M.A in Convergent Journalism
Anwar Jamal Kidwai, Mass Communication Research Center offers Master in Convergent Journalism. This is an Integrated Masters Degree Course in Broadcast, Print, Photo and Online Journalism. The duration of the course is two years and it has twenty seats.
The objective of the course is to produce expert journalists for the four disciplines of journalism. The institute nurtures social relevance, human rights and ethics. The syllabus of the course is designed with the view of providing students with knowledge, essential for a career in the journalism streams including:
- News writers
- Copy editors
The current century is known for convergence of technology, ideologies, cultures and ideas. Like other professions, the emergence of technology is affecting the sphere of journalism as well. Therefore, students who wish to make their career in journalism need to have sound knowledge of technology used in it. The convergence of ideas, cultures, technologies and ideologies is taking place in the field of media ownership, packaging of news, presentation, etc.
The process started with the convergence of technologies that enhances the concept of cross media ownership. According to Professor Rich Gordon of the Northwestern University, media companies, with the help of this media ownership, stimulate cross-promotion & content sharing among, online, print and television platforms.
An associate professor of journalism at Deakin University in Australia, Stephen Quinn, stated that students, who are studying journalism, should know the convergence as it is most likely to influence their career.
AJK MCRC has designed and tailored the course to cater to the needs of today's media industry. The course is designed for better future endeavors of Broadcast (television and radio), Print, Photo Journalism and Online Journalism.
Students should have passed 10+2+3 in any discipline with at least 50% marks to be eligible for admission to this course.
Applicants need to obtain the prospectus and application form from the concerned department. Applicants are required to submit the application form along with a Statement of Purpose (SoP). Once the applicants are done with the application procedure, they need to appear for the written test followed by an interview. The break up of marks for entrance exam is given below
- Written Test - 200
- Portfolio - 55
- Interview - 45
The written test is split into two parts, part 'A' and part 'B' respectively. Part 'A' consists of 100 multiple choice questions and each question carries one mark. In part 'B', there are five descriptive questions and each question carries 15 marks. However, twenty-five marks are reserved for articulation, writing style and command over language. The duration of the entrance exam including both parts is four hours.