Post-graduate diploma in JournalismPioneer Media School
- Post Graduate Diploma
Frequent Asked Questions
Anyone who has a basic degree in any subject with a minimum of 50 per cent marks and a flair for journalism is eligible to apply for admission to this programme. Candidates will be selected on the basis of their performance in the entrance test and personal interview.
The course has the right mix of theory and practice which enable students to not only learn reporting, interviewing, writing and researching reports but also acquire production skills that puts them firmly ahead of their peers. Students at the Pioneer Media School are taught by a distinguished array of media teachers and practicing professionals who bring their rich experience to the classroom.
The course is spread over two semesters and is designed to enable the student to grasp fundamentals in the core areas of print, television, radio and online journalism.
The course curriculum:
Semester - I
Mass Communication Theories
Fundamentals of Audio Visual (AV) Journalism
Print Journalism -I
Semester - II
Media Law and Ethics
Print Journalism - II
In view of the growth in Hindi language media - TV, Print and Radio - special training will be given to equip students with the necessary language and attitudinal skills needed to excel in Hindi-oriented organizations.
The Course in Detail
Semester - I
Mass Communication Theories - This is a basic unit that outlines the theories and forms of communication and their relevance to journalism practice. It deals with models of communication and relevance of communication theories to practice. It enables students to understand the relationship between media and society and the impact that the former has on the latter. Students are also exposed to different political systems and the role and power of the media in them.
Communication Research - This unit deals with the fundamentals of research, types of research, the nature and purpose of social research and research methodology. Students will learn about research tools and techniques, data analysis methods, statistical analysis and report writing. They are introduced to communication research and to the deployment of this research method in reporting. This will enable them to understand how quality research is critical in media. The unit also exposes students to the fundamentals of marketing research and public opinion research and to readership and audience surveys in India.
Media History - An understanding of the history of the media and the development of radio, television and online journalism enables students to acquire a perspective on the world they live in.
This unit will deal with the story of newspapers and of other media and the impact that they have made on human existence. It will also touch upon the history of the media in India and the critical role that newspapers have played in India's freedom struggle.
Other elements in this unit include the history of broadcast journalism in India and the growth of television and web journalism in the country.
Fundamentals of AV Journalism - This unit gives students their first look in the audio-visual media. Students learn about broadcast equipment, formats of production and the different kinds of programming in radio and television. They are introduced to skills needed in contemporary multi media journalism and to the application of these skills across media. They also get the first feel of the skills needed to make them technically competent to produce radio and television programmes. This includes an understanding of the principles of sound, microphones, stereo and Hi-Fi sound, characteristics and features of the video camera, basic shots, television lighting, basic audio for television, satellite and terrestrial transmission.
Print Journalism - I - This unit deals with basic concepts like what is news, the structure of news reports, news sources and news reporting. Students learn different writing styles and pick up skills in writing news features, news analysis and opinion pieces. They learn about specialised areas of reporting like politics, business, sports, crime, cinema etc and about investigative journalism. They also go out on assignments to report real events in the municipal council, city courts, the Delhi state legislature and on the sports arena and will have members of The Pioneer staff as their mentors.
Semester - II
Media Law and Ethics - A sound understanding of media law and ethics is essential for every journalist. This unit equips students to avoid legal pitfalls in their careers. They learn about constitutional safeguards relating to freedom of expression and also acquire a firm grasp of the legal system and about laws pertaining to defamation, libel, contempt of court, contempt of legislature, court reporting etc. The unit covers laws relating to intellectual property and copyright and discusses issues like personal privacy versus press freedom, legislature privilege versus public interest etc. Students also learn about a wide range of laws that have a bearing on the media.
Print Journalism - II - Having learnt to report events for a newspaper and to write for different sections of a newspaper in the earlier unit, students acquire skills in editing and newspaper production in this unit. They learn the basic principles of editing, the art of headline writing, newspaper vocabulary, the flow of news copy from across the globe, the structure of a news desk. They are taught newspaper design, page visualisation, designing the front page and other special pages. Most importantly, students acquire computer skills and an understanding of computer software essential for quality newspaper production.
Radio Journalism - This unit explains how radio news is different from news in print or on television. Students learn skills needed to report for radio and about field and investigative reporting for radio. They pick up skills relating to structuring radio copy, use of ambient sound and sound bytes, voice dispatches, writing lead-ins and interviewing for radio news. Other elements in this unit include editing agency and reporters' copy for radio and content, delivery of news on FM radio, radio jockeying skills, presentation of music programmes and talk shows. This unit also teaches students to apply the principles of sound, sound recording and their understanding of microphones to produce radio programmes. They learn about editing sound and using special effects, digital sound recording and editing.
Television Journalism - Students learn about the concept, process and functions of visual communication in this unit. Understanding a story in visual terms is critical to quality television journalism and this unit helps students grasp this fundamental principle. They learn to visualise television news and pick up skills relating to writing for video, stills and graphics. This is followed by an understanding of television reporting, doing piece to camera and voice-overs. Students learn production and post-production skills. They learn to plan and research for field reportage and for studio productions. They are taught single camera and multi-camera shoots, television news capsuling and news anchoring. Finally, they learn editing skills on non-linear editing systems.
Internet Journalism - This unit introduces students to online or web journalism, which is the newest form of journalism. Students are taught a short history of the web and its creation, the technology of the web, the emergence of journalism on the web and online publications. They are taught to apply design principles and journalistic disciplines in web publications as also online narratives and use of hyper-links. They also learn about writing for web publications as distinct from print, radio or television.