Bachelor of Arts [BA] (Journalism)

Course Structure

Distributed over a span of three years, this course aims at teaching the basics of journalism to enrolled students. The subjects which comprise the course vary from History of Journalism to Psychology and Law. Some of the papers taught in a BA Journalism course are:

  • Fundamentals of Journalism
  • History of Journalism
  • Language
  • Media Laws and Indian Constitution
  • Reporting and Editing Techniques
  • Media Management
  • Developmental Psychology

Ideally, at the end of IV Semester students enrolled in BA Journalism have to complete a Summer Internship program of 4-6 weeks in a media organization. 

Structure of Marks Distribution

Generally, there are four papers in one semester making it eight in one year and a total of 24 papers during the tenure of the program. The scheme for marks distribution is as given below:

Assessment Criteria Weightage
Theory Paper Examination 75%
Internal Assessment 25%

Internal Assessment

Internal Assessments includes the following constituents:

  • Written Assignments
  • Class tests and Quizzes
  • Case Presentation
  • Group Discussion 

BA Journalism: Overview

An overview of the syllabus for BA Journalism is given below:

Name of the Course Topics Description
Introduction to Communication Introduction Models of Communication Basics of Mass Communication Limited Effects Paradigm Media and the Public Sphere Growth and Evolution of Media This is an introductory paper which gives an overview of the field of journalism and maps its evolution through to modern times.
Principles of Journalism A brief introduction to Journalism Pioneers of Indian Journalism Role of Press in Democracy Theories of Press Introduction to Regional Journalism Concepts related to Newspaper Newspaper and Globalization This course teaches the basic concepts, history, and scope of journalism.
Reporting and Editing Practices Reporter – Concepts and attributes News Writing Structure Reporting different news stories Newspaper Organization Headlines This course helps journalism students learn the most important skills of reporting and editing.
Writing for Print A brief introduction to Newspapers, Magazines and other publications Concept of News Newspaper Content Writing Opinion pieces, editorials, feature articles, interviews, profiles, reviews, criticism etc. Principles of editing, rewriting, and translation Print media is an integral part of journalism and this course helps a student develop an understanding of the various forms of print media and methods of writing associated with them.
Writing for New Media Introduction to New Media Writing for Online newspapers Blogs Cellphone Communication E-mail With the advent of the Internet, New Media has emerged as a fast-growing means of mass communication. This course prepares a student for various forms of writing for the New Media.
Press Laws and Ethics Origin and definition of Law Law and Morality Types of Law – Civil and Criminal Press Legislations Freedom of the Press Defamation Contempt of Court Censorship Legislative Privileges This paper focuses on imparting students with the knowledge of laws and ethics related to the field of journalism.
Public Relations and Advertising Introduction to Public Relations Stages of PR Communication with Public Need and Meaning of Advertising Advertising strategies Sales Promotion Advertising Agency Copy Presentation This paper introduces the related filed of Public Relations and Advertising as these form an integral part of mass communication in the contemporary world.
Critical Media Debates Understanding of Media State monopoly over Media Privatization of Media Alternative Media Spaces Tabloid Culture Construction of News This course deals with the various issues and challenges related to the field of media and journalism.
Television Production Pre-production- Pre-production: From idea to shooting script Research and planning of location, appointments, interviews, lights, SFX etc. Production proposal, treatment, script outline, screenplay Shot breakdown including visuals, narration/dialogue, SFX and floor plan with characters, camera movements and important set designs Budget: planning, estimate, resources and expenditure Production: Lighting, Sound Television news: News values Analysis of news bulletins Scripting for TV news, TV studio setup Television documentary Practical – Production- Camera techniques/ operation Camera movements, angles, shots Types of cameras Video formats This paper aims at introducing the various aspects related to broadcast journalism both in theory and practice.
History of Communication Media Historical Context of the emergence of Mass Media Technologies Print Media Sound Media Visual Media The History of Telecommunication and Informatics This course introduces the history of communication and various medium of communication in India.

Bachelor of Arts [BA] (Journalism) : 9 answered questions

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Ques. How is a bachelor's degree in journalism from DAV University Jalandhar?

● Top Answer By Kiran Chugh on 17 Jul 21

Ans. I have a few friends from DAV University in Jalandhar and they were able to give some insight regarding the Bachelor’s degree in journalism. The teachers are excellent and are very well versed in this field who will impart their best experience to the students. The Head of Department (HOD) Mr. K.K Rattu is a very experienced professional who has served more than 30 years at the Doordarshan network. The department has 3 DSLR cameras for still photography, a professional video camera, microphones, sound systems, and all other equipment required. So yes it is a pretty good institute to study Journalism.Read more
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Ques. What is good about pursuing BAJ&MC at Amity University Gwalior?

● Top Answer By Admin on 13 Jul 21

Ans. If you are looking for an open and journalistic environment, Amity University Gwalior is the right place for you. The courses here help students understand journalism right from the starting stages. The faculty is also quite helpful and it encourages students to explore all the different areas in the field and find their expertise in it. You will also get to go on several industrial visits where more exposure is given to practical work by the faculty. It also has many other perks like a fully functioning media studio, a good classroom environment without many restrictions and rules. The residential facilities are also worth it and you can expect decent placements once your degree is over. You will get good support from the placement cell too. The college also runs its own newspaper, magazine as well as radio in which there is massive participation by the students. In my opinion, if you are looking to build a career in mass communications and journalism, Amity University Gwalior would be a great fit for you.Read more
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Ques. Do Amity B.A Journalism and mass communication have a scope? Which campus is the best in terms of both the fees and education?

● Top Answer By Anil Tigga on 07 Jul 21

Ans. Nowadays, B.A. Journalism and Mass Communication is on a boom and it has a good scope. According to some of my friends studying at the Gwalior, Amity is the best one in terms of both the fees as well as the education. The Amity School of Communication (ASCO) is one the most prominent institutes of Media education in the Gwalior region of Madhya Pradesh. Firstly, the main focus of ASCO is to make people aware of high-quality media education in the region of Madhya Pradesh (Gwalior). Secondly, to produce highly qualified media professionals – print and electronic journalists, anchors, creative designers, producers, presenters, etc. With a Journalism degree, you can also work as Advertising professionals, public relations professionals, photojournalists, and academicians in the field of media studies. Moreover, the program thus consists of six semesters over three years. Students study 11 different subjects per semester with a perfect blend of practical and theoretical knowledge. Scope: The growth of social media and online platforms has opened many more opportunities, other than print and television. It has gradually become a competitive field. But due to the constant demand, they will require a lot of professionals. Thus the scope will increase each day. If you choose to pursue BJMC, then it’s a win. You can look forward to working in the fields such as public relations, television, films, publishing, journalism, editing, direction, etc. Furthermore, the talented and trained individuals in India and abroad are given lucrative and attractive positions as journalists, actor, editor, screenwriters, RJ, producers, and VJ.Read more
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Ques. Is Amity Gwalior good for journalism?

● Top Answer By Sabeer Chalana on 11 Jun 21

Ans. Amity University located in Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh is considered the top private university in Madhya Pradesh. One of my cousins is pursuing a BA in Journalism. So, let me share his experiences, which might help you answer the question. About the course: They offer a 3 years course with six semesters. You will learn eleven subjects per semester. It provides students with both theoretical and practical knowledge. Facilities: They have the latest equipment for print, electronic, and new media. You get a VFX-Chrome-designed newsroom with MCR, voice-room, updated software, radio-room where students broadcast their radio show on online radio “am radio”, Macintosh, etc. Students also get experience with musical instruments in its art audio-visual studio. They also have a photography lab, printing room, advertising room, digital lab, and more. Course Fee 3.18 lakh Placement Percentage 100% Highest CTC 4.5 - 7 LPA Average CTC 2.4 LPA Top Recruiters Times of India, Aaj Tak, Star TV, My FM, Jost Talks, Prime Focus, Wittyfeed, Zee News, Tehelka, Dainik Jagran. Therefore, Amity University’s Gwalior is good for pursuing journalism. The communication department provides good opportunities to students by giving them practical and theoretical knowledge, and by offering good placement.Read more
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Ques. How is the BA (J&MC) course at Amity Gwalior?

● Top Answer By Supriya Sarkar on 04 May 21

Ans. Amity School of Communication (ASCO) under the Amity University Gwalior is a media education institute in the state of Madhya Pradesh giving a Bachelor’s as well as Master’s degree in Journalism and Mass Media. It produces many print and electronics journalists, advertising professionals, public relations professionals, photojournalists, and academicians in the field.  The details of the course are discussed below – Course Structure – It is a 3-year course spread across 6 semesters. It is a very good blend of traditional value systems and ethics along with modern practical and theoretical knowledge in sync with the industry demands. Facilities – The school has a multi-storied studio with cutting-edge acoustics and audio-visual settings equipped with all important musical instruments, a modern photography lab, print, advertising, and digital as well as an editing lab. It also has a VFX-Chroma-enabled newsroom with a voice room and dedicated MCR to get a practical exposure to the real-life working of studios.  Career Options – Media consumption has only increased over the years and will continue to grow as well in the foreseeable future. With the rapid growth of online advertising, newspapers and news agencies will offer careers as actors, editors, VJ, RJ, screenwriters, producers, etc. Overall, a career in Journalism and Mass Communication is very lucrative with ample opportunities given that you have passion for the field and you are willing to work in the space.Read more
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