1) Give us a brief insight into the field of Journalism and your experience in the same.
Journalism is pure passion to tell a story to your readers. Working with a leading newspaper currently has given me an opportunity to reach out to lakhs of readers with a story which either affects them or the society we live in at large.
2) What are the qualifications and skills required to become a Journalist?
A Bachelor’s in Mass Media (B.M.M) is what I studied and later on went to pursue a L.L.B. degree too while I was working with a Mumbai based newspaper. However, I pursued L.L.B. only out of interest to study the Indian law.
3) What are the job prospects and what is the range of pay scale for a fresher?
After holding a journalism degree, one can either apply for jobs as a Reporter, Sub-editor in a newspaper or in a news website. The pay scale varies drastically depending on the organization. Fresher is likely to be paid anything between Rs. 12,000-15,000.
4) How is the Indian work scenario as far as this field is concerned?
Considering the numerous newspapers and online news websites, the present scenario is good. However, if you are expecting a high paying job at the onset or during the initial years, then that’s highly unlikely.
5) What are the additional courses that one should pursue along with the Bachelors/Masters Degree which will add value?
A L.L.B. degree or any other professional degree on the Indian law can be an added advantage especially if hard news is what you want to report on.
6) Provide any other valuable specific information for the students who want to pursue a career in the above field.
You need to love what you do, to be in this profession. There’s no substitute to hard work and especially during the initial years as a reporter you must do enough of leg work before you report a story.