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M.A. in convergent journalism
AJK Mass Communication Centre
Jamia Millia Islamia

 
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1. What does ‘Convergent Journalism’ mean? And how this course is different from other courses of journalism offered by private and government run educational institutions around the country?
While the previous two centuries will be remembered for the advent of different technologies, the current century will go down the annals of history for the convergence of not only technologies, but for the convergence of ideas, ideologies and cultures. Just like other spheres of lifes, in journalism too, convergence is taking place at the levels of technology, media ownership and the presentation and packaging of news. This process began with the convergence of technologies which is now strengthening the concept of cross media ownership, where media companies “encourage cross- promotion and content sharing among print, online, and television platforms owned by the same company” says Professor Rich Gordon of the Northwestern University. According to Stephen Quinn, an associate professor of journalism at Deakin University in Australia, “as a student graduating from a journalism program in the early 21st century, you need to know about convergence because it is likely to influence the way your career evolves.” Keeping in view the needs of today’s media industry we have designed this integrated course of print, broadcast, (radio and television), online and photojournalism for the journalists of the future.

 
This course is different from any other course of journalism available in the country because the students of this course are trained to work in any of the above mentioned streams of journalism as anchors, reporters, visual reporters (traditionally known as camerapersons and still photographers), visual writers (traditionally known as video editors), copy writers, editors and producers.
 
2. Who should seek admission in this course?
Before applying for admission in this course please ask the following questions to yourself:
 
  • First and foremost you must ask yourself; why do you want to be a journalist in the first place? If you want to be a journalist because journalism is considered to be the most glamorous job today after acting, then please don’t apply for admission in this course.  You are not made for it. 

  • Before applying for admission in this course please do ask yourself; can you write and speak grammatically correct English? Like all the other courses offered by the Centre, in this course too, the medium of instruction is English. Because:

    (a) English is the international language of journalism. All the well established news agencies supply the news material in English and even the language media heavily rely on them.
    (b) All the good text books on journalism are in English.
    (c) Last but not the least; AJK MCRC is a very ‘cosmopolitan’ centre of learning. Students coming from different states of India and abroad can only be taught in English and, therefore, all the group exercises are done in English.

  • Journalism is all about ‘storytelling’ and language is a major tool of expression and storytelling. Before applying for admission in this course you must ask yourself that apart from English which other language(s) you can write and speak effortlessly and fluently?

  • Do you have sufficient basic knowledge of national and international affairs?

  • Everything from news writing to editing and from designing newspaper pages to editing visuals, pictures and sounds is done on computers in this course. So ask yourself are you computer savvy? Can you work on computers conveniently?

If the answer to any of the above questions is NO then please think twice before filling up the form for admission in this course.
 
 
 
3. How M.A. Convergent Journalism course is different from the M.A. in Mass Communication course?
By now you know what ‘M.A. in Convergent Journalism’ course is all about. On the contrary ‘M.A. Mass Communication’ course is basically a production course of radio, AV production, television and film. Journalism (print, broadcast, online and photojournalism), PR, advertising and corporate communication etc. are not part of the syllabus of M.A. Mass communication course. All these subjects are taught in M.A. in Convergent Journalism course alone. In M.A. Mass Communication course the main focus is on TV programme production and Film making. So if you want to be a Television and Film production person, then apply for admission in M.A. Mass Communication course. For all those applicants who want to be a journalist in future, M.A. Convergent Journalism course is the best.
 
4. What types of questions are asked in the written test? And how do I prepare for the entrance test?
The following is the distribution of marks for the Entrance Examination:
 
Written Test: 200 Marks
Interview : 045 Marks
Portfolio : 055 Marks
 
 

Written Test: The written test will be further divided into two parts:

 
 

Interview: Questions on the following topics/subjects may be asked during the interview:

 
  • The subjects you have studied in B.A.
  • National and international affairs.
  • Politics.
  • Media.
  • Fine arts and culture.
  • Religion.
  • Science and technology.
  • Language and literature.
  • Major recent events.
 

Portfolio: The portfolio should include the proof of any of the following activities:

 
  • Media Related Activities: Writing articles in well established daily newspapers or magazines, taking part in radio and television programmes as talkers or presenters, photography, painting and music etc.
  • Making documentary films, producing radio programmes, designing and producing newspapers or magazines as part of your curriculum at the undergraduate level.   
  • Extra curricular Activities in School or College Days: Taking part in debates, essay competitions, painting competitions, drama and sports etc.
  • Any other activity that proves that you have the potential to be a journalist.
 
The main aim of the written test and the interview is to make sure that you are made for this course. For that you hardly need any extra preparation for the written test and the interview.
 
 
5. What are the job prospects for me after successfully completing this course?

Although we insist that AJK MRC is not a ‘placement agency’, we have a very impressive placement record. AJK MCRC has its own placement cell and the former students of AJK MCRC working in film, television and radio industries are making us proud. They owe their existence to AJK MCRC and the Centre owes its existence to them.

As far as the job opportunities for the students of this particular course are concerned, they are enormous to say the least. Media, particularly the news media, is one of the fastest growing industries in India. Almost all the students of both the batches of P.G. Diploma in Journalism, the forbearer of this course, are working in leading TV news channels, news papers and magazines, FM radio stations and Web News Portals. Their employers value them a lot because they can work on any of these platforms with equal ease.

If you want to ask any other question please send an e-mail to Richa.pant@ajkmcrc.org

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