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IGNOU M.A in Journalism and Mass Communication

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M.A in Journalism and Mass Communication

(Programme Code: MAJMC)

This is a regular, full-time programme offered from the IGNOU campus, in New Delhi. The programme caters to the needs of academics, higher learning and research. It also prepares the students to join news organisations such as, newspapers, magazines, radio, and television. To facilitate holistic journalism training, the School has adopted UNESCO’s model curriculum for journalism education for this masters programme.

The coverage areas of the programme broadly are:

  • Print, electronic and online journalism
  • Specialised field of news reporting
  • Special emphasis on news production – Print, magazine, electronic and new media
  • Media system and management
  • Research methods for journalism
  • Project work in journalism, and
  • Internship with any media organisation.

Specifically, the programme would include concepts of news, role of journalism in society, history of journalism; acquire skills in identifying news and separate fact from opinion so as to learn how to cover political and social issues of particular importance to the society.

The programme will also focus on the important aspect of media ethics and laws and best practices in journalism. An internship in the chosen field of specialization would help them to understand their roles better enabling them to get jobs in the industry.

The programme will assist the learners to develop communication skills to help them carry out their responsibilities as journalists and mass communicators. They will also be taught how to conduct journalistic research, write, edit and produce material in various media formats.

Objectives: After completing the MAJMC programme, a student will be able to:

  • Describe the concept of news and apply it in different forms of journalistic writing;
  • Develop new story ideas and sharpen the news sense to identify the news;
  • Develop new style of news writing and its presentation.
  • Report, write, edit and produce news for print, radio, television and online media.
  • Convert the story from one format to different media formats

Target group: The programme will be useful to those intending to make a full time career in main-stream media – particularly news organisations. It will also be relevant to those already employed in any of these areas and seek to upgrade their skills and knowledge or want to shift from one medium to another. Thus the programme is aimed at the following:

  • Students who want to develop skills in print and electronic media to work as reporters, script writers, presenters and producers;
  • Students interested to join in new media such as web journalism, multimedia and so on;

Application Form: http://www.ignou.ac.in/MA/MA-EntTestAppForm2010July.pdf

Courses:

COURSE COURSE TITLE Credits
CODE
S MJF101 Reporting and Writing (Tier I) 3
e MJF102 Media and Society 3
m MJF103 Journalism Ethics 3
e MJF104 Graduate Level Course I 2
s MJF105 Foundations of Journalism I 2
t

e r 1

MJF106 Media Workshop – Print and Online 3
S MJF201 Reporting and Writing (Tier II) 3
e MJF202 Media Law 3
m MJF203 Graduate Level Course II 2
e MJF204 Foundations of Journalism II 2
s MJF205 Media Workshop – Print and 3
t Online
e r 2 MJF206 Internship 3
S MJF301 Specialized Reporting 3
e MJF302 Advanced Research Methods 3
m for Journalism
e MJF303 Analytical and Opinion Writing 3
s MJF304 Graduate Level Course III 2
t MJF305 Foundations of Journalism III 2
e r 3 MJF306 Media Workshop – Radio and TV 3
S MJF401 Specialized Reporting 3
e Continued
m MJF402 Advanced Research Methods 3
e for Journalism
s MJF403 Master’s Project / Thesis 3
t MJF404 Graduate Level Course IV 2
e MJF405 Foundations of Journalism IV 2
r MJF406 Media Workshop – Radio and 3
4 TV

In addition to a state-of-the-art multimedia with the latest high-end systems and suitable media related software, Electronic Media Production Centre of IGNOU with live broadcast facility would also be available as laboratory for the programme.

Eligibility: Bachelor’s degree in any subject with 50% marks (Reservation as per notified norms).

Medium of Instruction: English and Hindi Duration: 4 semesters (2 years)

Admission cycle: Admissions would be made only once a year in the month of July.

Mode of Admission: The admission will be through an entrance test and an interview. The pattern of questions will be a mix of multiple choice and subjective questions. The Entrance Test will cover some of the following areas: general understanding of media, current affairs, communication skills, reasoning skills, creative ability, ideation and visualisation for media etc. The short listed candidates will be asked to appear for an interview.

Programme Fee: Rs. 80,000 (Rs. 20,000 per semester x 4 semesters).

Examination fee: 50/- per paper Certificate fee: Rs. 300/-

Evaluation: The School has adopted continuous evaluation method in which theory paper would be evaluated at 60:40 ratio (i.e. sixty per cent for term-end examination and forty per cent for continuous evaluation). Practical oriented papers would be evaluated at 40:60 (i.e. forty per cent for term-end examination and sixty per cent for continuous evaluation).

Attendance: The attendance is compulsory. A student needs to attend at least 75% of classes. A maximum of 10% of would be condoned based on medical grounds only.

Class Timings: 10am to 4.30pm

Class Venue: IGNOU Campus at Maidan Garhi, New Delhi – 110 068.

Laboratory Facilities: A state-of-the-art multimedia with the latest high-end systems and suitable media related software.


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