The establishment of the Department in 1974 marks the beginning of Journalism education in the State of Odisha. It offered teaching for Bachelors degree in Journalism. In 1977 nomenclature was changed to Bachelor of Journalism & Mass Communication. Further, 2 Years Masters degree course M.J.M.C. was restructured in 2000 and the semester system of examination as per U.G.C. guidelines was introduced in 2002. At present the Department offers teaching for 4 semester Master's degree examination leading to award of the degree in M.A. (Mass Communication).
During past 40 years, the Department has produced above 1000 alumni and about 60% are employed in Media organisations such as newspapers, radio and television channels, government public sector and Public Relation organisations, advertising agencies, non-government organisations and academics.
Master Degree (M.A.)
Two year full time masters’ degree course is designed as per UGC guide lines. The Course prepares students for careers in various traditional and New Media for reporting, editing, television and radio programme production, advertising, public relation and Social Communication. Total number of students intake capacity is 24 including reservations as per UGC / State Government guidelines.
Bachelor’s degree in any discipline with at least 50% (45% for ST/SC) marks in the major / honors subject or Aggregate can apply for admission. The admission process starts during the later part of May every year. The selection for admission is usually judged considering the career marking of individual applicants.
Curriculum is specially designed for Journalism and Mass Communication aspirants to make a career in myriad areas of Mass Media and Communication &Research. It aims to impart comprehensive training for various professionals in print, radio, television, internet, Public relations and advertising.
Career Prospects exist in the following areas-
Class Room teaching offered 6 days a week between 11 AM to 4.30 PM. Every day this includes theory, practical classes and seminars and field experiments.
As per the new regulations, scholars seeking registration for Ph.D. in Journalism & Mass Communication have to complete course work of one semester duration and pass the Pre-PhD examination. After being successful in the Pre-Ph.D examination, one can apply for registration for Ph.D.
Candidates have to appear University Research Entrance Test (URET) to be eligible for admission in the Ph.D course work. Applicants who have qualified NET conducted by UGC, CSIR or similar test accredited by the UGC like SLET/SET can be exempted from URET. Final Selection of the candidate will be done through personal interview by the selection committee.
The Curriculum contains two papers of 100 Marks. The Course will help the student in gaining knowledge in research methodology and practical applications of research methods in Social Science. It will also help the students to have an extensive grasp of the contemporary issues and developments relating to Communication, media and society.
D.Litt. programme is designed for the candidates having Ph.D. in the subject.
After 3 years of obtaining Ph.D. degree with 3 published research papers of high standard a candidate can apply for registration for D.Litt. examination for further details refer D.Litt. brochure available for sale along with the application for registration at the University Stores.
Books : 2000 (Approximately)
i. Media Watch
ii. Communication Today
iii. Journal for creative communication
iv. Indian Media studies Journal
v. Vidura – A journal of press Institute of India
vi. Advertising Express
vii. Global Media and Communication
viii. Journalism & Mass Communication (Quarterly)
ix. Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media (J Broadcast Electron)
x. Media Asia
xi. International Communication Gazette
Air Conditioned Computer Laboratory with Internet facility and non-linear editing suite for multimedia production classes. The students learn the technical skills of post production in Video. The students are also taught the skills of sound recording and editing in the laboratory.
A Multimedia Laboratory fitted with Public Address System. The students run a Narrowcasting community Radio News Bulletin “Bhanja Bani” wherein they learn the skills of gathering news, preparing and presenting for Radio broadcasting. A conference cum preview theater is under construction which will be ready by January 2015.
Student Project Work
Project work is a part of the Curriculum. During Semester IV students are required to produce a dissertation which carries 100 Marks. They are also required to produce media products in print/Audio/Video/Web-based media which carries 100 Marks. All the students undergo 4 weeks of Internship at a select media organization which also carries 100 Marks.
The imparted research skills prepare the student for a position as a research analyst or research scholar and academician in such fields as advertising, marketing communication research, public relations, political campaigning, health communication, and international communication, etc. It combines a command of applied research designs, techniques, and writing skills. The Department has a range of active researchers who are focused on contemporary and historical analysis of journalism, news production, developmental journalism and political communication etc. The department also has active research links and collaborative research ventures with departments of other institutions in India and abroad.
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The Department has almost 1000 Alumni who are working in reputed organisations in the field of print, Television, Radio, Public Relation and Advertising as well as online media.