Online PG Diploma in Journalism and Mass Communication
This course will teach candidates to identify news, develop story ideas, research and report information, write in the journalistic style, and publish or broadcast information by using the internet. The course will prepare students for the jobs with newspapers, magazines and Internet sites, as well as in the radio and television and related fields, including public relations, political and corporate communications, and nonprofit organizations. A significant component of the course will focus on the ethics of the industry. In addition, this course will teach candidates to be more thoughtful consumers of news and, in turn, more responsible citizens.
In the information age of 21st century, journalism as a discipline and a domain of knowledge, as an industry and socio-cultural institution, has acquired greater attention and relevance. It has ushered in the ‘difference’ and ‘transformation’ in the global environment. If one believes in the saying ‘democracy is hollow without the right to dissent, one needs to repose faith in the saying that journalism assures each citizen the right to credible, reliable and truthful information. Winston Churchill was not hyperbolic when he proclaimed “journalism is that the guardian who never sleeps and protects the rights of people.” It is an undeniable fact that press is an autonomous institution and of late it has acquired the recognition of being the ‘fourth estate.
Journalism has traversed through several phases, with the journalist enacting potent roles on the ‘global –stage’ bringing ‘difference’ in the lives of people as a mediator between the common man and the policy-making elites, the moderator, entertainer, analyst, commentator, guardian of the democracy and advocate of public dialogue.
These days Journalism and Mass Communication Programmes are offered by a large number of universities across the globe. The oft-asked question regarding the relevance of the journalism courses when several renowned journalists of the past and also in the present do not possess a degree in this field has been answered very well by Press Council of India, that journalism schools groom students, along with the vocational skills as they include critical and analytical approaches to journalism.
As part of the expansion and diversification program, to blend literary studies and media studies for wider knowledge and enhance job prospects, the Department of English studies, DEI launched a One year Post Graduate Diploma in Journalism and Mass Communication Programme in 2009 in the collaboration with the Madhubala Institute of communications and Electronics Media, New Delhi.
Objectives of Program
Graduates of any faculty from any recognized university in India and abroad are eligible to seek admission to this course, provided they satisfy the following conditions-
Duration of the Course: The Post Graduate Diploma course will be 25 weeks duration commencing from August to February. The course curriculum will be conducted at the weekends, i.e. Saturday and Sunday.
The professional programs in Journalism unfold new frontiers with jobs such as : broadcast journalist, editorial assistant, magazine journalist, newspaper journalist, press sub-editor, publishing copy-editor or proofreader, advertising copywriter, information officer, market researcher, multimedia specialist, public relations officer, and writer.