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.
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
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