Multimedia Journalism

ABOUT COURSE

More media houses are adding online/web to their print and/or broadcast offerings, and updating them regularly. In Multimedia, students learn solid reporting skills along with the technical skills needed for presenting news online. This “Convergence” programme combines print and broadcast into online with texts and images that are updated frequently. Students create their multimedia website, and do everything from gathering and writing content to publishing their work.

Web-publishing software is used to design, create and operate web publications as part of the course work. Lectures, seminars with guest speakers, individual assignments and workshops form part of the pedagogy.

REQUIREMENTS

Core coursesArea of Specialisations (Choose one specialisation from the following list)
Electives (Choose four electives from the following list)

Reporting and Writing for Multimedia

The course designed for Multimedia students has three principal components: Beat reporting, deadline writing, and seminars. Each student is assigned a Bangalore city neighborhood as a beat and spends at least two days a week in that neighborhood. From this beat reporting news and feature stories evolve, tied to topics discussed in class. Students learn the rudiments of covering crime and courts, government and politics, social issues, health care, education and other subjects. Each week, students work on exercises under deadline conditions. In weekly sessions, instructors lead discussions on journalistic techniques and specific areas of content.

Students also learn to blog, maintain Facebook pages and twitter news content. They learn to participate in and moderate online discussion forums, with special focus on language used.

Tools of Multimedia
This course is a requirement for those concentrating in Multimedia Journalism. Students learn techniques not only of shooting with available hand-held devices, but also those of editing with popularly-used software. They also learn to use publishing tools and software. The use of computers as a design tool, applying the principles of graphics, design, and layout, will be a major focus, as will be uploading information on the web.
Ethical and Legal Issues in Journalism
This required course for all students explores the social role of journalism and the journalist from legal, ethical and economic perspectives. It examines the current and historic conflicts between journalists, government and the legal establishment. Issues such as libel, privacy, prior restraint against publishing the news, protection of sources, the right to gather news and national security are explored. Other issues include fairness in journalism and balanced reporting, and ethical considerations in the setting of the news agenda.
Convergence Across Media
This course equips all students to meet the needs of the fast-changing industry. It introduces the students to all facets of journalism so that they can handle any stream—print, broadcast and multimedia. Students learn the rudiments of other media concentrations—in terms of language and presentation, as well as the tools of production. The emphasis is both on the nuance of using other forms of media than the ones they are specializing in, as well as the skills required leading to familiarity with working on the integrated platforms that the industry is moving towards.
Critical Thinking in Journalism
A journalist does not work independent of the society. While s/he reports on it, s/he is also a part of it. An ability to comprehend, analyze and evaluate unfamiliar material quickly, and think critically is as much a core journalism competency as the ability to identify the news and report on it. In order to be able to think critically, young journalists need background and context. This core course required for all students explains the political, economic and societal contexts in which journalists operate and provides an understanding of democratic functions. It also helps provide paradigms to help the young journalist understand the bigger picture behind the story. (This course is required for all students across both semesters.)

Remedial English
IIJNM offers Remedial English classes to help students improve their competency in the language. These classes are held several times each week throughout the year focusing on grammar, structure of sentences, organisation of content and other writing skills that are essential for English language journalists. An English language professor with journalism background conducts these classes exclusively. These sessions assist students in writing reports effectively in all other journalism classes.
Media Workshop
Designed for students who want a career in multimedia journalism, this course requires students to publish and maintain a website with multimedia content twice weekly during the semester. The workshop teaches the art and science of interactive storytelling using multimedia. Students learn to apply what they have learned in other courses–to report and create stories using multimedia tools and techniques. This is a required course for Multimedia students.
Master’s Thesis
Master’s thesis project may be executed in Television, Radio, Print, or Multimedia. The student adviser helps select a topic and provides guidance throughout the project that runs through the entire year. There is no formal class session; each student works with the adviser constantly throughout the year. The project involves conducting research in a selected topic by collecting large amounts of information, which in turn is analyzed and presented clearly, fairly and interestingly. The project is meant to provide an intellectual challenge to students that goes beyond daily or weekly stories.


Business and Financial Reporting
This course covers business and financial reporting and broad issues and trends within it. The course stresses reporting and writing techniques on business news, and how to interpret and present business and economic events.
Development Journalism
This course covers key developmental issues such as evaluating the impact of policies and programs. Students are required to examine one or more recent developmental projects and use them as case studies for critically reporting.
International News Coverage
This course deals with the techniques and difficulties of international news coverage. It teaches students to gain and report on international viewpoints, and balance with presentations by the national government.
Political Reporting
This course provides an in-depth analysis of the national and local political landscape. Topics include party politics, campaigns and elections, political propaganda, lobbying and special interests, and other areas.

Digital Photo Journalism
This course teaches reporting with a camera. The class will learn photo-reporting for a newspaper as well as the photo essay that explores one subject at length. The technology of transferring the digital photo for the Web will also be studied.
Television News Features
Students report and produce stories ranging in length from five to ten minutes, designed for news, magazine and documentary style programmes. Students work in small teams on feature stories, investigative reports and profiles.
Covering Health and Environmental Issues
Health issues include those related to the field of medicine, delivery of healthcare, and environmental health. Environmental issues include local and global problems related to pollution, contamination, adulteration and other. The relationship between health and environment is also discussed. Students will be required to report on stories dealing with health and environment problems currently faced by the Bangalore community.
Covering Science and Technology
Science and technology have become very much a part of our lives that the two are now inseparable. Information technology, for instance, has virtually taken over our daily tasks through devices such as personal computers, mobile phones and automated banking. The media recognizes the need to talk about technology in simple, layman terms so that the general public can understand even complex issues. Many newspapers have introduced technology pages, and more television channels have begun to devote more than a few hours a week to technology news. Some magazines have appointed Science and Technology correspondents. Bangalore is a hub of scientific research institutions and IT related-business activities. Apart from hardware and software, business processing and outsourcing have become a very important aspect of business. IIJNM students are expected to find informative stories from the technology and science sector. Students will study the impact of IT, as well as breakthroughs in bio-technology and medical technology, and learn to report on them in a simple, clear style.
Radio News Features
Students produce stories for radio news bulletins. They research, interview, record and produce bulletins to a deadline, individually and in teams. They also work in teams on longer programs like documentaries and features, with an emphasis on research and investigation tuned to the medium. All students with concentration in Radio are required to take this course.
Magazine Writing
Long-form narrative writings of the form that have appeared in major national and international magazines will be explored. What makes a magazine story different from newspaper reporting? Narrative energy, the story-telling voice, the shift from observation to insight and interviewing techniques are some of the discussion topics. All students with concentration in magazine publishing are required to take this course.
Investigative Reporting
Students learn to write investigative articles about government policy and other areas by cross reading different published articles and documents, and by interviewing key players – in search of contradictions and misrepresentations. Examples of major investigations and other materials published by Investigative Reporters and other organizations form the basis of the study.
Sports Reporting
Much more is involved in sports and games these days than who won, who lost and why. Complex questions involve the sociology, the psychology and the business of sport, and perhaps more importantly, the ethics of sport.
Opinion and Editorial Writing
Students are introduced to editorials and opinions expressed in the media. The course teaches how the subject is chosen, formulated, and presented. The style of writing editorials and opinions is also covered.
Covering the Arts and Cultural Events
Students will learn to cover different aspects and forms of art, and learn its importance to daily life. The world of ideas is another related area that is both compelling and important to human experience. Further, the impact of “established,” “popular” and “emerging” cultures on society will be examined.
Covering Social and Religious Issues
These two distinct but inter-related subject areas are of considerable importance to a sustainable and peaceful culture and society. Students will learn to write with an edge about issues of poverty, social class, labour, crime, religion and spirituality, traditions, environment and a host of other topics.
Rural Reporting
This course calls for students to carry out their beat reporting in rural areas on issues that are part of the daily life in villages. Problems faced by the rural population are examined, and issues dealing with farming, rural education and vocational training, role of women and the administration of villages are some of the stories covered.

FEES AND PAYMENTS

One-year Postgraduate Diploma (PGDJ) program (Two Semesters)
Total tuition feeRs. 4,25,000
One-year Diploma program (Two Semesters)
Total tuition feeRs. 4,15,000
Hostel fees (housing and meals)
Housing fees:Rs. 30,000
Meals:Rs. 90,000

Multimedia Department Head

Prof. Kanchan Kaur

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