Television Journalism Course: An overview

India is a growing economy with lots of opportunities in the media industry. At JIMMC, we give hands on training to the students in various areas of Television Production - Scripting, Field Reporting, Anchoring, Camera, Video Editing, Graphics, Hindi Typing and Translations, which helps them to be an asset to the organisation and excel professionally. During practical training, the students can specialise in the area of their choice.


Career opportunities

This course offers many opportunities to the students. After the completion of the course, the students can get jobs in News Channels, Entertainment Channels, Infotainment Channels, Regional Channels, Religious Channels and Production Houses. They can also work as freelancers. The course fully equips the students to work in various areas – Field Reporting, Anchoring, Desk Jobs, Graphic Artist, Video Editing and Camera Operation.


Course Outline

Semester 1


Paper 1: Media Communication, History and Press Law (MARKS:100)

  • Communication
  • Important Models of Communication
  • Theories of Communication
  • Media Laws
  • Media History: Print & TV
Paper 2: News Reporting (MARKS:100)
  • Introduction to Television Journalism
  • Structure & Functions of a TV Newsroom
  • Source: Where Does the TV Gets News From?
  • TV Reporting:
    1. What is Reporting
    2. Basic Elements of a TV Report
    3. Principles of Reporting
    4. Qualities of a Reporter
    5. Functions & Responsibilities
    6. Basics of Taking Interview, Sound Bites
    7. Formats of TV Reporting: Live Reporting, Breaking News, Hard News, Backgrounder, Side Stories, Vox-Pop, Follow Up, Series, Feature, Documentary.
    8. Interviews: Types of Interviews & Strategies
  • Sting Operation:
    1. What is Sting Operation? History of Sting Operations in India
    2. Technical Know-How of a Sting Operation
    3. Homework Before a Sting
    4. Legal Standing
    5. Repercussions
    6. Importance of Psychological Counseling During Sting
  • Reporting Reality TV
    1. Emergence of New Genre of TV Reporting in India
    2. Consequences of Reality TV in Journalism
  • Special Reporting
    1. Strategic Affairs (International Affairs & Defence)
    2. Ministries
    3. Political Parties
    4. Parliament
    5. Internal Security
    6. Legal - Media Laws & Journalistic Ethics
  • Stringer Reporting: Importance & Role of Stringers in Present News Scenario
  • How to Report a Non Visual Story
  • Piece to Camera (PTC)
Paper 3: Television Language & Scripting (MARKS:100)
  • What is Scripting?
  • Difference Between Print & Television
  • Main Elements of Newsworthy Stories
  • Television News Writing Style
  • General Rules For Television News Writing
    1. General Guidelines
    2. Responsible Writing & Related Issues
    3. Attribution – Degrees of Attribution
  • Approaching the Television News Story
    1. Basic Structure of a Story/ Package
    2. Voice Over
    3. Visuals
    4. Bites
    5. Audio: Nat Sound/ Ambience, Music
    6. Graphics
    7. Piece to Camera (PTC)
    8. Lead – what is a Lead, Types of Lead
    9. 5Ws & H
    10. PPF Formula (Present-Past-Future) of Story Telling
Paper 4: Camera (MARKS:100)
  • Camera Introduction
    1. Identify Different Parts of Camera
    2. Explanation of Different Parts of Camera
    3. How Does the Camera Work?
    4. Camera Support Systems
    5. Principles of Visual Grammar
    6. Camera Movement
  • What is a Shot?
  • Type of Shots
  • Lighting: Element of Video Production
  • Properties of Light
  • Lighting Techniques
Paper5: Programme Production (MARKS:100)
  • What is a Programme?
  • What are the Various Kinds of TV Programmes?
    1. One-Off Programme or Specials
    2. Recurring Series – Further Divided into two – Finite & Infinite Series.
    3. Scripted & Unscripted
    4. Studio Based and Field Based Programmes
    5. Factual and Fiction Based
  • Different Stages of Production:
    1. Pre-production
    2. Production
    3. Post-production

Paper6: Editing (MARKS:100)

  • What is Editing?
  • The Grammar of Video E
  • Editing Jargon
  • Various Elements of Video Editing
  • Editing a Television News Story, Programme



  • News Bulletin 200 marks
  • Programme 200 marks
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