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B.A. (Hons.)
JOURNALISM AND MEDIA STUDIES

Course Start Date

01 August 2023
End Date
31 July 2027
Duration
4 Years

Programme Fee (Yearly)

Rs. 3.5 Lacs

Programme Curriculum: BA (Hons.) in Journalism & Media Studies

Over the first two years students train in the foundational areas of journalism through core courses and electives from both Jindal School of Journalism & Communication and other schools at JGU. Students are also required to complete internships during each semester break. In the final year, besides other courses, students choose an area for concentrated study, and complete a thesis/field report duly approved and advised by JSJC faculty.

 

The skills courses cover the basics of print, audio-visual and multimedia journalism: how to research, how to write a lede and structure a story. The programme is aimed at encouraging students to write to deadlines and to give them adequate exposure in reporting, writing and producing.

Academic Programme

1st Year

Semester 1

  • Tools of the New Age Journalist
  • Reading for Writing
  • Microeconomics: Individual Economic Behaviour
  • Colonial Roots of Modern India
  • Reporting Environment: Reading the Anthropocene
  • Shaping Our Worlds: Old Media, New Technologies

Semester 2

  • Podcasting and Audio Journalism
  • Profiles and Drafts
  • Macroeconomics: National and Global Economies
  • Histories of Capitalism and Colonialism
  • Democracy and Politics in India
  • Media and the New Nation

2nd Year

Semester 3

  • Live Radio Broadcast (Interviews, Panels, Drama)
  • Literary Forms and Genres
  • Data Analysis for Storytelling
  • Understanding Cultures: Visuals and Narratives
  • Social Structures in South Asia: Caste and Religion
  • Cross-listed Elective

Semester 4

  • Electronic News Gathering: Photojournalism and Video
  • Writing to Deadlines
  • Climate Change and Global Warming
  • Gender and Sexuality
  • Journalism, the Law and Society
  • Cross-listed Elective

3rd Year

Semester 5

  • Live Video Broadcast (News Features and Studio Panels)
  • Editing Theory and Practice
  • Three Departmental Electives
  • Cross-listed Elective

Semester 6

  • Multimedia Storytelling
  • Interviews and Essays
  • Three Departmental Electives
  • Cross-listed Elective

4th Year

Semester 7

  • Capstone/Industry Project or Dissertation
  • Specialisations in students’ chosen journalistic beat.

Semester 8

  • Capstone/Industry Project or Dissertation
  • Specialisations in students’ chosen journalistic beat

Departmental Electives

Departmental 
Electives 
are
 courses 
offered
 as 
per 
JSJC’s
 requirement 
and
 faculty
 expertise.
 These
 help
 students 
pick 
up
 advanced
journalistic 
skills
 such 
as
 interviewing 
or 
explore
 issues 
that 
concern
 journalists
 and
 the 
media.

Fall Departmental Electives

1. Seminar in Data Journalism

2. Representation in Media: Gender, Class and Caste

3. Communication for Development

4. Contemporary World Politics

5. Great Books

6. Investigative Journalism

Spring Departmental Electives

1. Reporting Elections

2. The Killing Fields: Understanding and Reporting Conflict and Violence

3. Power Point: Governance and the 21st Century

4. Comparative Politics and Political Systems

5. The Rise of the Right

6. Off-Centre Reporting

What are Cross Listed Electives?

Cross‑listed electives are courses offered by different schools—including JSJC—that students across Programmes can take. Some of the courses offered by JSJC faculty members are꞉ Media, Politics, and Post‑Truth, True Crimes꞉ Facts and Narratives, Media and Globalisation, The Monsters We Can’t See꞉ Horror, Cinema and Political Anxiety,  Censorship, Googling the World꞉ Data, the Algorithm and Social Justice, Frontiers and Borderlands