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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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Here’s why you should pursue a career in TV Journalism

Posted on 18 June 2012 by Khushboo Motihar

Before I begin to tell you what TV Journalism is all about, let me tell you why should you take up Journalism in the first place.

“Journalism can never be silent; it must speak and speak immediately while the echoes of wonder, the claims of triumphs and signs of horror are still in the air.”

Journalism today can easily be equated with power: the power of gaining and spreading knowledge, the power to shape public opinion, the power to stir people into action, the power to experience the wonderful sights and sounds of the world and sometimes to witness scenes of utter devastation. With such power comes responsibility; the responsibility to ensure that the Truth Always Triumphs. And this is what journalism asks of all journalists: responsible use of the power they have.

TV journalism is a highly adventurous field which is as full of thrills as it is full of thorns. Just imagine this: You are covering an India-Pak match. You get the best possible view, you get to live the jubilation of the winning team, you get to feel the pulse of the maddening crowd and you get to interview first-hand all the famous cricketers whom you have seen on TV up until now.

While every journalist would love to cover such happy events, there are times when he is compelled to cover incidents like 26/11. It is these events which test a journalist as he is required to keep his angst aside and calmly present an unbiased report.

That’s how unpredictable, demanding and challenging the world of Television Journalism is and it is this volatility which makes it so exciting.

Being a TV journalist requires you to think objectively with clinical precision and not let your emotions get the better of you. It expects you to be a quick thinker and be on your feet 24×7, because who knows when and where the next breaking news will crop up?! TV journalism is a field that allows you to see the world through a microscope, to get to the depth of things and unearth all the details. It also gives one the opportunity to travel and interview dignitaries. One day you will be in a remote village in Assam to interview the local do-good panchayat and the other day you will be probably flown into Miami to cover a major happening/event.

But I am getting ahead of myself. Remember that you will start small and will be expected to do ‘boring’ routines in your first year at work. Your hunger to move ahead and learn is what will help you climb the ladder and grow as a TV journalist. The money will come and so will the recognition, but all of this won’t be possible without sheer hard work, dedication, and continued focus. You must know that you will lead a fast-paced life; you will have to report on-the-spot with no script in hand, report without giving personal opinion and sound interesting too.

T.V. journalism is a world of glamour and of cut throat competition, a world where one report can make you a star and the other a loser. So those who are always looking for an adrenaline rush and who want to be in the thick of things, I must tell you that TV journalism is the right choice for you.

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Journalism: Before and After (The Changing Trends and the New Definition of ‘News’)

Posted on 23 April 2010 by BMMBoxer

Everything changes at a very fast pace in this busy and happening world. And what happens when the source of all our news i.e. media too redefines itself. Journalism, which was once about sincerely penning your thoughts and letting people know what’s happening in various parts of the world, is now about creating news rather than investigating news.

It’s a revolution in media industry that first came through the cable television, then satellite and now online versions of newspapers is augmenting the news media scene. In olden times, news was that which came from newspapers or word of mouth. Today the term ‘news’ is not just about informing, but also about doing it fast, effectively and also analyzing it for Gen X. Being in the eye of public domain has created a tremendous pressure on the publication as well as news channels.

With various multimedia options – from streaming video online to downloadable applications, blogs and mobile alerts, the options are varied for today’s reader. Journalists are working harder than ever to cater to their readers. From live reporting, interviewing, analyzing the facts to the digitalization of news on blogs and official websites, the job is easier said than done. Journalists who want to set their articles apart as truthful and comprehensive have began giving public access to their sources.

Playing an active role in the process of collecting , reporting, analyzing, and disseminating news and other information was the definition of journalism in olden times. Today it is defined as – Revelation , current events, gossip, new information, imparting facts. There is no ‘News’ anymore rather just about anything is news today.

E.g. Famous bollywood actress Aishwarya Rai’s marriage controversy or we can say a tea-gossip that Ms. Rai will change her name after marriage was unbelievable. To some extent it may be news for entertainment and gossip lovers , however television channels carried 30 minutes slot in this very subject.

The media ecology, with its additional agency of interactivity, democracy and with a new domain of bloggers and citizen reporters has extended the medium to further discuss a set of issues and opportunities that extend beyond familiar boundaries. The news business and political journalism have now experienced such incredible changes as specialized news, financial news and sports 24- hour cable satellite service.

Today social media has also changed journalism. It’s an extension of those practices which are now an essential component of any news organizations strategy. However , an increase in competition has also led organizations to distinguish themselves from less responsible outlets by being more transparent about how they do their work. Due to all this newsmakers face increasing competition to cover all the pertinent stories and reach sources before their competitors . The biggest change which has occurred is increased involvement of the audience , which has morphed from the occasional letter in to an active citizen participating in polls and giving feedback through emails.

Understanding online journalism, impact of technology on journalism, journalism in digital age, print media v\s television media are some of the terms that define modern journalism.

The basic rule of good journalism is- “ Tell the story right, tell it well,” or “ If you cant be funny, then be interesting.”

Mrinalini Singh

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