Certificate Course in Journalism


Course Objectives

The Journalism course is apt for aspiring journalists, who wish to take up journalism as a profession. The course will introduce the students to various aspects of journalism, to prepare them to be journalists. The course will help learners hone skills to be a good journalist and a good communicator. The course will expose them to various issues concerning development in the country and train them to act on the issues for the betterment of the society and the affected people.

Employment Opportunities

The course will help students to be niche journalists, writing about various developmental issues, Sustainable Development Goals of United Nations, as well as issues related to gender, children, hate crime and the like. The course will introduce the students to newsroom decisions and planning of editions. The students will be trained to produce publications and will get opportunities to do so. With the exposure to basics of radio and television, the students will produce radio and television programmes as a part of the course.

Course Framework

The course comprises 11 modules, seminars and workshops spread over 140 sessions with 28 credits. The successful completion of 140 Sessions with 28 credits makes the student eligible for the certificate. The course would be spread over two semesters. The Academy reserves the right to modify the syllabus or combine sessions in the larger interests of the learners.


Teaching Methodology

Andragogy will be followed, which would include lectures, group discussions, seminars, case studies, recommended/suggested field visits and research. All sessions would be online.


Students will be given assignments based on the course content and learning outcomes.

Virtual Newsroom

Students will get hands-on experience to bring out an e-publication and to write for a news portal, through a virtual newsroom.

Session Timings

Two or three sessions a day, generally held between 9 am to 8 pm, Monday to Saturday. If the need arises, sessions, field visits and/or seminars could be held on Sundays and holidays.

Admission Requirement

Minimum qualification required for admission to the course is graduation or its equivalent. Those awaiting their graduation results are also eligible to apply for admission.


Students with less than 75 per cent attendance in three or more modules/sub-modules will not qualify for the Certificate, irrespective of their academic grades.

The course is also available with entirely in-person sessions on the Nirmala Niketan Extension Centre Campus.

For in-person course