Types of degree in Journalism, Media, PR and Communications

Sep 09, 2014 By Univariety

Career in Journalism, Media, PR and Communications is often mystifying. With an industry full of opportunity and high-paying jobs, particularly in India, the need to know the difference between the types of degrees is crucial as employment prospects vary by the reputation of the institute and course. Here are the different types of degrees for Journalism, Media, PR and Communications that are available in India:

Bachelor of Journalism is a three-year course that imparts knowledge exclusively in journalism and its various types, like Analytic journalism, Data-driven journalism, Tabloid journalism, and Society reporting.

Bachelor of Journalism (Honours) abbreviated as B.J. (Hons) is an advanced learning course of the same Bachelor of Journalism course with minor additions. This three-year course imparts knowledge exclusively in Journalism and its various types.

Bachelor of Communication and Journalism abbreviated as B.C.J. is a professional programme aimed at preparing graduates for entry into work in journalism and related fields. It develops understanding of journalism and its contexts.

Bachelor of Mass Media abbreviated as B.M.M. has been integrated to provide students with a firm grounding in creativity and communication skills. It also gives its students an opportunity to combine the theoretical curriculum with practical applications, through detailed research, lucid writing skills, oral presentation skills and a mastery of various mass communications media in the current global information age.

Bachelor of Journalism and Mass Communication abbreviated as B.J.M.C gives students the opportunity to study Mass Communication across a spectrum of media venues. Students can explore how to research and write in several mediums, such as magazines, newspapers, digital media, radio, and television.

Some of the top colleges that offer these courses are Lady Shri Ram College for Women, Delhi, Madras Christian College, Chennai, Symbiosis Institute of Media and Communication, Pune, Christ University Bengaluru, Manipal Institute of Communication, Manipal, Makhanlal Chaturvedi National University of Journalism and Communication, Bhopal, Delhi College of Arts and Commerce, Delhi University, Indian Institute of Mass Communication, Delhi. In order to be eligible for these courses, candidates must have passed 10+2 or equivalent examination conducted by the PUC/CBSE/ISC or equivalent board. However, some colleges tailor their eligibility criteria to each course. 

There are other diploma courses that students could pursue, they are:

  • Diploma Course in Journalism & Mass Communication
  • Diploma in Communication, Journalism and Public Relations
  • Diploma in Mass Media

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