The country is witnessing a media revolution with a massive expansion of media in general, and the news industry in particular. With the rapid development in ICT, Journalism and New Media are emerging as powerful tools of communication. This has opened up huge and varied opportunities in the profession. This has, in turn, resulted in a massive demand for trained and skilled human resource in the industry.
To cater to the needs of this booming sector, IGNOU established the School of Journalism and New Media Studies (SOJNMS) in 2007. It has opted for a judicious blend of on-campus and Open and Distance Learning (ODL) programmes. The mix of on-campus and ODL programmes enables the School to reach out to all the segments of the society. It also helps to open up a dialogue between the teaching and learner communities, thereby enriching the content of both the modes.
The programmes offered by the School range from doctoral to degree, diploma and certificate programmes. While certificate and diploma programmes help in upgrading the skills of media and media-related professionals, degree programmes prepare students for entry-level jobs. Doctoral programmes enable the School to undertake academic research and utilise its findings to enrich the learning experience.
SOJNMS places emphasis on the application part of the curriculum. The Electronic Media Production Centre (EMPC), a division of IGNOU, built with technical and financial aid of the Government of Japan, is equipped with state-of-the-art audio-video production facility, supported by highly-skilled personnel committed to professional excellence.
EMPC being the production and distribution centre for the audio-visual programmes, is uniquely positioned to provide guidance and training to learners at the School. Its involvement with the broadcasting and satellite communication facilities such as Gyan Vani (Radio), Gyan Darshan (TV) and Edusat (satellite) provide real-time experience to the trainees. SOJNMS and EMPC, in a mutually complimenting manner, provide an inclusive learning experience. The training provided by the EMPC is exhaustive in content, quantity and quality.
The School draws upon an eminent panel of media professionals to expose the learners to the realities of the media world, after a thorough theoretical grounding provided by the faculty members. Working in tandem, the team of in-house faculty, experts and guest faculty provide the learners a rich and hands-on learning experience.
To meet the demands of the industry, SOJNMS networks with market leaders in the industry and offers cutting-edge technology programmes to equip the learners to compete successfully in the profession.
SOJNMS has at present two such programmes: one in Computer Generated Graphics and Animation, in collaboration with Maya Academy of Advanced Cinematics (MAAC), and capacity building programmes such as Online Journalism and Web 2.0, Media Management and Trainers' Training, in association with Deutche Welle, Germany.
SOJNMS undertakes a wide-ranging multi-dimensional approach in the areas of journalism, media and communication related academic programmes, research and training. A multimedia approach incorporating innovative technologies and teaching methodologies is followed to impart education and training. These include printed study material, audio-video materials, telecasts, broadcasts, teleconferencing, Interactive Radio Conferencing (IRC) and interpersonal interaction.
Training and internship are provided for both the open distance and face-to-face learning. In tune with the mission and vision of the University, SOJNMS offers high-quality innovative and need-based programmes at different levels at affordable costs.