Media Trainer: Journalism Education in India Ailing

In a new exchange4media piece, Pradyuman Maheshwari, a media trainer and blogger in India, argues that the country’s journalism education system has been overrun with “fly-by-night” institutes that do NOT prepare students for the craft.

According to Maheshwari, the ills of the j-education system include: a severe shortage of teachers with actual journalism and media experience; a lack of teaching about the basics and extras that matter in the new media age; a money-grab mentality that has students enrolled in schools for too long and learning too little; and inadequate high-tech machines and media and other infrastructure to help educators carry out their teaching.

This view seconds a 2005 piece I read that highlighted the irony between India’s burgeoning media and journalism scenes with its lack of related education. ¬†As that article noted:

In India, about 45,000 newspapers, journals and periodicals are now brought out in 105 languages and dialects. There are over 4000 daily newspapers and magazines. India also produces the largest number o ffeature films and newsreels in the world. All India Radio is known as the largest radio network in the world. . . . India has become a global leader in software industry. India has also become one of the few advanced countries in the field of satellite communication. India has also achieved tremendous progress in the field of telecommunication. The media industry in India has grown enormously and earned global appreciation. . . . However, Mass Communication and Journalism teaching, training, research and extension activities are not properly organized on sound footing of resources and systematic management.

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  1. To be honest, I partly agree with your point of view. And, how I learned Journalism was myself with the aid of books written by foreign authors and such. I recommend the same to all the wanna-be Journalists, too. Also, practical knowledge is what matters the most. You may spend years “learning” or getting yourself trained in the field of Journalism, but in my opinion, what matters the most is that you ACTUALLY should get out THERE and DO STUFF – Investigate, Research, Interview anyone if you have to, Write (most important!) and Market your work.

    In the beginning, you may have to face a lot of criticism, but all that matters is HOW you interpret it – Never let it get you down. Accept it as constructive criticism, accept rejection if you are faced with it, but never give up – keep working hard and one day you are going to be on the top!