PG DIPLOMA IN BROADCAST JOURNALISM

A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A MASCOM STUDENT

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

MASCOM's broadcast journalism course helps students to master the concepts using the currently used technologies in the electronic media.

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 newsgathering.

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 experts..

BACKGROUND MODULE

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.

JOURNALISM MODULE

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.

VIDEOGRAPHY

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.

VIDEO EDITING

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 first Trimester.

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 camera.

RADIO BASICS

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.

DIGITAL JOURNALISM

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 media.

DOCUMENTARIES AND OTHER PROGRAMMES

Besides learning to put together news programmes, the students will also learn production of documentary films and studio-based programmes.

DYNAMIC ELEMENTS

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.

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