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B.A. Journalism

DEPARTMENT OF JOURNALISM

The vision of the department is to create an intelligentsia which is socially responsible, ethically bound and dutifully committed to disseminate information with complete fairness, objectivity and accuracy.

The department aims to provide education judiciously mixed with values and skills needed for students to excel in the industry. The syllabus, which is on par with premier institutes in the country, focuses on enriching and honing knowledge on fundamental concepts of journalism. With hands-on experience in various media like print, broadcast and new media, graduates are able to hit the ground running whether they enter the industry or educational institutions for advanced degrees. Uncompromising dedication to the principles of journalism has gained the department its niche amongst journalism schools in the country.

CURRICULUM

The syllabus is structured in such a way that the papers can be brought under three major categories. They are:

SKILL-BASED PAPERS

  • Reporting and Writing
  • Broadsheet
  • Photo Journalism
  • Political Tabloid
  • Business Journal
  • Reporting for Radio
  • Reporting for Television
  • Reporting for Television
  • Print Journal
  • Online Journalism

KNOWLEDGE-BASED PAPERS

  • Basics of Journalism
  • History of Press in India
  • Social Issues in India
  • Introduction to Indian Constitution
  • Economic Issues in India
  • Current Affairs I and II
  • International Relations
  • Media and Society
  • Media Law and Ethics

VALUE-ADDITION PAPERS

  • Media Research
  • Specialisation (Development/sports/lifestyle)

PRACTICE SCHOOL

Students with the able guidance of the faculty in-charge bring out the college newsletter, M.O.P. News, twice in a semester. This helps them acquire the newsroom experience of reporting, editing and layout designing.

 

“Ink,” the annual department journal, is a compilation of the best journalistic stories ideated, reported, written, edited and designed by students. A “Best article award” is given to the best story each year.

INTERNSHIP

Students of Journalism take up internships both in the print media and electronic media for not less than six weeks at the end of the second year

DEPARTMENT CLUB: Present Tense Club

The Present Tense Club helps in enhancing practical knowledge of students through workshops, seminars and intercollegiate and interdepartmental competitions. For club members, this is an invaluable exercise in planning, executing and managing events.

The USP of the department club is the extremely successful Box Speaker where students from other departments are also invited to debate on current issues. The topics ranging from Representation of People’s Act to Right to privacy are fervently discussed.

GUEST LECTURES, SEMINARS AND WORKSHOPS

Date Topic Resource person
25.06.2018 Peace Journalism

Mr. Chintan Girish Modi

Peace educator & Freelance journalist

Mumbai

14.08.2018 Radio production

Ms. Rajshree Bhadra

Former AIR Kolkata programme executive

Chennai

16.08.2018 Practical tips on field reporting

Mr. C.S Kotteswaran

Assistant Editor

DTNext, Chennai

22.08.2018 South Asian balance

Mr. R.K Radhakrishnan

Associate Editor

Frontline, Chennai

7.09.2018 Reporting for New media

Ms. Manasa Rao

Journalist

The Newsminute, Cennai

11.09.2018 Journalism and youth in politics

Ms. Navika Kumar

Managing Editor

Times Now, New Delhi

25.09.2018 Political reporting by regional channels

Mr. Rangaraj Pandey

Former Editor-in- chief

Thanthi TV, Chennai

10.01.2019 Layout and design

Ms. Poorani

Journalist

The New Indian Express, Chennai

8.02.2019 How to file an RTI

Mr. Ram

Journalist

The Times of India, Chennai

13.02.2019 Story ideas for business reporting and managing sources.

Ms. Sangeetha Kandavel & Mr. Sanjay Vijaykumar

Business Correspondents

The Hindu, Chennai

14.02.2019 Budget analysis and quarterly Analysis

Ms. Harini Subramani

Journalist

The Mint, Chennai

19.02.2019 Lecture demonstration on news cartoons: Indian chapter

Mr. Keshav Venkatraghavan

Cartoonist

The Hindu, Chennai

19.02.2019 The changing eco-system in media

Mr. Panneerselvan

Readers’ Editor

The Hindu, Chennai

8.03.2019 Digital verification of fake news

Ms. Kanchan Kaur

Dean

IIJNM (Bangalore)

STUDENT ACHIEVEMENTS

  • Afra Fathima S and Subhikshaa S S of III B.A. Journalism interned at Kashmir Reader, Kashmir, April-June 2018.
  • Sree Keerthi of II Journalism won best Radio Programmer for M.O.P. CRS award for 2018-2019.
  • Anagha Natraj of 2015-2018 batch was selected by the U.S. Department of State to attend a short-study programme under the aegis of the Study of the U.S Institute for Student Leaders on Global Environmental Issues (SUSI) at Montana, U.S.A., from June-August 2017.
  • Kavya Sreekumar of 2015-2018 batch served as the Secretary General of the 2017-18 edition of the Model United Nations hosted by M.O.P. Vaishnav College for Women.
  • Kavya Sreekumar won the best outgoing student of the college award for 2018.
  • Kavya Sreekumar also won the best internship award for 2018.
  • Shruthi Siotia of 2015-2018 batch won the college award for her community service activities for 2018.

 

PROMINENT ALUMNI

  • Deeptha Sreedhar is Digital Content Specialist, Appearition India Private Limited, Chennai.
  • Preethi Ramamoorthy is senior editor, The Hindu online, Chennai.
  • Chandra Ranganathan Srikanth is Chief of Bureau , South India for ET Now, Bengaluru.
  • Janani Suri is doing her masters in Communication at Cardiff University, UK.
  • Sanjana C is doing her masters in Communication at Deakin University, Australia.
  • Anagha Natraj is a Young India Fellow at Asoka University, Sonipat, Haryana.
  • Mythreyee Iyer completed her masters in Mass Communication at SIMC Pune, and works as journalist at The Quint, New Delhi.
  • Ananya Desikan completed her Broadcast Journalism course at the Asian College of Journalism, Chennai and is now a Content and Script writer specialist at Social Beat.
  • Madhumitha Viswanath completed her Online Journalism course at the Asian College of Journalism. She covers the civic issue beat as reporter, The New Indian Express, Chennai.
  • Sukshma R completed her Online Journalism course at the Asian College of Journalism. She works at Asia Ville News.com, Chennai.

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