The India Today Media Institute, formerly known as TV today Media Institute was started in 2005. The institute offers one – and two – year Post graduate programmes in print, broadcast and online journalism, audio visual communication, and media business. The admissions are currently open for the 10th batch.
The institute does not ask for a degree in mass communication, leading to a diverse batch. Although it is dominated by students with no prior work experience in the field of journalism.
The USP of the course is the backing from the India Today Group. The media group ensures that the foundation of theoretical knowledge is supplemented with strong practical knowledge. The course over the years has acted as a springboard into the field of journalism within the India Today group for over 200 students.
The one year course has 6 months of classroom training followed by 6 months of structured internship. More than half the course entails hands on learning and simulated experience. The strength of the course is the familiarity it awards the students with equipment, camera, and studio experience. The internships also expose the students to all aspects of broadcast journalism. The visiting faculty consists of mix of professors and industry experts from the India Today Group.
The visiting faculty includes the famous anchors and editors of the group’s various channels like Vikrant Gupta from Aaj tak or Rahul Kanwal from headlines today.
Placements; Although the institute does not make any claim towards 100% placement, but does support placement within the group. The admission process includes a written test followed by an interview. The entrance exam tests the candidate’s general awareness and language skills. The institute currently does not provide accommodation facilities, with outstation candidates relying on paying guest accommodation.
Fees; The fees for the current batch for the two year as well as one year program is around 2 lakhs which is slightly on the higher side as compared to the one year diploma offered by other institutes. But comparable to the course fee for the programme offered by the NDTV media group. On completion of course, some students are recruited by the India Today Group for a mandatory one year “Trainee” role and upon confirmation get assigned to other positions. During this one year period they get hands on experience on all aspects of broadcast journalism. However as the institute increases its batch size in the coming years ensuring placements within the group may prove to be daunting task. For placements outside the group a placement committee has been instituted and is chaired by the Dean. Nevertheless, with NDTV and India Today both offering such courses, it has eased the way for students who dream to work for these big media groups to get placed here.
Based on excerpts from Rajat, Upasana Bakshi and Priyanka Kandpal (Alumni of ITMI)
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