • Bachelor of Journalism and Mass Communication (BJMC)
  • Bachelor of Arts with Mass Media
  • B.A- Script Writing
  • B.A. – Convergent Journalism
  • B.A. Journalism & Communication Studies
  • B.Sc. in Mass Communication, Journalism & Advertising
  • Bachelor in Media Science

The duration of these undergraduate programmes is 3 years. There will be entrance tests such as IPU CET (Indraprastha University Common Entrance Test), MUOET (Manipal University Online Entrance Test) SET (Symbiosis Entrance Test) etc.

Following are the Diploma courses in Journalism

  • Diploma in Journalism & Mass Communication (DJMC)- duration is 2 years
  • Diploma in Journalism- Duration is 1 year

Career Prospects or Job Opportunities

On completion of Journalism course with the desired specialization, you could get a job as one of the following:

  • Broadcast Journalist
  • Editorial Assistant
  • Features Editor for Magazines
  • Magazine Journalist
  • Newspaper Journalist
  • Sub-editor in a press
  • Publishing Cop-editor or Proofreader
  • Web Content Manager
  • Writer

Moreover, you could also work as:

  • Advertising copywriter
  • Digital Copywriter
  • Market Researcher
  • Multimedia Specialist
  • Public Relations Officer (PRO)
  • Science Writer
  • Translator

For aspirants looking for Jobs in Electronic Media, following are the top jobs with high opportunities for growth:

  • Researchers
  • Broadcasters
  • Presenters/Anchors

Salary of Journalists in India

According to the Salary Survey, Search Wages & Salary Comparison, the average salary offered to journalists in India is Rs. 2.4 lakhs per annum. However, a person would not have more than 20 years of experience in any job related to Journalism.

Salary ranges between Rs. 1,00,373 and 624,342. Bonus ranges between Rs. 9.85- 102129. Total salary ranges between Rs.107,020 and Rs.863,449.

In the Public Sector, a person with a Journalism can earn between Rs.15000 and Rs. 20000 per month.

Professionals working in News production- the production journalists will have skills and specialized in language and editing, designing, analysis and adequate knowledge in multimedia platform and applications.

Senior editor/sub-editor/copywriter or copy-editor with over 10 years experience working in metropolitan cities such as Bangalore, Chennai, Kolkata, Mumbai would be able to earn from Rs. 3 lakhs to more than 7 lakhs per year.

Those having an experience of 5 years or more earn between Rs.19000-25000 per month, excluding the bonus and the incentives.

Reporters who are just beginners working in metropolitan areas earn from Rs.8000 to Rs.12000 per month, and those with more than 10 years of experience would earn from Rs. 5 lakhs to 10 lakhs per annum.


In this session, we discussed the aspects of Journalism as a career. We also discussed various courses, the career prospects, and the salary earned by different professionals under Journalism.

Choose the course and specialization accordingly and the right job will land in your hand the right way!

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