Monday, 31 July 2017

Do you know these 7 advantages of being in Journalism?

Competitive and fast-paced! those pursuing a career in journalism need to be quick-thinking, adventurous and curious individuals that believe in the power of the media. Despite the fact that the career has been undergoing many changes, adapting to the rise of online news consumption, the basics of the business remain the same. You still need to know how to tell an interesting story in a clear and concise way that informs and compels a reader, viewer or listener. The evolving career field continues to attract hard-working and bright individuals because of the many benefits it offers.
1. You learn alot
Journalism is the career for the curious. Every day you wake up and are paid to investigate new topics or events occurring in your community. You learn something new every day as a journalist, which is what makes the career so rewarding.
2. Challenge & Excitement
The life of a journalist can be both demanding and exciting. Imagine that you're covering local news, you always have to be right where the action is! Working against deadlines to deliver a great story in action-filled environments is a constant adrenaline rush.
3. You work among the most passionate, informed people of the Society
Journalism tends to attract intelligent and hardworking people who care a lot about what they do. Given that the career isn't as lucrative as other communications jobs, and requires similar skills, journalism is a "passion career". The benefits come from the internal rewards of the career rather than from the paycheck, so there are many people working in the industry because they love it.
4. Your reach is your real achievement
Unlike most people's work, which is recognized within an office space, journalists publish their work for the public. Even if the audience is small, journalists reach a group of people with their research and writing who are (hopefully) gaining insight from their work.
5. Travelling
Though every journalism career is different, many reporters have the chance to travel during the course of their career - especially international correspondents. Even local city reporters often have to travel to rural areas for special stories or reports as part of their job. It sure beats sitting at a desk in front of a computer screen for 40 hours a week.
6. Meeting new & interesting peoples every minute.
Interviewing a wide range of people with diverse backgrounds is a huge perk of the life of a journalist. You're constantly exposed to new characters and you get to hear their stories, research, and opinions. It's a great career for social spirits.
7. You become an expert in your community
Nobody knows their community better than the local journalist. Their job is to know as much of what's going on in the area as possible. It makes you more connected to where you live and the people around you because you have that deep knowledge of the city's intricacies.
So, What are you waiting for, Come and join this interesting & thrilling industry now.

Saturday, 29 July 2017

Want To became a Script Writer?

These books can really help you a lot to achieve your goals. 

We all know how hard it can be to write when other things in life maybe aren’t going as smoothly as they could be.With this in mind, we’ve outlined some key non-writing books that can help you in becoming a screenwriter indirectly by covering subjects such as productivity, earning an online income, creativity, motivation, inspiration and generally becoming happier! Pretty essential info for any aspiring writer we think.

by Chris Guillebeau

A great book by entrepreneur Chris Guillebeau who hasn’t worked for anyone other than himself since his early twenties. Chris Guillebeau shot to fame when he published a report on his blog called ‘A Brief Guide to World Domination’. Within weeks, it was downloaded more than 100,000 times in over 60 countries, written about in the New York Times and endorsed by Seth Godin.

It outlined a plan to ‘take over the world’ by doing what is most meaningful whilst helping others in unique way. The Art of Non-Conformity expands upon the gutsy ideas first introduced in Guillebeau’s blog, focusing on three areas: life, work and travel.

by Carl King

Until now there hasn’t been a comprehensive, philosophical guide to prepare you for the strange, beautiful, and downright dangerous lifestyle known as a Creative Career. So, You’re A Creative Genius… Now What? is here to help you take control of your destiny, follow your own path, and open your own creative studio anywhere.

Divided into two parts, YOU and THEM, this fun book teaches you how creative freelancing can bankroll your own artistic dreams. Whether you’re an artist, writer, filmmaker, or musician, So, You’re A Creative Genius… Now What? will help you conquer that Creative Genius within.

by Hugh MacLeod

Everybody needs an Evil Plan. Everybody needs that crazy, out-there idea that allows then to actually start doing something they love, doing something that matters. Everybody needs an Evil Plan that gets them the hell out of the rat race, away from lousy bosses, away from boring, dead-end jobs that they generally hate. After all, life is short.

Finding and implementing your own Evil Plan is without question one of the greatest things you can do with the brief time you are alloted. Thanks to the Internet, it has never been easier to have an Evil Plan. Hugh MacLeod loves where he lives and he loves what he does, in spite of the odds. In this irreverent and quirky guide, MacLoed provides inspiration, and introduces like minded people, to living a better life.

by Austin Kleon

When asked to talk to students at Broome Community College in upstate New York in the spring of 2011, Austin Kleon wrote a simple list often things he wished he’d heard when he was their age: ‘Steal like an artist; Don’t wait until you know who you are to start making things; Write the book you want to read; Use your hands; Side projects are important; Do good work and put it where people can see it; Geography is no longer our master; Be nice (the world is a small town.); Be boring (it’s the only way to get work done.); and, Creativity is subtraction.’

After giving the speech, he posted the text and slides to his popular blog, where it quickly went viral. Now Kleon has expanded his original manifesto into an illustrated guide to the creative life for writers, artists, entrepreneurs, designers, photographers, musicians, and anyone attempting to make things – art, a career, a life – in the digital age. Brief, direct, and visually interactive, the book includes illustrative anecdotes and mini-exercise sections calling out practical actions readers can take to unleash their own creative spirits.

We hope you’ve found some extra inspiration from this post on becoming a script writer. What other books besides screenwriting books do you recommend? Please let us know on our facebook page named as “IAAN School of Mass Communication”

Monday, 24 July 2017

Want to become a Radio Jockey?
This is how you can get a start.

A Radio Jockey's job is a thrilling one. He gets to entertain and interact with a very large audience. Although not as popular as television, radio has its own set of followers. The success of a show depends entirely on how talented the radio jockey is. He also gets to meet and interview a wide range of celebrities on radio. A radio jockey also gets to compile his own playlist of songs for his audience. Let's see how you can become a radio jockey or RJ.

Radio Jockeying as a Career
Do you love music? Do you love to talk to strangers? Can you begin a discussion on any topic? If the answers to all these questions is an emphatic yes, then you can think of becoming a Radio Jockey or RJ.
Requirements for Becoming a Radio Jockey
Just like any creative art, there is no step by step guide for a Radio Jockey or Video Jockey. Radio Jockey or Video Jockey is something more to do with passion than degrees. If you feel you have a definite knack for the medium (radio for radio jockey and TV for VJ), and good communication skills and can interact with people of all age groups, then this could be your profession. However, formal education helps you develop your personality and increases your knowledge on a variety of topics for you to talk about.
Step 1: Enroll in 10+2 of a stream of your choice.
Step 2: Alongside your schooling, you can enroll in communication classes or programs that can help you with tips on how to groom yourself as an RJ.
Step 3: You can complete your graduation and then enroll in communication and media studies courses. No matter, whatever your stream is, you need to be passionate about your job as a radio jockey.
Radio jockeying does not require you to have very high qualifications. To become a successful radio jockey, you need to have strong linguistic skills. You should have the ability to grab attention when you speak. Having the right attitude is compulsory. You need to be observant and be aware of your surroundings. Radio jockeys become successful when they have a different point of view, when it comes to certain subjects.
Of course, being appropriate and sensitive to your audience is also necessary. It is important that you be mild in your opinions and statements so that you do not offend anybody. Other than this, a radio jockey needs to have a sense of humour, creativity, and ample knowledge of the subjects he speaks about.
As a RJ, you should be able to think on your feet. Unlike television and movies, there are no retakes and what you speak is instantly transmitted to radios around the city. A radio jockey also needs to be well-versed in the music he plays.
Do you have it in you ?
Ø  Ability to talk impromptu on any given topic
Ø  Avid reader
Ø  Good knowledge on a variety of issues, current and political, music and films, sports and travel
Ø  Curiosity to learn new things and read about interesting incidents
Ø  You must be original in your presentation skills
Ø  Good communication skills and strong hold on language
Ø  Ability to deal with a variety of listeners
What a Radio Jockey Does
A radio jockey represents not only himself, but his radio station as well. In some cases, he is also the voice of the city. Most radio jockeys are most popular in their towns or cities, and this is achieved by identifying with the local populace. Therefore, a radio jockey has to keep his target audience in mind at all times. This is especially true while choosing subjects, celebrities and music for his show.
A RJ must also be skilled in conversing with members of his audience. People often call the radio station for contests and general discussions and the RJ must make the conversation appealing by taking it in different directions and making humorous commentary. His anchoring skills make or break a certain show.
Entry level radio jockeys are paid around Rs 15,000 to Rs 20,000 per month. It increases with your experience and job profile. Senior RJs can even make Rs 1 lakh per month.
How to Become a Radio Jockey
If you love talking, have a flair for communicating and are passionate about music, then radio jockeying may be just the career for you.
As radio jockeying is now a high-paying job in India, many institutes offer courses that guide you towards a successful career. Many radio stations offer internship to aspiring radio jockeys and they also recruit from reputed institutes. Many professionals in the field also hold voice and radio jockeying workshops where you can learn about the nuances of RJing.

Mass Communication Courses -
·         Certificate Course or Diploma in Announcing, Broadcasting, Compering and Dubbing 
·         Certificate Course or Diploma in Radio Jockeying
·         Bachelors of Arts in Mass Communication
·         Masters of Arts in Mass Communication
·         Under Graduate Diploma
·         Post Graduate Diploma
·         BMEFT

Best Mass Communication Institutes in India
IAAN School of Mass Communication, New Delhi
Makhanlal Chaturvedi National University of Journalism & Communication
Punjab Technical University

Prospects of Radio Jockeying
Radio jockeying has really picked up steam as a prospective career in recent years. There is a lot of money to make in the radio business and success depends on the radio jockeys who work for that station. This is because the content that different stations use may be the same, but the way it is delivered makes all the difference. A radio jockey who has a popular show is paid well as more advertisers are interested in shows that have many listeners.
Many radio stations are active in India today and there are always ample options for radio jockeys to choose from. Some radio jockeys also moonlight as voice-over artists for television and movies. Many companies hire radio jockeys to do voice-overs for their advertisements. Many RJs also have alternate careers as event anchors and compeers or emcees.
Radio jockeying has definitely caught up as a big career in India. So definitely give it a try if you have been considering it as a career option.

Monday, 17 July 2017

Is becoming a Travel Journalist or Travel Writer your dream? Then this article is for you only!

We’re often asked “What’s the difference between a travel writer and a travel journalist?”
The answer is …..not a lot.
Actually, while they are similar in many ways, the key difference is that a travel writer generally writes about a place, and does so in a way that allows the reader to visualize the experience, whereas a travel journalist generally tells a story involving people that is unique to that place, and does so in a way that relays the facts.
Both often share the narrative essay format, but Travel Writing can, and frequently does, serve as a ‘review’  intended to encourage travel and tourism, whereas the intent of most Travel Journalism is to encourage a broader view and wider understanding of the world we live in. When a story takes on elements of creativity that have no basis in fact, then it’s still Travel Writing, but definitely NOT Travel Journalism!

What are the Key Factors?
First and foremost, you must love to write. You must be articulate and skilled at communicating. And it goes without saying that you must enjoy traveling, meeting people, researching facts, and crafting a compelling story from what you learn.
It’s also important to know that most media outlets have dramatically scaled back their ‘staff’ writer positions, and instead rely on freelance submissions for content. This means there are very few ‘jobs’ available and a large pool of highly qualified writers and journalists competing for them.
But don’t get discouraged! A good writer who works hard can make a good living as a freelancer as the vast number of online media outlets, and a ceaseless demand for content means that there are more opportunities than ever before for getting published, and there are still outlets that will pay for good quality articles and stories.

How to start?
  1. Choose the right course of study. You can go for a Three year general journalism degree at a top journalism school like IAAN School of Mass Communication, which will certainly open doors for you.
  2. Sometimes the best way into a staff job at a media outlet is to start as an intern, and although interns are often selected from an applicant pool filled with journalism or communications students, it’s not always the case – sometimes those with good writing skills, a passion for the job, and a positive and enthusiastic mindset will get the internship. It’s a great way to learn the ropes and build a network of industry contacts.
Sometimes you have to create your own internships….if a travel writing internship isn’t advertised, call an Editor at a publication (online or offline) that you’d like to work for and offer to be an intern.
  1. Decide the type of journalism you would like to pursue such as newspapers, magazines, television, or online — each has a different style and requires different skills.
  2. Develop a network of other writers, editors, and publishers. The best way to do this is to attend workshops and conferences where you can continue your education, learn to improve your writing, and make new professional contacts.
  3. Consider a mentoring relationship like the one offered by the IFWTWA (International Food, Wine, and Travel Writers Association) “Emerging Writers Program” – although you must already have good writing skills and some byline history, you can be paired with a professional to learn the specific ropes of travel writing.
  4. Get started! Start small, with your local paper or a local magazine – read enough back issues to see what types of stories and articles they generally published, and what they’ve not published lately – if you can provide them with something that fits, contact the editor and pitch your idea.
  5. You may get in touch with Organizations & Production houses like IAAN at New Delhi.