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Institute of Journalism Press Club, Trivandrum

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PG Diploma in Journalism Course

Introduction There is a growing demand for trained journalists in various media such as newspapers, radio, television, advertising and communication network and online publications. There is a shortage of trained personnel to meet this ever-increasing demand.

About the course The Institute offers a one-year course for Post-Graduate Diploma in Journalism, recognized by the Government of Kerala (Vide G.O. (P) No 275/80/GAD dated 4.7.1980)

Qualification Minimum academic qualification for admission to the Post Graduate Diploma in Journalism (PGDJ) course is Bachelor's Degree from a recognised University. The upper age limit is 30 years. The medium of instruction is English.

How to apply Prescribed application form together with the prospectus can be obtained from the Secretary, Press Club, Trivandrum - 695 001 on payment of of Rs. 150/- by cash/money order/Demand Draft payable to the Secretary. The duly filled application form should reach the Secretary Press Club, Trivandrum - 695 001 by the date specified in the advertisement. Candidates, who satisfy the requirements in the preliminary screening, will be called for an entrance Test. Those who secure a place in the rank list will have to appear for an interview and final selection.

Fee The fees for the course, Rs. 15,000 can be payable in three installments: Tuition fee Rs. 10,000 Admission fee Rs. 600 Library fee Rs. 1,000 Laboratory journal fee Rs. 2,200 Registration fee Rs. 200 Examination fee Rs. 1,000 Total Rs. 15,000 The first installment of Rs.8000/- is payable at the time of admission, and the balance Rs. 7000/- in two installments, of Rs. Rs.4000 and Rs. 3000 by mid-July.

Academic year The Academic year begins in September-October and ends by August. There will be morning session and evening session. A student can opt for either Lectures and discussions will be held five days a week. Classes are from 8 to 10 am for morning session and 5:30 to 7:30 pm for the evening session. There will be guest lectures by experts, workshops and seminars on Saturdays/Sundays when the morning and evening classes will be combined. The students will be required to work in simulated news rooms and produce in house journals. It is mandatory for every student to cover at least two press conferences in a week held in the Press Club and submit those reports to the Director in an Assignment note book. The final DJ examination will be held in August-September. A mid-term examination will also be conducted. Those who fail in more than half of the papers in the mid-term examination will not be admitted to the final examination.

Attendance The students are required to attend all lectures, seminars, workshops, indoor/outdoor professional assignments. Those with less than 75 % attendance in the classes will not be admitted to sit for the final examination. Every student will receive, an identity card issued by the Institute on admission. The card must have a stamp-size photograph of the student, attested by the Director of the Institute. The stamp-size photograph for the purpose has to be provided by the student. The students are expected to carry the identity card while attending classes in the Institute, press conferences or going on outdoor assignments.

Holidays The Institute normally observes all public holidays notified by the State government.

Examinations The Final examination will commence in August-September. The Scheme of the final examination will be as follows: Paper 1 History & Development of Journalism 100 Paper 2 Constitution, Press Laws & Code of Ethics 100 Paper 3 Mass Communication & Newspaper Management 100 Paper 4 General Reporting 100 Paper 5 Specialized Reporting 100 Paper 6 Editing I 100 Paper 7 Editing II: Online journalism, Newspaper Design & Production 100 Paper 8 Audio Visual Media 100 Paper 9 Public Relations & Advertising 100 Practical 150 Viva Voce 50 Total 1100

Pass requirements Candidate obtaining not less than 40 % marks in each paper will be declared passed. Those obtaining not less than 50 % marks, but less than 60 % in the aggregate, will be placed in the Second Class and those obtaining not less than 60 % in the First Class. Those obtaining 72 % and above will be placed in the First class with Distinction. Students failing in any paper will be allowed to take a re-examination. Those who abstain from the whole or part of the examination can take the final examination only in the next course. Those who pass in parts will be placed only in Pass Class.

Diploma and Certificate Students who complete the course successfully will be issued the Post Graduate Diploma in Journalism (PGDJ) at a convocation. On the basis of the mark lists prepared by the Institute, copies of individual mark-list will be issued to students on payment of Rs. 25/-.

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