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So you want to be in the media? You want to be a journalist but have no formal training after your graduation? Don’t worry. These training programmes will help you to achieve that dream.

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So you want to be in the media? Either it’s the attraction towards the glitz and glamour of the media world or a desire to “make a change.” You don’t have to be a media graduate if you want to become a journalist. Many non-media graduates are now shifting from their professions to become professionals in the media world. Many reputed media houses have identified this trend and have tried to tap the talent by their in house training programmes. These programmes provide intensive, hands-on experience thus helping in the development of these chosen individuals. Aarti Aney, a student of the Asian College of Journalism says that the best thing that the college has helped her with is the exposure she received not only to ideas and experiences but also towards acceptance of different perspectives without any bias. She says that her work reflects a certain quality and clarity. Another advantage she says is that she gets called in for interviews just because of her ACJ Accreditation. However, these programmes are not easy to get into. Their selection process is gruelling but once you are through, it is definitely one step closer to getting your dream job. JAM writes about the best programmes that India has to offer.

1. Asian College of Journalism, Chennai:
It is the best journalism colleges in India and is affiliated to The Hindu. It offers a post-Graduation Diploma to specialize in print, new media, television and radio. Over 800 students apply but only 160 are selected. It has a comprehensive selection procedure with a written test and interview.

Eligibility: Any Graduate Degree

Duration: 12 months (as decided by the organization)

Total number of seats: 160

Fees: They are as follows:

• For the Television Stream: Rs. 325,000
• for the Print Stream: Rs. 275,000
• for the Radio Stream: Rs. 275,000
• for the New Media Stream: Rs. 275,000

Last date of submission: 30th April, 2012.

Placements: The Hindu, Economic Times, The Asian Age, The Telegraph and many others.

2.NDTV Broadcast Training Programme, Delhi:
It was launched in the year 2008 and is the only channel that has opened its doors to new share valuable experience and knowledge with students. It takes place only in Delhi and teaches students the basics of journalism and pre-production (editing, writing, anchoring, and presentation). It selects the candidates on the basis of a written test and interview. Duration: 10 months (as decided by the organization)

Eligibility: Any Graduate Degree

Fees: Rs.1, 90,000/-

Number of seats: 45

Placements: Does not guarantee placements but students are usually hired by the various NDTV channels

Last date of submission: 10th April, 2012

3. Times School of Journalism, Delhi:
It is an initiative taken by the Times Group and was established in the year 1985. It offers a post-Graduation Diploma to specialize in three fields i.e. business, general (lifestyle, entertainment and politics) and sports. The candidates are made to undergo a gruelling process for their selection. Many of the students are absorbed by the Times Group.

Duration: 12 months (as decided by the organization)

Eligibility: Any Graduate Degree

Fees: Rs. 2, 35,000/-

Number of seats: 30

Placements: Students are absorbed by the Times Group

Last date of submission: 24th April, 2012

4. TV Today Media Institute, New Delhi:
It was launched in the year 2005 and is definitely on the road to success. Their training process incorporates the latest technology which is very imperative in precise reporting and news delivery. Today, over 150 students are employed at the various TV Today channels.

Duration: 24 months

Eligibility: Any Graduate Degree

Fees: Rs.1, 20, 000/-

Last date of submission: 17th April,2012

Placements: Absorbed by the TV Today Group

5.Express Institute of Media Studies:
It was launched in the year 2009 by the Express Group and offered 100 per cent placement to the first two batches. Students are taught by the journalists of Indian Express. They also get an opportunity to work alongside them. The institute is highly regarded because of the reputation of the newspaper and for producing quality professionals.

Duration: 12 months

Eligibility: Any Bachelor Degree

Fees: Rs.1, 95,000/-

Placements: No guarantee but usually hired by Times of India, the Hindu and DNA

Last date of submission: 15th May, 2012

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