at a click is no longer exotic. It has become part of our daily
lives. More media houses are adding verve to their websites
and updating them regularly. Web journalists are taken as seriously
as print or television journalists-Tehelka and Al Jazeera being
new media courses are integrated with the print curriculum so
that students learn solid reporting skills along with the technical
skills needed for presenting news online. They create a journalism
website, doing everything from gathering and writing content
to publishing their work.
use major web publishing software tools to design, create and
operate web publications as part of their course work and workshops.
Lectures, seminars with guest speakers, individual assignments
and workshops form part of the pedagogy.
program will also incorporate the following core
courses and electives.
and Writing - The course 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.
of Journalism I & II - This course consists of two components:
Training on software applications for publishing and news editing.
Each of the two components is taught in two separate sessions
through the entire semester. In the software applications class,
students learn to use publishing tools such as Adobe Photoshop,
PageMaker, QuarkXpress, CoralDraw, Dreamweaver and introduction
to Flash. The use of computers as a design tool, applying the
principles of graphics, design, and layout, will be a major focus.
second component introduces students to doing research for reporting
and writing. Students get to learn searching the Web for research
material, and understand how to use various sites that provide
information. Students also become familiar with Web-based database
services and business data. News editing section introduces students
to the practice and mechanics of editing, the selection of stories,
news judgment and the writer-reporter relationship. (This course
is required for print and web journalism students only)
and Legal Issues in Journalism - This course explores the
social role of journalism and the journalist from legal, ethical
and economic perspectives. The course 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.
Writer's Seminar - All postgraduate (PGD) students in print and
New Media are required to take this course. Students join faculty
to critique award-winning journalism, while sharpening their skills
in practical hands-on workshops.
New Media -This course will help the student design, edit
and produce on-line content. The course will familiarize students
with advanced concepts of Web design, User interface, information
architecture, Streaming and multimedia, as well as Web services
like Chat and Discussion Boards. Students will also be introduced
to the use of databases, content management systems, advanced
HTML and other editing software. Students opting for the course
will be trained not only in theoretical issues but also in using
these concepts for the student Web magazine, as part of the New
Writing & Editing - This course is designed to develop
good writing and editing skills. Students learn to edit hard news
and feature articles. By examining the critical issues of accuracy,
balance, clarity and readability in a variety of contexts and
styles, students will learn the essentials of line editing and
organization skills. (This course is required for print and web
journalism students only)
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.
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.
- Designed for students wanting a career in Web journalism, this
course requires publishing an on-line newspaper and a magazine
several times during the semester. This workshop teaches the art
and science of interactive story telling with new media. Students
learn how to report and create stories using new media tools and