Despite the proliferation of digital media and instant news breaking over the internet, the role of a news anchor has not diminished, rather it has only grown in profile with millions of youngsters wanting to follow their path and be the face of news channels across India. If you are someone, who wants to become the next Mini Menon, Nidhi Razdan, Rahul Kanwal or Arnab Goswami, here are certain steps towards realizing the dream.
- Take up a mass communication course: You can take up mass communication courses in your undergraduate or post-graduate years to step into the field of journalism. Even if you have done a course in some other field during the under-graduate years, it is not an issue. You can divert towards the journalism field and prepare accordingly. You need to ensure that you are within the age limit as required by the college.
- Choose the right college/institution: Go through the list of colleges that offer the course you want to take up. For example: Asian College of Journalism (ACJ) offers both courses in mainstream journalism and Business Journalism. So if you are interested specifically in Business Journalism, ACJ will be the right choice and you need to prepare for the ACJ entrance test accordingly.
- Prepare for the entrance exam: Top notch colleges offering mass communication courses often have entrance exams to filter out the excessive applications. Therefore these mass communication entrance exams in India are quite competitive. You need to research on the type of questions and the methodology of entrance exams of different colleges. For example: Indian Institute of Mass Communication (IIMC) holds a written test focusing on current affairs, whereas the ACJ entrance test has both a mixture of questions on current affairs as well as English language.
- Speak to media industry professionals: As part of your preparation for the mass communication entrance exam, try and reach out to professionals from the media industry to solicit their views on the industry in general. This will give you a better view of the industry and will act as a catalyst towards better preparations and results.
- Speak to current students: As part of your preparation, try and reach out to current students of the institutes you are aiming for. This will help you understand the exam pattern from a recent point of view and will also help to prepare for the college life that you are about to enter.
Be positive and be prepared!!