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 comprises 16 modules, seminars and workshops spread over 310 sessions with 62 credits. The successful completion of 310 Sessions with 62 credits makes the student eligible for the diploma. 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.
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. It 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.
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.
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.
Students will get hands-on experience to bring out an e-publication and to write for a news portal, through a virtual newsroom.
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.
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.
Students with less than 75 per cent attendance in three or more modules/sub-modules will not qualify for the Diploma, irrespective of their academic grades.
The course is also available with entirely in-person sessions on the Nirmala Niketan Extension Centre Campus.