Career in Journalism


The job however is very time consuming!

To start off
  • You need to decide on the beat (preferred topic) you wish to create a niche in. It could be politics, sports, health or lifestyle as per individual choices.
  • You need to decide whether you would prefer to be a reporter or a feature writer as the writing styles differ as per the beat of your choice and the kind of report or article you will write.
  • You need to be technologically sound. Most sub editors in papers are required to make pages too so you should know how to use softwares utilised in creating layouts. Many papers prefer photojournalists. You will therefore need to be familiar with digital camera usage.

How to become a journalist in a few easy steps


The bottom line


Most journalists hold a bachelor's degree in journalism, communications, English or political science.

Eligibility for Journalism Programmes
For a Bachelors degree in journalism, one needs a minimum eligibility of 10+2 certificate and for post graduate degree courses a graduate degree in journalism is required. Graduates in any stream from a recognised university with 50% marks can apply. Some institutes offer one year certificate courses in journalism for which eligibility is 10+2.

A rookie journalist can expect to get a salary of Rs.5,000 - Rs.10,000. As a reporter, candidates can expect to earn Rs.15,000 to Rs. 20,000. Editors earn a salary of anything from Rs. 75,000 and upwards. Perks like housing and travelling concessions are also provided.