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Bachelor of  Journalism

Most Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree programs in journalism, also known as programs in journalism and mass communications, offer students fundamental experience in print journalism, broadcasting or online journalism.

Essential Information

Bachelor of Arts programs in journalism give students the opportunity to learn skills which can be applied to print, web, broadcasting, and media journalism. Some programs offer students the option of choosing a concentration in an area of journalism, such as photojournalism or multimedia journalism. Students can hone their writing and multimedia skills, and they're usually expected to complete internship and practicum hours related to the field.

Program Levels in Journalism: Bachelor's degrees, Master's degrees

Prerequisites: High School diploma or equivalent education

Online Availability: Several universities offer online options

Some Program Specializations Available: Multimedia journalism and photojournalism, among others

Other Requirements: Internships often required


Bachelor's Degree in Journalism

Coursework in a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism degree program will help students develop skills in communication, research, computer and technology, editing and writing. In some cases, students will gain first-hand experience of journalism through internships and practicum placements. Students will come to understand the ethics and laws associated with journalism, as well as understanding their own First Amendment rights. Topics that students may explore during their curriculum include:-

  • History of media
  • Ethics and law
  • Web design
  • Broadcast news
  • Photojournalism
  • Editing


Popular Career Options

A B.A. in Journalism will give individuals an advantage to pursue entry-level jobs. Individuals who obtain a B.A. in this field can pursue careers in media, advertising, writing, editing, photography, public relations and journalism. More specifically, individuals may find jobs as writers, public relations specialists or editors.


Continuing Education

Students who choose not to pursue entry-level positions in the journalism field may opt to pursue a master's degrees in journalism. Master's degrees in this field offer greater benefits for a professional career later on. These programs focus on research and theory while offering students guidance in their professional goals.



Jobs after B.A in Mass Communication & Journalism

The candidates after completing B.A. in Mass Communication and Journalism can find a lot of job opportunities. There are different job types available in various streams of mass communication. Some of them are listed below.-

  • Art Director
  • Columnist
  • Editor
  • Fashion Photographer
  • Film Director
  • Feature Writer
  • Freelance Writer
  • Floor Manager
  • Presenter
  • News Analyst
  • Production Worker
  • Producer
  • Proof Reader
  • Public Relations Officer
  • Reporter
  • Radio Jockey (RJ)
  • Screenwriter
  • Sound Mixer and Sound Recordist
  • Sound Engineer
  • Special Correspondent
  • Sound Technician
  • Transmission Executive
  • Staff or Freelance Writer
  • Video Jockey (VJ)
  • TV Correspondent
  • Correspondent
  • Cartoonist
  • Illustrator
  • Critic
  • Photojournalist
  • Editor
  • Journalist


The aspirants after completing B.A. in Mass Communication and Journalism can find job in different areas. The various employment areas in mass communication sector are listed below.-

  • Advertising Agencies
  • Books and Novels
  • Blogs
  • Broadcasting Corporations
  • Circulation and Public Relations
  • Central Information Service
  • Legal Affairs Department
  • Journals
  • News Agencies
  • Press Information Bureau
  • Photography Companies
  • TV Channels
  • Radio Telecasting Companies
  • AIR - All India Radio
  • Periodicals and Magazines
  • Newspapers
  • Websites


Government Jobs after B.A in Mass Communication & Journalism

The candidates can find a lot of opportunities in all government run organizations engaged in mass communication and journalism. The remunerations are also good in these institutions. The candidates can find job openings in All India Radio, Doordarshan and other government run organisations.  The remunerations and career growth in government firms under mass communication sector is the best in the industry.



Private Sector Jobs after B.A in Mass Communication & Journalism

The graduates after completing B.A in Mass Communication & Journalism can find lot of opportunities in private sector. The aspirants can find job opportunities in many private channels like STAR TV, ZEE TV, NDTV, CNBC, etc. The candidates can find job opportunities in various private FM channels like Big FM, Radio Mirchi, etc. The candidates can find job opportunities in international television channels like BBC, National Geographic Channel, Discovery Channel, etc. The remunerations in private channels is comparatively very good when compared to government organisations.

Another area for the aspirants is to find jobs in newspapers, magazines, monthly publications, and press information bureau. Candidates after completing a course in mass communication will find opportunities in channels like ZEE TV, NDTV, IBN, STAR TV, etc employ. BBC, Discovery TV are also amongst the options available. Another option for talented candidates is to work as freelancers.