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B.A. Journalism & Mass Communication is a 3-year undergraduate course divided into 6 semesters. The minimum eligibility for the course is a 10+2 or equivalent qualification in any stream, from a recognized educational Board, with a minimum aggregate score of 50%.

    Some of the institutes that offer the course in India are listed here:

    • Indian Institute of Journalism and New Media (IIJNM), Bangalore
    • Symbiosis Institute of Journalism & Mass Communication (SIMC), Pune
    • Indian Institute of Journalism & Mass Communication (IIMC), New Delhi
    • Mudra Institute of Communications (MICA), Ahmedabad
    • Asian College of Journalism, Chennai             
    • Xavier Institute of Communication (XIC), Mumbai.

    The average tuition fee charged for the course in India ranges between INR 2,000 to 5 lacs for a span of 3 years.

    B.A. Journalism & Mass Communication course has been designed to offer enrolled students Basic journalistic skills in various mass media, to expose students to recent developments in media issues and media research. B.A. Journalism & Mass Communication course also provides professional familiarity with the various technologies involved in mass media like computer applications, respective software and hardware applied in print, radio, television, internet and such forms of media.

    Admission to B.A. Journalism & Mass Communication course is based on the candidate’s performance in a relevant entrance exam or merit obtained in the last qualifying exam.

    Such graduates are hired in capacities such as Feature Writer, Columnist, Fashion Photographer, News Analyst, Public Relations Officer, Radio Jockey (RJ), Special Correspondent, Video Jockey (VJ), TV Correspondent, Staff or Freelance Writer, Correspondent, Illustrator, Photojournalist, Journalist, etc.

    Successful graduates of B.A. Journalism & Mass Communication course can expect anything between INR 4 to 10 lacs as an annual salary in the industry, increasing with experience and skill set.

    Top Colleges for Bachelor of Arts [BA] (Journalism and Mass Communication)

    • Bachelor of Arts [BA] (Journalism and Mass Communication) in Kerala
    • Bachelor of Arts [BA] (Journalism and Mass Communication) in Maharashtra
    • Bachelor of Arts [BA] (Journalism and Mass Communication) in Uttarakhand
    • Bachelor of Arts [BA] (Journalism and Mass Communication) in Punjab
    • Bachelor of Arts [BA] (Journalism and Mass Communication) in Haryana

    B.A. Journalism & Mass Communication: Course Highlights

    Listed below are some of the major highlights of the course.

    Course LevelGraduation
    Duration3 years
    Examination TypeSemester System
    Eligibility10+2 in any stream
    Admission Processbased on entrance exam
    Course FeeINR 2,000 to 5 Lacs
    Average Starting SalaryINR 4 to 10 Lacs per annum
    Top Recruiting CompaniesCNBC, Guardian Group, BBC, ABC, AIR, NDTV Network, Hindustan Times Group of Publication, Zee TV Network, Viacom, Times of India Publication Group, BBC, Big Entertainment, TV 18 Groups, etc.
    Top Recruiting AreasAdvertising Agencies, Books and Novels, Circulation & Public Relations, Broadcasting Corporations, Central Information Service, Legal Affairs Department, Journals & Blogs, News Agencies, Press Information Bureau, TV Channels, Radio Telecasting Companies, Photography Companies, Periodicals & Magazines, Newspapers, and such.
    Job PositionsFeature Writer, Columnist, Fashion Photographer, News Analyst, Public Relations Officer, Radio Jockey (RJ), Special Correspondent, Video Jockey (VJ), TV Correspondent, Staff or Freelance Writer, Correspondent, Illustrator, Photojournalist, Journalist, among others.

    B.A. Journalism & Mass Communication: What is it About?

    Journalism is the correspondence of information between the news and the general population. Journalism is fundamentally founded upon standards of truth, autonomy, and transparency. Mass communication tools such as radio, TV, portable, web-based social networking fall within the purview of mass communication.

    A journalist or writer covers relevant information or data related to business, culture, governmental issues, financial matters, history, amusement, and games, etc.

    B.A. Journalism & Mass Communication program is best suited for eligible candidates with interest in, and aptitude for investigation and reporting of happenings, issues, trends, and stories around the world to a vast audience through mediums like newspapers, magazine, television, internet, etc.

    Such candidates would ideally possess the ability to think analytically, and write across platforms, including web writing and copy editing.

    B.A. Journalism & Mass Communication course has been designed to train enrolled students in skills of editing, writing, photographing, etc. Such professionals are typically employed with newspapers, periodicals and magazines, central information services, press information bureaus, websites, AIR and TV channels.

    Successful graduates of the course can also take up job positions involving writing for multimedia and the web, such as writing news and other articles. They must have the requisite skills for writing precise news stories adaptive to contexts and settings.

    B.A. Journalism & Mass Communication: Top Institutes 

    Listed below are some of the top institutes in India that offer the course.

    Name of InstituteCityAverage Fees
    Madras Christian CollegeChennaiINR 42,319
    Symbiosis Institute of Media and CommunicationPuneINR 1,90,000 
    Christ UniversityBangaloreINR 66,667 
    Chitkara UniversityPunjabINR 1,25,000 
    Indian Academy Degree CollegeBangaloreINR 14,000 
    M.O.P. Vaishnav College for WomenChennaiINR 18,000 
    Jain UniversityBangaloreINR 1,21,000 
    Garden City UniversityBangaloreINR 1,12,000 
    Mount Carmel CollegeBangaloreINR 42,600 
    Seth Anandaram Jaipuria CollegeKolkataINR 1,988 
    Presidency CollegeBangaloreINR 53,333 
    Kristu Jayanti CollegeBangaloreINR 30,000 
    Flame UniversityPuneINR 4,77,000 
    IFTM UniversityMoradabadINR 50,000 
    St. Peter's UniversityChennaiINR 5,500 
    Acharya Bangalore B-SchoolBangaloreINR 13,892 
    Vidyasagar CollegeKolkataINR 12,650
    Hiralal Mazumdar Memorial College for WomenKolkataINR 1,375 
    BMS College for WomenBangaloreINR 18,883 
    Bhandarkars Arts and Science CollegeKarnatakaINR 15,300 

    B.A. Journalism & Mass Communication: Eligibility 

    Listed below are the minimum criteria which candidates interested in pursuing the course are required to fulfill, in order to be eligible to apply for B.A. Journalism & Mass Communication course.

    • Successful completion of the 10+2 level of education in any stream, completed from a recognized university.
    • A minimum aggregate score of 50% (45% for SC/ST candidates) at the 10+2 level.

    B.A. Journalism & Mass Communication: Admission Process

    Most institutes offering B.A. Journalism & Mass Communication course admit students based on performance in a relevant entrance test, often followed by a round of personal interview, wherein their general aptitude for the course is tested. Admission process generally varies across colleges. A few institutes also provide direct admission based on the candidate’s performance at the 10+2 level.

    Institutes such as the following conduct entrance tests for admission to B.A. Journalism & Mass Communication course:

    • IIMC- Indian Institute of Journalism and Mass Communication
    • MICA- Mudra Institute of Communications

    Listed below are some of the top entrance exams conducted in the country for admission to B.A. Journalism & Mass Communication course.

    • Asian College of Journalism Entrance Exam
    • Indian Institute of Journalism & Mass Communication Entrance Exam
    • International School of Business and Media Entrance Exam
    • Jamia Milia Islamia Entrance Exam
    • Manipal Institute of Communication Entrance Exam
    • Symbiosis institute of Journalism & Mass Communication Entrance Exam
    • Xavier Institute of Communications Entrance Exam
    • Mudra Institute of Communication Entrance Exam
    • Andhra University Common Entrance Test
    • Symbiosis National Aptitude Test.

    B.A. Journalism & Mass Communication: Syllabus and Course Description

    A semester-wise breakup of the course’s syllabus is tabulated here.

    Semester ISemester II
    Fundamentals of Communication SkillsWriting for Media-Theory
    Fundamentals of ComputersWriting for Media-Practical
    English Literature IEditing-Theory
    Reporting-TheoryEditing-Practical
    Reporting-PracticalEnglish Literature II
    Fundamentals of JournalismIntroduction to Indian Constitution
    -History of Media
    Semester IIISemester IV
    Radio Broadcasting-TheoryAdvertising-Theory
    Radio Broadcasting-PracticalAdvertising-Practical
    TV Broadcasting-TheoryPublic Relations-Theory
    TV Broadcasting-PracticalPublic Relations-Practical
    Photojournalism-TheoryMagazine Journalism-Theory
    Photojournalism-PracticalMagazine Journalism-Practical
    Introduction to CinemaInternet & New Media-Theory
    -Internet & New Media-Practical
    Semester VSemester VI
    Environment & MediaInformation Society
    Media, Society & DevelopmentOrganizational Behavior & Media Organization
    Media CriticismMedia Law & Ethics
    Basic Media ResearchMedia Law & Ethics
    -Project

    B.A. Journalism & Mass Communication: Career Prospects

    For creative, expressive extroverts, Journalism & Mass Communication is the field best suited. The proliferation of media into the society now, through mediums such as television, newspaper, radio, advertising, PR etc., is greatly improving the program’s popularity

    Related B.A. Journalism & Mass Communication courses

    • BA Mass Communication
    • BA Journalism
    • BA English Literature

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    Some of the popular professional avenues open to successful graduates of the course are listed below with the corresponding salaries offered for the respective positions.

    Job PositionJob DescriptionAverage Annual Pay Scale in INR
    ColumnistsColumnists compose or opinionate on news for daily papers. Normally all newspapers run sections of columns on legislative issues, sports, religion, guidance, etc.4,30,721
    TV correspondentA TV Correspondent covers newsworthy stories that are important to the general society. For instance, Journalists examine and write about subjects, such as household and remote issues, governmental issues, crime, or medical issues.8,80,150
    Fashion PhotographerFashion Photographers take pictures of models, which are utilized for sites, magazines, print promotions. They also perform photo shoots that highlight the attire, frill, and clothes worn by models.6,40,440
    PhotojournalistThe essential role of a Photojournalist is to be a visual storyteller. By capturing, altering, and exhibiting pictures, they recount a story in a way that no other media can. Often, Photojournalists are independent picture takers and offer their photographs to different organizations around the globe.5,17,523
    Radio Disc JockeysRadio Jockeys, also called radio DJs or Commentators, utilize automated sound hardware to communicate distinctive sorts of music. They work for open and private radio stations and internet radio stations. Radio Jockeys also communicate with live audiences on occasion.6,40,232

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