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Indian Institute of Journalism and New Media - IIJNM Courses Offered

IIJNM offers the following two programs: Indian Institute of Journalism and New Media - IIJNM Courses Offered

1) Post-graduate diploma in print, broadcast or online/multimedia.

2) Graduate diploma in print, broadcast or online/multimedia.

Both the diploma programs consist of core courses including advanced seminars, electives, media workshops and a master's thesis project. Depending on the type of diploma program, the requirements vary. These courses are offered in two semesters: July-December and January-June.

Both diploma programs emphasize practical training in addition to important theory. This is accomplished by covering news at least twice every week in Bangalore city and surrounding rural areas, using advanced media equipment, working with sophisticated editing software for text, image, sound and video, publishing newspapers, magazines, TV and radio programs, and online/multimedia news presentations. All these are carried out under the guidance of veteran journalist faculty who are complemented by guest lecturers from the media industry. Further, students get the opportunity to intern at media organizations for two weeks to a month. In summary, by the time the academic year ends, the graduating class is ready to hit the road running in their chosen fields – an unmatched experience among media education institutions for motivated students.

IIJNM offers the following two programs:

1) Post-graduate diploma in print, broadcast or online/multimedia.

2) Graduate diploma in print, broadcast or online/multimedia.

Both the diploma programs consist of core courses including advanced seminars, electives,media workshops and a master's thesis project. Depending on the type of diploma program, the requirements vary. These courses are offered in two semesters: July-December and January-June.

Both diploma programs emphasize practical training in addition to important theory. This is accomplished by covering news at least twice every week in Bangalore city and surrounding rural areas, using advanced media equipment, working with sophisticated editing software for text, image, sound and video, publishing newspapers, magazines, TV and radio programs, and online/multimedia news presentations. All these are carried out under the guidance of veteran journalist faculty who are complemented by guest lecturers from the media industry. Further, students get the opportunity to intern at media organizations for two weeks to a month. In summary, by the time the academic year ends, the graduating class is ready to hit the road running in their chosen fields – an unmatched experience among media education institutions for motivated students.

Media Concentrations

Students specialize in one of three areas:

1) Print (Newspaper and Magazine)

2) Broadcast (Television and Radio)

3) Online/Multimedia

Print students are required to cover both areas, with special focus on newspaper or magazine journalism, respectively. Television and Radio students produce both television and radio programs as part of their Broadcast curriculum, with special focus on their area of interest – TV or radio. Online/Multimedia students are required to produce a multimedia website that incorporates all aspects of their study--audio, video, slideshows, etc., and provides links to upload material on cell-phones and PDAs.

Students concentrating in newspaper journalism must take the workshop that requires producing an in-house newspaper. Magazine journalism students produce a monthly magazine. Broadcast students may produce both TV and radio news segments and documentaries, depending on their particular area(s) of interest. Students concentrating in online/multimedia journalism must take the workshop that requires producing an in-house multimedia website.

Core courses introduce students to reporting and writing, and provide a foundation from which much of the subsequent program work is done. The emphasis is on developing their reporting and writing skills. Students also learn the techniques and tools available to them, and understand the ethical and legal issues involved in professional journalism.

Advanced area seminars emphasize selected major areas of journalism, namely, national political reporting, international news coverage, business and financial reporting, and developmental journalism. Advanced concentration seminars provide further skills in the chosen concentration — Television, Radio, Newspaper, Magazine, or Online/Multimedia.

Elective courses allow students to specialize in one or more subject areas such as political reporting, international news coverage, investigative reporting, business reporting, digital photo journalism and others.

Media workshops are in Television, Radio, Newspaper, Magazine, and Online/Mutlimedia. Each student is required to pick one specialty. In the Television workshop students plan and produce television programs including news bulletins and documentaries on various topics. Similarly in the Radio workshop students work with sound and learn to produce different kinds of radio programs. In the Newspaper workshop, students plan and write a newspaper several times during the semester on politics, crime, health, society and other topics. Magazine workshop requires publishing a monthly magazine. Students learn how to interview, write and edit. Online/Multimedia workshop builds on the course on multimedia tools, and students learn to apply these techniques to traditional story-telling elements. Online/Mutlimedia workshop requires publishing and maintaining, on a regular basis, a website using all the aspects of Convergence.

In its scope and duration, the master's thesis project is the postgraduate student's major effort of the year, an in-depth exploration of a topic as a journalist would pursue it. The master's thesis project may be executed in Television, Radio, Print, Online/Multimedia. Each student is assigned an adviser who helps select a topic and provides guidance in focusing the project, conducting the research, and reporting, organizing and writing. The master's thesis project is intended to demonstrate students' ability to conduct and sustain research over several months, their ability to gather and organize large amounts of material, and their capacity to present that material clearly and accurately.

Part-time and On-line Programs

In addition to one-year post-graduate and graduate programs offered, IIJNM School of Continuing Education runs short term weekend courses as well as 6-month on-line programs for those who wish to develop/enhance their skills in selected areas of business and journalism. Conducted by the faculty of IIJNM and industry specialists, these courses help students improve their proficiency in writing for business and/or media, audio and video editing, use of multi-media tools, digital photography, citizen journalism and more

Short-term Courses in Journalism and Business Writing, and Use of Media Tools

IIJNM School of Continuing Education

In addition to one-year post-graduate and graduate programs offered, IIJNM School of Continuing Education runs short term weekend courses as well as 6-month on-line programs for those who wish to develop/enhance their skills in selected areas of business and journalism. Conducted by the faculty of IIJNM and industry specialists, these courses help students improve their proficiency in writing for business and/or media, audio and video editing, use of multi-media tools, digital photography, citizen journalism and more

If there’s one constant in today’s world of media, it is change. Technological advances are rapidly knocking down the boundaries between print, photo and broadcast media, and the future of journalism centers on multimedia. Both journalists and business managers must learn to be more effective and productive within the evolving media.

Professional Writing for the Media

Discover various forms of journalistic writing for newspapers, magazines and the Internet. Make your reporting effective with well-written and compelling stories. Understand essential issues such as accuracy, objectivity, fairness, and credibility along with the key elements of writing that make a news story exciting, fun, and persuasive to read.

Effective Business Writing

Just as in journalism, good writing is a critically important skill in business. This business writing course leads participants to write clear messages and business documents. Master business writing to get positive results -- whether emails, applications, reports or proposals. Develop the confidence to communicate well through what and how you write. Learn to employ superior writing style, structure and format in any kind of communication for maximum impact. Become familiar with the new rules of business writing in today’s digital age. With the advanced writing skills acquired, you will improve your personal and corporate productivity, achieve intended results, and present the appropriate image to clients, colleagues, and the public.

Audio and Video Editing

How often have you wished that you could create a properly edited audio-video sequence from raw footage you have just taken? Use software tools creatively to tell audiovisual stories competently. Play with technology, learn useful, easy-to-use software and produce competent videos and podcasts. Learn how to tell an audio-video story effectively.

Using Multimedia Tools in Journalism

Today, more than ever, journalists must adapt and thrive in a fast-changing media industry. Reporters can no longer depend solely on traditional sources and common media outlets. This course familiarizes you with the tools of multimedia and teaches you how to use them to promote your reportage effectively. Learn how to report online using multimedia tools creatively. Work with social media to get stories, as well as to get them read/watched. For instance, start a blog, or create a podcast or a video clip to enhance your print report.

Becoming an Effective Citizen Journalist

The news reader is now becoming the news writer and producer of new knowledge about what is happening around us, especially where the traditional reporter is unable or unwilling to cover. Because of the wide dispersal of so many excellent tools for capturing live events -- from tiny digital cameras to videophones -- the average citizen can now make news and distribute it globally using blogs, postings on web sites, and You-Tube, an act that was until recently the domain of established journalists and media companies. People who have never had the opportunity to write or contribute to an established media can now publish without waiting for the approval of the media editor. Citizen journalists put out raw, unvarnished, straight-from-the-heart material in constant feed without waiting for anyone else.

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