NEW MEDIA STREAM
The profession and practice of journalism is wellentrenched
in its trajectory of change ushered in by
digital media which has made the process significantly
more open, democratic and participatory. It is now not
just desirable but imperative for journalists of the future
to acquire the skills and the mindset to set the tone,
adapt, stay informed and introduce the new tools and
the new thinking not just to the media industry but also
to the consumers of news.
New media students of the ACJ are prepared to
spearhead that change, particularly in the South Asian
context. They are introduced to a curriculum that is on
par with worldwide trends giving them the ability to
think, work and engage like 21st century journalists.
At the very heart of our programme are the core
journalism skills and every new media concept and
technology focuses on the application of these skills.
Through the course, students will be imparted training in
newsgathering, reporting, writing and editing. There will
be a strong focus on language and style with students
taught to write factually, creatively and analytically in
response to the story’s demands. Students produce a
lab journal, ACJ Newsline and their work through the
year is compiled in a digital portfolio which showcases
their individual digital journalism skills.
In the first term, students are introduced to blogging,
social media, writing for the web, web design, search
engine optimization, and multimedia storytelling. They
are imparted training on appropriate software packages
and exposed to web design and production tools.
During the second term, students are trained to use
social media for journalism. They are taught social media
verification and introduced to the latest multimedia
storytelling tools and applications. Live-blogging,
curation, microblogging are included in the curriculum.
Mobile journalism, data-driven journalism, hyperlocal
and entrepreneurial journalism are some of the
components of the third-term curriculum. Besides,
students are also taught how to live-stream audio
and video, conduct webinars, create graphics using
mapping and infographic tools and use augmented
reality applications for journalism.
Data Journalism - Introduction to data journalism: Students will be taught to make sense of numbers, identify patterns and pick trends from large sets of data using Microsoft excel and use them to write accurate and factual news articles in the first term. New media students will learn data visualization in the second and third terms. They will be taught to access, study, investigate and interpret complex government data, policies and company financial reports and to represent it as a news article with data visuals.
In response to the dynamics of the digital media
landscape, the curriculum is updated through the year
so that students are exposed to the latest tools and
trends and gain the confidence and the capability to
adapt to the constantly-evolving environment of the