Mass Communication: Types of job profiles

Mass Communication: Types of job profiles

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Vikrant Shukla
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Updated on Mar 20, 2024 15:16 IST

Mass Communication courses offers numerous career opportunities to candidates, which are not only high paying but also bring in job satisfaction and expression of creativity. This field opens up a plethora of work opportunities, most of which are quite practical in nature. Read on to know more about the different job profiles of Mass Communication.

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Mass communication in the general sense means using various means of communication to disseminate information to a large section of the population. Mass communication as a profession provides an opportunity to the candidates to showcase their creative side as well as a platform to give wings of change to society. At present, youth are increasingly pursuing mass communication.

Q:   What is the age limit for IIMC Entrance Exam?

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The minimum age limit to apply for the Indian Institute of Mass Communication (IIMC) Entrance Exam is 18 years while the maximum age limit is 25 years. However, there is a relaxation of 5 years for candidates belonging to Scheduled Caste/Sscheduled Tribe as well as for candidates who are Physically Disabled.

Q:   How can I apply for IIMC entrance exam?

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To fill the CUET PG application form for courses offered at IIMC candidates will have to visit the official website of the NTA and click on the 'Registration For CUET (PG)' link. Thereafter, candidates need to click on 'New Registration' link. On clicking the link, the form window will open on the screen. Thereafter, candidates can start filling the online application form. Candidates will have to fill the details such as course details, personal details, family details, education details, choice of exam centre, signature and photograph.

Q:   What is the selection criteria for JMI entrance exam?

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JMI selection criteria includes shortlisting of candidates on the basis of scores obtained in JMI exam. For some courses candidates are required to also appear for Group Discussion (GD) and Personal Interview (PI). The cut off for each course is released after the selection procedure is over and candidates are called for counselling and document verification. Candidates should go through the selection process mentioned in the e prospectus of JMI for their respective course.

Mass communication as a career is by no means limited as it extends its reach from newspapers to magazines, radio, television, advertisements, public relations, and event management. Below is the information about all the jobs one can get after doing a mass communication course. If you are also studying mass communication, then you can know about its scope, job profile, and top recruiters.

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Popular Mass Communication Job Profiles

If a person wants to conduct a practical job, he or she can study mass communication. This sector is also for individuals who desire to operate as a bridge connecting two radically distinct subsets of people, which is frequently referred to as society's mirror. Candidates can check some of the top-paying Mass Communication and Media job profiles below:

Desk writers: In print as well as broadcast journalism, there is a department called the “Desk” that typically writes stories on the major happenings of the day.

Q:   What are the eligibility criteria to apply for IIMC Entrance Exam?

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Candidates possessing a Bachelor? s Degree awarded by a recognised university are eligible to apply. Students who had appeared/are appearing for Final year/semester examination of their Bachelor? s Degree are also eligible to apply. Besides that, there is also age requirement which candidates need to fulfill while applying for IIMC Entrance Exam. Such as General Category candidates should be born on 1.8.1998 or later (maximum 25 years as on 1st August 2023). For SC/ST/Differently abled candidates, the date of birth should be 1.8.1993 or later (maximum 30 years as on 1st August, 2022). For OBC category, date of birth should be 1.8.1995 or later (28 years as on 1st August, 2023).

Q:   What are the eligibility criteria to apply for IIMC Entrance Exam?

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Candidates possessing a Bachelor? s Degree awarded by a recognised university are eligible to apply. Students who had appeared/are appearing for Final year/semester examination of their Bachelor? s Degree are also eligible to apply. Besides that, there is also age requirement which candidates need to fulfill while applying for IIMC Entrance Exam. Such as General Category candidates should be born on 1.8.1998 or later (maximum 25 years as on 1st August 2023). For SC/ST/Differently abled candidates, the date of birth should be 1.8.1993 or later (maximum 30 years as on 1st August, 2022). For OBC category, date of birth should be 1.8.1995 or later (28 years as on 1st August, 2023).

Q:   What is the selection criteria for the IIMC entrance exam?

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The Indian Institute of Mass Communication (IIMC) selection criteria includes shortlisting of candidates on the basis of scores obtained in the Common University Entrance Test Post Graduate exam for PG Diploma courses in Journalism. For the language journalism courses, thee is a written exam conducted by IIMC. The list of selected candidates for each course is released after the exam is over and candidates will be then called for counselling and document verification process. Candidates should go through the selection process mentioned in the prospectus of Indian Institute of Mass Communication for their respective course.

Q:   What are the eligibility criteria to apply for Jamia Millia Islamia Entrance Exam?

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The eligibility criteria for each course is different. Candidates are advised to check the eligibility criteria before applying for the Jamia Millia Islamia Entrance Exam. For Undergraduate course, candidates must have passed Intermediate with at least 50 per cent marks from any board and for Masters course, graduate degree with at least 50 per cent marks from any recognised university is required.

Q:   What is the minimum score required for qualifying in JMI Entrance Exam?

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Like all other exams, the minimum marks have been set for the candidates to qualify in the Jamia Millia Islamia entrance exam. As per the general guidelines released by the university, candidates obtaining less than 15% marks in the Objective Type/ Multiple Choice questions will not be shortlisted for interview/admission. Similarly, candidates obtaining less than 30% marks in the descriptive part of the Entrance Test, wherever applicable, will not be shortlisted for interview/ admission. As the minimum qualifying marks are fixed, the candidates should prepare themselves in such a way that they can get more than the prescribed marks in the exam and get selected for the next level.

Reporters: Candidates in this profile are mostly assigned different beats typically to cover different genres of stories. The most common beats offered to reporters are political, law, sports, education, lifestyle, entertainment, and the like. Apart from this reporters may be asked to cover local, national, or international issues depending on their experience and knowledge.

Correspondents: People employed under such a job profile are essential experts in the sphere they are asked to report on. The job profile of a Correspondent is quite similar to that of a reporter. The only difference is that Correspondents are considered to be specialists in the field in which they report. Also, Correspondents are based out of large cities/ other countries and it is from these locations that they report major news events.

Sub-Editors: People working in this job profile are responsible for ensuring that the story is presented objectively. Sub-editors also need to ensure that the grammar as well as presentation of the story is appropriate and at the same time they need to make sure that all the facts of the story remain intact.

Editors: People working in such a profile are responsible for planning the content of a newspaper, magazine or TV/radio news bulletin. They have the final say on the content as well as the presentation of a story.

Video Editor: Candidates working in this job profile need to ensure that the latest information is visually aesthetically presented to audiences.

Graphic Editor: Graphic designers/artists design graphics for magazines, labels, print media and television journalism. They are responsible for designing informative infographics or charts for viewers/readers.

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Sound Mixer and Sound Recorder: Also known as production sound mixer, l location sound engineer, or location sound recordist, the typical ask of a sound mixer is to record all sounds on professional audio equipment on a set during the making of a film or television show.

 Radio Jockey: People working under this job profile typically conduct a radio talk show. In this show, the RJ selects the topic of discussion, and music to be played and at the same time may even interact with the listeners over the phone, SMS or email.

Anchor: Also known as newscasters, news anchors or news analysts, people working under this job profile present shows/new bulletins on television. They are the face of the channel.

TV Producer: A television show producer is responsible for the conceptualization, show progress as well as completion of the entire shoot of the show. It is the top authority regarding the show he is producing. He/she needs to closely work with the show directors, production staff, and talent.

Radio Producer: Similar to a TV producer, a radio show producer is responsible for ensuring that the entire production work of the show goes smoothly. Apart from this, a radio show producer is also responsible for marketing as well as the distribution process of the radio show.

Photo Journalist: People working in this job profile need to properly click photographs, edit them and thereafter present these images in a way that they can communicate the story of a recent happening visually to viewers. Photojournalists can work for a local publication or for national or international publications where sometimes they even have to put themselves in regularly changing or (sometimes) dangerous situations. 

Video Journalist: Similar to the job profile of a Photo Journalist, Video Journalists are expected to provide their channels the latest footage/videos of a recent happening. This is necessary so that viewers can for themselves see and understand the ground reality. However, in the age of new media, video journalists are slowly and steadily being made to handle all the different jobs that go with producing a news story right from its start to its finish.

Illustrator: People opting to make a career as an Illustrator are required to produce still drawings that can be used in a story or that convey an entire story/message of their own. These illustrations are used in newspapers, books, magazines, advertisements, greeting cards and packaging.

Cartoonist: Candidates opting for such a career profile make comical or satirical sketches on different genres such as politics, cultural events etc. Most newspapers/magazines have an in-house cartoonist for their publications. Cartoonists can even take up freelance projects.

Public Relations Officer: People in this profession deal with managing the reputation of a firm or an individual. A PR Officer tries to influence opinion as well as behavior towards their client in order to build, maintain as well as manage their client’s reputation. 

Blog Writer: Candidates wanting to make a career in this profile need to write and edit stories on specific beats and topics as represented by the blog. These days many people, start their own blog and even end up earning money from it. 

Director: The job profile of a director for a TV show or movie is quite similar. While a show/movie is being produced the director is responsible for supervising the usage as well as placement of professional video cameras, lighting equipment, microphones, and other props. Apart from this a director also needs to give cue to the talent and direct the camera person for the placement as well as movement of his equipment.

Vision Mixer: People working in such a job profile need to edit programs live, that is, as they are being transmitted or recorded. Vision mixers while broadcasting visuals need to use a variety of transition methods, like cuts, wipes, fadeout/in, and frame manipulation

Scriptwriter: People aspiring to pursue a career as a scriptwriter typically need to be skilled writers who can prepare scripts for commercials, plays, shows, and dramas that appear on television, in films or on stage.

Mass Communication and Media Top Recruiters

Mass communication has a wide range of applications and is an excellent method for students to begin their careers. Mass communication provides several opportunities for pupils by allowing them to work in a variety of fields. After earning a Mass Communication degree, students can pursue careers in photography, news editing, journalism, or radio jockeying. He or she could even continue his or her education and earn a Master's degree in this profession.

Obtaining a master's degree increases a student's employability and opens up work options at higher levels. Mass communication is a highly sought-after course, with many reputable organizations looking for graduates. The following are the top mass communication recruiters:

Top Recruiters for Mass Communication Candidates
Hindustan Times India Today Group Times Group
All India Radio Indian Express The Hindu
Zee Network Doordarshan Outlook
The Pioneer NDTV Network 18
BBC India TV Cineyug Entertainment
Star India Balaji Telefilms Limited Yashraj Films

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