Updated on Jan 11, 2022 08:47 IST
Kritika Gupta

Kritika GuptaSenior Executive – Editorial, Shiksha.com

BJ or Bachelor of Journalism is an undergraduate degree in the field of journalism and mass communication that candidates can pursue right after their Class 12. BJ is a three years duration course and in this course aspirants are taught about various aspects of the media industry like research, reporting, compiling, writing, editing as well as presentation of information.

After completing a BJ course candidates can join various mass communication related fields such as TV news channels, newspapers, radio stations and the likes. Typically the field of Journalism is divided into two broad categories, which are, Print Media and Electronic Media. Candidates who aspire to work in the Electronic Media can join television, radio or internet/ digital media companies whereas in Print Media aspirants can join newspapers, magazines, news agencies and digests.

Bachelor of Journalism (BJ) Eligibility Criteria

Candidates meet the eligibility criteria for BJ course if they have completed their Class 12 from a recognised board and institute. Apart from this, some colleges also state that aspirants are eligible to pursue a Bachelor of Journalism course if they possess minimum 50% aggregate marks at their 10+2 level. Another additional eligibility criteria is that candidates should have studied Hindi or English at school level.

Students from any stream (Arts/ Commerce/ Science) can opt to pursue a BJ course.

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Required Skillset for BJ

In order to pursue a BJ or Bachelor of Journalism course aspirants need to have a nose for news and also be motivated enough to work long hours. Some key skills that aspirants need to possess in order to pursue a BJ course are as mentioned below:

Keen observer



Good perception and

Interest in details

General awareness

Intellectually curious


Fluent in language

Good writer

Good judgement

Clear headed


Good time management skills





Course curriculum for BJ

The subjects taught in a BJ course may vary from college to college. However, candidates can go through some common topics that they are likely to study as part of Bachelor of Journalism course below:

BJ Course Curriculum

Introduction to Journalism

Press Laws and Ethics


Political Science


Creative Writing for Journalism

Journalism in India


Reporting and Feature Writing

Broadcast Journalism

Introduction to Electronic Media

Indian Economy

Global Media

Writing for the New Age




Communication Research

History of Press

News Media Management

Magazine and Niche Journalism

Indian Regional Journalism

BJ Job Profiles & Top Recruiters

After completing a BJ course, an aspirant can pursue higher education, that is, a course in the field of journalism like MA in Mass Communication and Journalism, MA in Journalism, MA in Mass Communication, PG Diploma in Journalism etc or even in any other field. On the other hand, candidates are also eligible to pursue a job right after completing their BJ course. Some popular job profiles that aspirants can consider pursuing after their BJ course are listed below:

Desk Writers: This is mostly the entry level job profile of companies that function under the ambit of print or broadcast journalism. In this job profile one needs to write stories/ news pieces on major happenings of the day across different beats.

Reporters: In this profile an individual has to get information regarding local, national or international events. Reporters work across different beats such as politics, law, lifestyle, entertainment, sports, education, etc.

Journalist: In this job profile an individual is expected to work under different beats such as Politics, Sports, Crime, Education, Entertainment etc. A Journalist is expected to research, write, edit and present the events/ news in an honest, unbiased and ethical way.

Candidates can view the list of other mass communication job profiles here.

Some of the popular media companies that hire journalism graduates are – Times of India, Hindustan Times, India Today, The Pioneer, The Hindu, Malayala Manorama, Outlook, Zee Network and the likes. Know top companies that hire mass communication graduates.

Popular B.J. (Bachelor of Journalism) Colleges in India

Following are the most popular B.J. (Bachelor of Journalism) Colleges in India. Learn more about these B.J. (Bachelor of Journalism) colleges (Courses, Reviews, Answers & more) by downloading the Brochure.
6 Courses
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#1 India Today

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#3 India Today

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#4 India Today

80 K - 6.64 L
3 - 10 LPA

#6 Outlook

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#2 Outlook

Popular Private B.J. (Bachelor of Journalism) Colleges in India

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#6 Outlook

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Popular B.J. (Bachelor of Journalism) Specializations in India

Following are the most popular B.J. (Bachelor of Journalism) Specializations . You can explore the top Colleges offering these Specializations by clicking the links below.

Popular Specializations



the crescent queen

2022-02-28 22:04:45

Which course I need to take for UG if I want to take journalism for PG?

Reply to the crescent queen

Group Captain Vinayak Deodhar

Scholar-Level 18

a week ago

Hello The Crescent Queen, if you want to take journalism for PG, then why not take it for graduation too? It's best that you should get a degree in journalism before you go in for PG in the subject. Best wishes to you.

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