Career in Print Media

According to reports furnished by Pricewaterhouse Coopers on “Indian Entertainment and Media Outlook 2009″, the print media industry in India is anticipated to grow by 5.6% between 2009 and 2013. It will be approximately worth INR 213 billion by 2013. So, this sector is roping in more professionals than before. Given below are few important aspects related to career options in print media.

Career prospects in Print Media

A student who has earned a degree or diploma in print media can work as a freelance journalist, sub editor, editors, reporters, columnist, cartoonists or an artist. The options are many. Few institutes also offer short term or Certificate courses to students.

Eligibility criteria for enrolling into Print Media

Interested students intending to pursue a career in this field at the Bachelor’s level should have passed 10+2 with good communication skills and fluency in English. For admission into post graduate course a student has to possess a bachelor’s degree in Journalism or related field. For Certificate courses the eligibility criterion is a pass in 10+2. Certificate courses are usually of 1 year duration.

Course curriculum in Print Media

One of the most common courses in Print Media is Print Journalism, which is regarded as a subject under Mass communication and Journalism. The course curriculum comprises lessons in the following:

  • Creative writing
  • Print designing
  • Advertising and Journalism
  • Reporting and Editing
  • Print layout
  • Television journalism
  • Voice culture
  • History of Print Media
  • Price and Costing
  • Photojournalism

The topics mentioned above are just few of the topics covered in the course curriculum.


The salary packages usually vary over time with the qualification and the years of experience. Field journalists are also offered travel allowance and accommodation expenses.

Institutes offering courses in Print Media

There are many institutes that offer courses in Print Media. The names of few of these institutes are mentioned below. They are -

  • Indian Institute of Mass Communication in New Delhi
  • Asian College of Journalism in Bangalore
  • Department of Communication and Journalism , University of Pune
  • Amity School of Journalism and Communication New Delhi
  • Banaras Hindu University Varanasi

Few foreign institutes offering courses in print media include the following-

  • Indian Institute of Journalism and New Media in Bangalore
  • University of Leeds in UK
  • School of Print Media, Rochester Institute of Technology in New York
  • London College of Communication in UK
  • Asian College of Journalism in Chennai
  • Danish School of Media and Journalism in Copenhagen