(Last Updated on : 22/05/2013)
If one is zealously planning to pursue a career in photojournalism, the basic keen interest in journalism is very much necessary. Indian photojournalists might work alongside with a reporter to decide which photograph will go along with the news item. There are numerous diversified structures of photo department management in a publication. A large newspaper or magazine organisation can have a managing editor of photography and graphics that supervises a team of photo editors who work with the photographers, page designers and lab technicians.
The foremost duty of the photojournalist is to take pictures. They are responsible for providing clear, easy-to-read, superior quality, candid images, that correspond a meaningful message to the readers of the publication they work for. Most newspapers also give the photographer other duties such as developing their film, editing film, scanning their pictures in the computer, adjusting the tone and colour of the pictures. Salaries for photojournalists differ depending on the location, size and type of the publication, experience of the photographer. In the present times, with the steep rise in newspaper, periodicals and magazine publishings, journalism amongst the growing youth has become a hit. Many of them are even giving up a lucrative job just to obtain and feel the spirit of journalism. Quite naturally, photojournalism as a career in India has risen by a sublime slope, with the demand for crafty photographers who can speak through their camera shots.
In India there is no institution or university exclusively offering degree or diploma course in photojournalism. The course is offered through different programmes of journalism & mass communication, art & craft, film and television and advanced information technologies. This education is recognized as professional education, usually referred to by different terminologies, namely - photo editing, layout and design, fundamentals of photography, electronic editing, advanced photography, digital imaging, fundamentals of digital technology, basic and advanced photojournalism, film editing, fundamental principles and practices on videography, moving and still photography, etc. depending on the emphasis on different aspects of photojournalism.
Graduates from any stream can join the above-mentioned courses offered by various universities and media institutes. Almost every institution and university prefers to choose candidates through written and personality-test (interview) examinations due to limited seats.
Institutions Offering Courses on Photojournalism
Photojournalism being a course under the prime limelight, and the fact that more and more enthusiasts are joining it without much qualms, Indian institutions have already started to incorporate this under their curriculum. Some of the selected few are stated below:
||Amrit College, Railway Colony, Poojappura, Trivandrum-695012.
||Asian College of Journalism, Kasturi Centre, 2-Anna Salai, Chennai-2.
||Bharatiya Vidhya Bhavan units at Trivandrum, Kottayam, Thrissur, Kochi, Kohekohes and other cities of India.
||Bhavan's Institute of Communication & Management, Andheri West, Mumbai-400058
||Bhavan's PDN College of Communication and Management, Somani College, Chow patty, Mumbai-400007.
||Biju Patnaik Film & Television Institute, Bhubaneswar.
||Centre for Convergence Media Studies (Kerala University), Senate House campus, Trivandrum-695034.
||Centre for Development of Imaging Technology, Chitranjali Studio Complex, Thiruvallom, Trivandrum-695027.
||DCSMAT Media School, Kinfra Film and Video Park, Kazhakkoottam, Trivandrum.
||Film & Television Institute of India, Pune.
||Garware Institute of Career Education & Development, Vidyanagri, Kalina Campus, Santa Cruz (East) Mumbai-400098
||IILM Film & Media School, 3 institutional area, Lodhi Road, New Delhi
||Indian Centre for Media and Communication, Agrasen Campus, S. No. 239/2, Yerawada, Pune-411 006.
||Indian Institute of Mass Communication, Aruna Asaf Ali Marg, JNU Campus, New Delhi-110067.
||Indian Television Training Institute, C-41 Gulmohar Park, New Delhi 110049.
||Institute for Integrated Learning in Management, Lodhi Institutional Area, Lodhi Road, New Delhi-110003
||Jaipuria Institute, Lucknow and Noida.
||Manipal Institute of Communication, Old Tile Factory Road, Press Corner, Manipal-576104.
||Mother Teresa Institute of Communication and E-journalism, TC 16/138 EVRA-29, Cotton Hill, Trivandrum-695014
||Pioneer Media School, 6, Toder Mal lane, Bengali Market, New Delhi-110001.
||Ranade Institute, Fergusson College Road, Pune-411004
||School of Convergence, 208 A, Savitri Nagar, New Delhi-110017.
||Satyajit Ray Film & Television Institute, EM Bypass Road, Kolkata
||The Manorama School of Communication, P. B. No. 229, Kottayam-686001.
||Rai Media Lab, B-II/58, MCIE, Mathura Road, New Delhi-110044.
||School of Broadcasting and Communication, 108, Building, 4, Kamdhenu Center, Lokhandwala Complex, Andheri (West), Mumbai-400053.
||School of Communication and Management Studies, Management House, South Kalamassery, Kochi-682033.
||Sri Aurobindo Institute of Mass Communication, Sri Aurobindo Marg, Near IIT, New Delhi-110016.
||St Xavier's Institute of Communication, St. Xavier's College, Mumbai-400001.
||Times Centre for Media Studies, 10-Daryaganj, New Delhi-110023.
||National Institute of Social Communications, Research and Training, A-2, Sector-1, Vaishali, Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh-201012.
||Symbiosis Institute of Communication, Pune-411004.
||YMCA, Jai Singh Road, New Delhi.