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    Aakriti Verma

    I am currently doing 12th i.e. I just started with 12th in this year. I took commerce but I am not at all interested to opt any of the subjects of the commerce stream as my career. I have a lot of interest in mass media subject that basically comprises of journalism, mass communication, film making etc. I am good at writing and speaking but i have no interest in animation and film making. I searched about it but was unable to gather much information. And I guess, someone who is already into it can help me out decide what should i go for because media stream is really very wide.

    Raj Tiwari

    I am not into this field but want to say that you are right. Media stream is very wide n has broad spectrum. Journalism has many branches like travel journalism, political journalism, commercial (financial) journalism, criminal n legal journalism. Above all criminal n legal journalism has the lion’s share. It’s not an easier job. You need to study hard, prepare yourself everyday, should have vast knowledge about all the subjects. I think you should basically acquire bachelor’s degree in mass communication and while pursuing the course you can find out your actual interest in the specific field of journalism. If you want to do financial/ commercial journalism then you should pursue B.com n then acquire diploma in journalism. In journalism, degrees do not matter a lot. You should first enter in this field n then your experience will take you further. You should simultaneously improve your speaking n writing capabilities.


    Dear Aakriti

    You yourself have answered the query. When you are interested in Mass Media and Communication than it is very clear that you must go for Bachelor’s degree in Mass Media and Communication from some reputed college and for that you must concentrate on your present studies because admission will be merit basis. During Bachelor’s degree you can choose the subjects of your choice and can choose particular specialisation in master’s degree. So, dnt worry go ahead. Best of luck.


    Hello Aakriti

    The terms such as Journalism, Media, Film-making must remind you that you are going to work with the medium that is directly affecting the Masses (People). Thus, It brings a great magnitude of responsibility on your shoulders.

    Journalism to be considered as the voice of the weakest, voice of the marginalized, voice of the unheard-unseen-unbeknownst, and the sheer sorrow and pain of the masses. That gets you in a place where you’ll be experiencing an unprecedented Sense of Responsibility (दायित्वबोध).

    Now there is a thorough division of the streams, you have to explore what is the place you belong to. The answer lies in the question, that is, What’s your purpose for pursuing Journalism? Why you want to pursue it?

    So, this year is a great opportunity for you to explore the dimensions of the very field you are interested in. In order to aspire for Journalism you must get familiar with the History of the world, and Socio-Political background along with the status quo of your country. You must dive in the world of literature, as, a fine piece of journalism demands to be timeless and a great piece of literature.

    And If you aspire for the creative satisfaction, money, fame and everything ideal, then I’m afraid my friend as Journalism is not the place. To satisfy such things there is a whole Commercial Industry running in the name of Journalism (both, Print and Television as well as New Media). This place won’t help you to bring a change.

    Now coming to the second Half of your question, that is, the decision about the course you want to pursue. I think while exploring the Events of Journalism and great Journalists, who even had to pay in terms of their life to bring the truth, after going through it you’ll get what you want to pursue. As it will open various fields such as Philosophy, Political Science, Sociology, Literature, Law, History and many more.

    True Journalism can never be taught in some school, School will make ground for technical training and will make you understand the Craft and Science of the field. Along with it there’s a suggestion, that is, if you wish you can take a drop after school and go on for backpacking through the country for a complete year. This experience will totally change you. It will make you independent.

    Lastly, remember it all depends on the Rigour of Austerity.

    Suggested Reading –
    1.) Gujarat Files – Rana Ayyub
    2.) The Gauri Lankesh Reader
    3.) Christopher Hitchens
    4.) Hunter S. Thompson
    5.) 10 Days that Shook the World – John Reed

    Suggested Viewing –
    1.) Documentaries of Anand Patwardhan, Sanjay Kak, and explore the Indian Parallel Cinema
    2.) The Post – Steven Spielberg
    3.) All The President’s Men – Alan J. Pakula
    4.) Spotlight – Tom Mcarthy
    5.) Network – Sidney Lumet
    6.) The Insider – Michael Mann
    7.) The Parallax View – Alan J. Pakula

    This is not even the tip of the iceberg.
    Happy Reading! 🙂

    Aakriti Verma

    I am highly grateful to you for sharing your views that completely transformed my vision for media stream. And what you shared is really a lot helpful for me as this is something I never got to know from anyone be it a person or an internet. Thankyou so much for such an expert advice.

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