It is for quite long time that in most parts of the world media has been considered“the chosen guardian of freedom” and “the strong sword-arm of justice.” It is regarded as the fourth pillar of democracy and consequently one of the most popular career options for the youth today. However, due to changing technology and new dimensions of the media industry, it calls for equipping oneself with relevant skills through a higher degree in the field of journalism and mass communication before one distinguishes himself or herself in a diversity of media related fields and makes his or her career as TV producer, film producer, reporter, editor, cameraperson, teachers and scholars.It is with this vision that St Xavier’s College, Ranchi, an Autonomous College (affiliated to Ranchi University) christened as College with Potential for Excellence by the University Grants Commission, New Delhi, has launched two year/ four semester course in Master in Journalism and Mass Communication (MJMC).The College has been accorded Grade A+ by NAAC in view of its outstanding academic performance.
The need for MJMC course was felt after the College has successfully run the Mass Communication course at the Under Graduate level for more than 12 years with an excellent track record of placements of its students in many of the prominent media houses – both print and electronic – of the country.It was thought that the students be allowed to experience the full range of technical expertise, conceptual skills and artistic expression before they become accomplished media practitioners to take up assignments in the fields of TV production, newspaper and magazine production, script writing, sound & radio, digital media, photography and to adopt a creative , professional and to scholarly approach to both traditional and new media practices.
The curriculum for MJMC course at St Xavier’s College has been developed keeping in mind the courses which are being taught in similar situations in the country’s premier media institutions like Indian Institute of Mass Communication , MakhanlalChaturvedi National University of Journalism & Mass Communication, AJK Mass Communication Research Centre of Jamia Milia Islamia, Delhi etc
The Students are required to study principles of mass communication, basic skills of writing, basics of computer application, media law and ethics, advertising and public relations,reporting and editing,current affairs and translation , among other topics.
The system is currently revised to adopt the Choice Based Credit System(CBCS) and evaluation,award of grades, Cumulative Grade Point Averages etc is to be followed as per Guidelines of the University Grants Commission,NewDelhi.The teaching method combines lectures(course related and guest),group discussions,seminar,assignments, case studies, demonstrations and watching films.The course includes industry projects and training in media houses in addition to documentary film production, and magazine production workshops. There are field visits and study trips to places relevant for the course. Additionally, media professionals are invited as visiting facultyto provide students insight into the media sector.
The Objective of the Course are :
- • To familiarise the students with working of media both Print, Electronic & New Media
- • To develop working skills neede for newspapers, Magazines, Radio, TV and Web Journalism
- • To develop research attitude and research skills to understand media and to make use of them
- • To develop writing skills for different formats used in media
- • To sensitize students about human values, culture , legal aspects, environment etc in relation to media
- • To develop aptitude and competence to analyse and interpret the events