PG DIPLOMA IN BROADCAST JOURNALISM
A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A MASCOM
Classes begin at 8 a.m. and end at 5 pm.
with a lunch break from 1.15 pm to 2.00 pm and 15-minute tea breaks at 10.30 am
and 3.30 pm. A typical day's programme is given below.
NEWSROOM / PCR & STUDIO TRAINING
broadcast journalism course helps students to master the
concepts using the currently used technologies in the
A good understanding of camera, video editing and writing
scripts is a must for electronic news gathering. Mascom
students are trained on NRCS Newsroom Automation Software,
PCR functions and Studio Operations. Students
are also trained to use computers to not only write scripts
in English or Malayalam but also to use non-linear editing
software and create graphics for television..
FACILITIES AT MASCOM
MASCOM is equipped with editing suites, news
studio, n ewsroom, Prodcution Control Room (PCR) and a classroom with playback and projection
facilities. In addition, students will get to use video cameras for
The School has a well-stocked library. Students will also have access to the
Malayala Manorama library and digital archives, subject to approval by the
Director / Librarian. MASCOM has 24-hour broadband Internet connectivity.
Students are provided with personal computers. A telephone with STD facility is
available to them for news gathering..
NEWS AND NEWS CHANNEL REVIEWS
An ideal way to learn television news is
to understand the nuances of electronic news gathering, by dissecting what
different channels do... both national and international. Analysing the good
channels and understanding why some of the stories did not work, will help
students learn better. Such channel appreciation sessions will be conducted by
The Print Media course has developed an excellent background
module for students to get an in-depth understanding of news
from different spheres of life. The broadcast journalism
students will also get the benefit of these modules. Refer
to the print course for details.
This will also be a common module for both the Print and
Broadcast students. However, some specific aspects of
journalism that are unique to broadcast such as visually
impactful story telling will be covered separately..
TELEVISION NEWS MODULE
The television news modules will be held in 90-minute sessions daily
during the first trimester. Some of the topics covered are
various report formats, writing scripts, structuring a
story, interviewing skills, shooting visuals etc.
SPECIALISED AND ADVANCED JOURNALISM
Specific skills are required for covering
specialised areas. Those skills are taught by experts at MASCOM. Both the Print
and Broadcast Journalism students can get the benefit of these sessions. For
details kindly refer to the print course.
Television Journalists need to understand
nuances of shooting with the camera. So basic videography will also be taught to
the students. Regular practical assignments covering news stories will help the
students hone their camera skills as well.
It is generally believed that programmes
are made or destroyed at the editing table. Television journalists should have a
good understanding of video editing to highlight key aspects of their stories.
Video editing using professional software will be taught to the students in the
NARRATION AND ANCHORING
Speaking in front of the camera requires
special skills. Even the best orators need to adapt their skills to the medium.
Students will be trained in voice over skills and to speak in front of the
A short module on radio will prepare
students to understand the medium. This module will touch upon radio production
basics and the work of a radio jockey.
The digital journalism module will touch
upon the skills required to adapt writing skills to the Internet. As broadband
speeds increase, videos, slide shows are all becoming part of online journalism.
This module will help students understand the nuances of writing for the new
DOCUMENTARIES AND OTHER PROGRAMMES
Besides learning to put together news
programmes, the students will also learn production of documentary films and
With changing trends in media and the advent of
social media, the journalists need to keep learning new skills. One module will
be dedicated to such new trends.
LAB NEWS PROGRAMME
Students will bring out daily news programmes
from the second trimester. This will make it possible for the student to put
into practice what they learnt in classroom lectures. They will have to find
news stories, shoot visuals, interview people from different walks of life and
edit the programmes. Students can expect to witness a controlled newsroom
environment during the later half of the course.