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BMM Syllabus – Semester 6 (Journalism)

Posted on 23 January 2013 by BMMBoxer


Marks: 100 (Theory:60, Internals: 40)

Topic of lectures

  • Law
  • Introduction to Laws
  • Classification of Laws
  • Copyright Act and Intellectual property Rights
  • Official Secrets Act
  • Press Council of India act 1978
  • Contempt of courts Act, 1971
  • Other Laws aimed at curbing press freedom
  • Introduction of The Indian Evidence Act 1872
  • Ethics
  • Advertiser and Ownership influence and interference etc.


Marks: 100 (Theory:60, Internals: 40)


  • ¾ To understand the development of broadcast journalism in India
  • ¾ Lean skills and techniques required for broadcast journalism
  • ¾ To learn how to handle equipment- a camcorder and recorder – for a story
  • ¾ Regional language broadcast journalism to be examinaed as a growing and flourishing field

Topic of lectures

  • History of the development of radio journalism
  • The potential of radio as a broadcast medium
  • Radio news formats
  • Writing news for radio
  • Skills of speaking over the radio
  • Principles of sound and production techniques
  • History of the development of TV Journalism
  • TV journalism – local , regional, national and international
  • TV news in the regional languages
  • TV journalism formats ; evolution and popularity of new forms on TB
  • Scripting news for TV
  • Principles of video camera use
  • Skills of anchoring or presenting
  • Videotape editing
  • Examining Broadcast journalism and allegations of ‘dumbing down’ of news
  • Understanding the power of the image


Marks: 100 (Theory:60, Internals: 40)

Topic of lectures

  • Brief history
  • The structure of financial management
  • The Budget preparation and presentation
  • Companies, balance sheets, AGMs window dressing of balance sheets, the loopholes
  • Stock exchange, Sensex and its ups and downs
  • Ethics for business journalism
  • Magazine journalism
  • Magazines during post emergency
  • Western craze among glossy women’s magazines
  • Writing and editing for magazines
  • Role of Alternative media to deal with people’s issues.


Marks: 100 (Theory:60, Internals: 40)


  • ¾ Examine global journalism as a newly emerging reality – it’s implications, strengths and weakness
  • ¾ To examine the journalistic scene in S.Asia
  • ¾ Learning about the Internet as a news medium
  • ¾ Equipping students with basic skills required for internet reporting and editing

Topic of lectures

  • Global journalism
  • Internet journalism
  • Reporting and editing for the net
  • Developing your own web site
  • Internet design
  • News Agencies
  • International news flow
  • Politics of representation of the ‘third world’ in international press
  • International reporting
  • Reporting International politics
  • Challenges to international journalism
  • International law and the role of Western media in defining human rights, and thinking the concept of human rights from a Third World media perspective
  • Asian region and the need for greater connectivity


Marks: 100 (Theory:60, Internals: 40)


  • ¾ To make students aware of the structure, functioning and responsibilities of managements of  media orgainsations
  • ¾ To create awareness of laws governing media orgainsations and their complexities in a globalised world in the wake of an information explosion.

Topic of lectures

  • Types of ownership and their agendas
  • Ideal management structure
  • Management role in ensuring editorial freedom.
  • Organisational structure
  • Financial management
  • Specialized training for skilled workers
  • Marshalling resources
  • Marketing strategies
  • Challenges of globalization, liberalization
  • Legal aspects


Max. Marks: 100 (Theory:60, Internals: 40)


  • ¾ To sensitize students to the environment around them
  • ¾ Developing a perspective towards issues related to the marginalized sections of the society

Topic of lectures

  • Ecological system, services and Economics of Environmental Protection
  • Concepts of human rights and civil liberties
  • Regional issues – Economics, Social, Political
  • Sugar Lobby, operation Flood, Terrorism, tribal Movement, etc.
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BMM Syllabus – Semester 5 (Journalism)

Posted on 23 January 2013 by BMMBoxer


Marks: 100 (Theory:60, Internals: 40)


  • ¾ Certain basic principles: Accuracy, Objectivity, Clarity and speed
  • ¾ The need to verify news. On the spot coverage, checking with the sources, double checking for controversial stories
  • ¾ Understanding New Values

Topic of lectures

  • Writing reports
  • Leads and its types
  • Gathering news
  • New news writing style
  • Investigative Reporting


Marks: 100 (Theory:60, Internals: 40)


  • ¾ To allow improvement in language skills
  • ¾ To impart skills required of a sub-editor

Topic of lectures

  • Specific language inputs
  • Structure and functions of the editorial set-up of a newspaper
  • Functions of the sub-editor – Writing, editing, design
  • Editing
  • Typography and design
  • Editing on the computer.


Marks: 100 (Theory:60, Internals: 40)


  • ¾ Commenting on differences between reporting and  feature writhing, the special skills needed for feature / Opinion writing
  • ¾ Role of opinion writing the need for mature thinking and professional experience

Topic of lectures

  • ‘Hard’ news, ‘soft’ news, definitions and differences
  • ‘Report’ and ‘features’
  • The non-news feature
  • Special types of features
  • Obits a brief history
  • Reviews
  • Columns
  • Trend stories
  • The Editorial page and op-ed page
  • Editorial writing, special skills and analytical power
  • Some famous editors in Indian journalism.


Marks: 100 (Theory:60, Internals: 40)


  • ¾ To examine critically the relationship between the media and public, how much does the media influence public opinion Which are  the agencies manipulating this process of influencing public opinion

Topic of lectures

  • What is public opinion? Who constitutes the public?
  • Which are the tools used to gauge public opinion? How reliable are they?
  • Examining the process where the media is said to have a role in influencing
  • public opinion? How far is this true? Examine the diversities and prejudices in the media,  Issues as discussed by opinion makers like Walter Lippman, Noam Chomsky and Lasarsfeld
  • Agenda setting v/s Uses and Gratifications model
  • The increased use of comment in reporting
  • Provocative editorials and news analysis
  • Political opinion as formed by the media
  • Role of media in times of war
  • Vietnam and Iraq Wars, Bangladesh liberation, etc.
  • Internal Conflicts and media reactions to these State terrorism, is media too much in sympathy with the views of human rights experts as
  • Covering communal riots, ethnic problems,
  • Shaping Trends how does media react to changing times
  • The CNN effect impact.


Marks: 100 (Theory:60, Internals: 40)


  • ¾ Study the evolution, growth and role in modern-day India of Indian newspapers other than in
  • English
  • ¾ Case studies of Hindi, Marathi, Telugu and Urdu newpapers
  • ¾ Role of language papers in fostering socio – cultural development in their areas of circulation
  • ¾ Study intimacy between readers and language newspapers

Topic of lectures

  • Overview of impact of important newspapers
  • Use of common facilities like news pool, personnel, etc.
  • History and development of newspapers
  • How Indian language newspapers have shaped outlook and cultural identities.
  • Rise of ‘Hindi’ newspapers
  • The language press and local politics
  • Growth of regional newspapers
  • Tendency to hunt for higher profits
  • Political role of newspapers before and after Independence
  • Role of editors in upholding standards of journalism
  • Study the role of Editor- campaigners
  • Era of mass circulated regional newspapers


Marks: 100


  • ¾ This paper shall introduce the students to the art of newspaper and magazine design and will orient them towards the practical aspects of newspaper – magazine making.

Topic of lectures

  • Graphic Communication – Past and Present
  • Why and how we read
  • Graphic Reproduction Processes and Presses
  • Type and Typesetting
  • Using Type Creatively
  • Electronic Copy Processing Systems
  • Preparation for Printing
  • Principles of Magazine Layout
  • Newspaper Design and Layout
  • Internal Assessment :  Individual Project
  • Four page Local Newspaper- A3 size- Tabloid Four Page National Newspaper- Broadsheet
  • Thirty-two page Magazine- A4 size.
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Film Sharing Event

Posted on 01 September 2012 by BMMBoxer

Hello All,

Here are the details of the Film Sharing event:


  • Mail Entries to: connect@bmmbox.com
  • Subject Line: Movie title, College name
  • Mail Body: Your name, names of your team members, current college year of each member (if in TY mention specialization), theme of the movie, mention subject and term in which movie was made (eg: Understanding Cinema, 3rd sem)


  • Movie length: 5 minutes or less
  • Students who don’t follow the above mentioned instructions will be disqualified
  • ONLY BMM students can participate in this event
  • Send movies in .avi format
  • In case of huge file size, use file sharing site ‘wetransfer.com’

You can ask queries and doubts by messaging us on our Facebook page

What are you waiting for? Start sending in your entries ASAP!

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Jargon used in Journalism

Posted on 18 May 2011 by Natasha Tulyani

Certain terms are used in everyday Journalism language. In this article, we list those for you so that when your boss or colleague throws journalism jargon at you, you are not dumbfounded!

1. ABC –  AUDIT BUREAU OF CIRCULATION: There are increasing number of advertisements in newspapers now-a-days. If you are an advertiser you will want your ad to come in the most popular newspaper, one that sells a large number of copies. Because of this some publications lie about their sales to impress the advertisers. Thus, ABC has the responsibility to check the audited circulation number of newspapers and magazines all around India.

2. BY LINE: In the end or beginning of every story the name of the journalist who has written that particular story is mentioned. In the by line, credit is also given to the reporter in the field or if any special / freelance correspondent is involved.

3. CREDIT LINE: Many times with the news article there are pictures attached. Example: when the article is about a minister his picture is printed along with the article or if the news is about garbage at a place then as proof the relevant picture is attached. The credit line will tell you the name of the photographer who has clicked the picture. When graphs are used in articles, the credit line mentions the name of the maker of the graph.

4. CAPTION: Below the photograph there is always a description about the picture or the graph. That statement called  caption.

5. BANNER: Banner is the name given to the headline of the main story on the first page.

6. BINDER: Binder is the headline that is spread across the entire page but not the first page. Mostly it is of the story printed on the second or fourth page.

7. BEAT: aA newspaper has various sections. These sections are called ‘beats’. Example : crime beat, political beat, sports beat etc.

8. BOILED DOWN: It is the summarizing or reducing of the size of the article to meet specific proportions. The person who designs the pages of the paper assigns a certain proportion to every news story.

9. CLEAN COPY: It is the final, edited copy that is ready for publication. It is a copy without errors and is thus called the clean copy.

10. COPY DESK: The place where editor edits the copy is called the copy desk. It is on the copy desk that the headline is finalized and placed.

11. DUMMY:  Dummy is a drawing or designing of the structure of a newspaper. It assigns size and space of advertisements and other news stories.

12. EXCLUSIVE/SCOOP: It is a story that no other newspaper has for that day. Example: sting operations, a research story, etc.

13. FILLER: They are not very necessary news items. They are used to fill spaces in the newspaper. Thus these news items are small in size.

14. LEAD: It is the main paragraph of a story. In this paragraph, the answers to 5Ws and 1H is given. It is the most important paragraph in terms of the details it gives.

15. IMPRINT LINE: It is a statement on the editorial page. It states the details of the newspapers ownership, place of publication, PNI number and editor details. This helps trace the paper. If any one feels that his feelings are insulted in the given news he can file a case against the paper or editor.

16. MORGUE: This is where all the important old news are stored. It is also called the news library.

17. MUST: If this word is used in an article it means that article must be published in the next day’s newspaper.

18. STRINGER: He is a reporter who is not on a regular pay role. Whenever his article is used, he is paid for it.

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Swati Pandey

Posted on 30 March 2010 by BMMBoxer


My Name Is Swati Pandey

My Date of Birth is

BMM From? SIES (Nerul) College

Specialization Journalism

Year Completed BMM 2006

Other Educational Qualifications (PG/UG/Etc) none

Status Married


Professional Experience 3 years

You Currently Work At Reuters India-Editorial-Correspondent

Your daily routine
Tracking corporates for breaking news, following the stock markets, monitoring stock exchange website etc..

How did you start your career? What was your first step after completing BMM?

I started my career with Reuters. I got in touch with the ex South Asia editor of Reuters who had come to SIES (Nerul) to deliver a lecture. After a quick round of interview I was taken in as a trainee and was confirmed soon after.

Were you clear about which field you wanted to get into right from the beginning? What helped you take your leaps?

Yes, I always knew I wanted to be a journalist even before I joined BMM. Self-motivation
and determination has always helped me reach my goals.

Any particular incident that helped you discover your career option?

I started freelancing for Times of India’s local supplement – New Bombay Plus – after my class 12th exams. Writing on different beats really gave me a lot of exposure and helped me learn more about on the field reporting.


Does being a BMMite give you an edge over others? Yes/No – Please elaborate

Well it does in some ways but for a journalist I believe it is most important to have a nose for news. If you get that right, you are a good journalist! I basically enjoyed the final year of BMM, as subjects were related to my chosen career unlike in the first two years. The course definitely helps you shed inhibitions and make you understand the basics of reporting, which seem to have been lost now.

Do the subjects in BMM help you know the reality of the job? Is there any place for theory in the industry you’re in?

Well, in my college we were given a project to publish a Navi-Mumbai news tabloid once a
week. That was very practical and helped us learn the nuances of reporting, writing, editing, co-ordination, page designing etc. Theory and practical go hand in hand, I’d say. There is room for both and I think BMM balances that.

BMM or BMM from a particular college? Does it make a difference?

No, I don’t think so. I wouldn’t say SIES (Nerul) is a very elite college but I’m doing good for myself. I can say that for my batchmates too. This career is about creative people… College doesn’t really make much difference if you know what you want.

Did you complete any internship(s) – where, when, how was the experience?

I did a summer internship with ANI – Asian News International. Besides, I was a freelance writer for New Bombay Plus for about 2 years since 2003.

Internships during BMM – are they relevant in the long run?

Yes, they do help. They help you understand the industry you are interested in. Besides, internships also help u understand whether you really want to continue in this industry/sector.

Work Ex or Higher Studies? What’s your pick? Why?

Work Ex. Like I said, in journalism if you can differentiate between news and non-news you are there!


BMM is a great initiative by Mumbai University

Your biggest achievement till date Working for Reuters

Your favorite subject in BMM
Feature and Opinion

Your hangout adda during BMM Gymkhana

Define your job in one sentence

Your favorite professor at college
Sushmita S Sen Mam

Your biggest goof up at work
Once I reported the profit number of a company incorrectly, which amounted to a trading losing lacs of money.


The journey so far…and where I see myself going

The journey so far has been a learning experience. I aim to go global from here…

My Success Mantra Hard work, self motivation and determination

Tips for BMMites

1. Enjoy your days, work life is tedious!
2. Focus on practicals, learn to meet deadlines, they help
3. Work hard on making your presentation the best
4. Keep doing something creative
5. Be innovative in whatever you do

You can reach me here @ BMMBox

BMMBox Mod: Readers, you may ask questions to Swati, get your doubts cleared, and so on via the comment section below. Wilfred will come back to you on them.

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