Monday, 24 July 2017

Want to become a Radio Jockey?
This is how you can get a start.

A Radio Jockey's job is a thrilling one. He gets to entertain and interact with a very large audience. Although not as popular as television, radio has its own set of followers. The success of a show depends entirely on how talented the radio jockey is. He also gets to meet and interview a wide range of celebrities on radio. A radio jockey also gets to compile his own playlist of songs for his audience. Let's see how you can become a radio jockey or RJ.

Radio Jockeying as a Career
Do you love music? Do you love to talk to strangers? Can you begin a discussion on any topic? If the answers to all these questions is an emphatic yes, then you can think of becoming a Radio Jockey or RJ.
Requirements for Becoming a Radio Jockey
Just like any creative art, there is no step by step guide for a Radio Jockey or Video Jockey. Radio Jockey or Video Jockey is something more to do with passion than degrees. If you feel you have a definite knack for the medium (radio for radio jockey and TV for VJ), and good communication skills and can interact with people of all age groups, then this could be your profession. However, formal education helps you develop your personality and increases your knowledge on a variety of topics for you to talk about.
Step 1: Enroll in 10+2 of a stream of your choice.
Step 2: Alongside your schooling, you can enroll in communication classes or programs that can help you with tips on how to groom yourself as an RJ.
Step 3: You can complete your graduation and then enroll in communication and media studies courses. No matter, whatever your stream is, you need to be passionate about your job as a radio jockey.
Radio jockeying does not require you to have very high qualifications. To become a successful radio jockey, you need to have strong linguistic skills. You should have the ability to grab attention when you speak. Having the right attitude is compulsory. You need to be observant and be aware of your surroundings. Radio jockeys become successful when they have a different point of view, when it comes to certain subjects.
Of course, being appropriate and sensitive to your audience is also necessary. It is important that you be mild in your opinions and statements so that you do not offend anybody. Other than this, a radio jockey needs to have a sense of humour, creativity, and ample knowledge of the subjects he speaks about.
As a RJ, you should be able to think on your feet. Unlike television and movies, there are no retakes and what you speak is instantly transmitted to radios around the city. A radio jockey also needs to be well-versed in the music he plays.
Do you have it in you ?
Ø  Ability to talk impromptu on any given topic
Ø  Avid reader
Ø  Good knowledge on a variety of issues, current and political, music and films, sports and travel
Ø  Curiosity to learn new things and read about interesting incidents
Ø  You must be original in your presentation skills
Ø  Good communication skills and strong hold on language
Ø  Ability to deal with a variety of listeners
What a Radio Jockey Does
A radio jockey represents not only himself, but his radio station as well. In some cases, he is also the voice of the city. Most radio jockeys are most popular in their towns or cities, and this is achieved by identifying with the local populace. Therefore, a radio jockey has to keep his target audience in mind at all times. This is especially true while choosing subjects, celebrities and music for his show.
A RJ must also be skilled in conversing with members of his audience. People often call the radio station for contests and general discussions and the RJ must make the conversation appealing by taking it in different directions and making humorous commentary. His anchoring skills make or break a certain show.
Entry level radio jockeys are paid around Rs 15,000 to Rs 20,000 per month. It increases with your experience and job profile. Senior RJs can even make Rs 1 lakh per month.
How to Become a Radio Jockey
If you love talking, have a flair for communicating and are passionate about music, then radio jockeying may be just the career for you.
As radio jockeying is now a high-paying job in India, many institutes offer courses that guide you towards a successful career. Many radio stations offer internship to aspiring radio jockeys and they also recruit from reputed institutes. Many professionals in the field also hold voice and radio jockeying workshops where you can learn about the nuances of RJing.

Mass Communication Courses -
·         Certificate Course or Diploma in Announcing, Broadcasting, Compering and Dubbing 
·         Certificate Course or Diploma in Radio Jockeying
·         Bachelors of Arts in Mass Communication
·         Masters of Arts in Mass Communication
·         Under Graduate Diploma
·         Post Graduate Diploma
·         BMEFT

Best Mass Communication Institutes in India
IAAN School of Mass Communication, New Delhi
Makhanlal Chaturvedi National University of Journalism & Communication
Punjab Technical University

Prospects of Radio Jockeying
Radio jockeying has really picked up steam as a prospective career in recent years. There is a lot of money to make in the radio business and success depends on the radio jockeys who work for that station. This is because the content that different stations use may be the same, but the way it is delivered makes all the difference. A radio jockey who has a popular show is paid well as more advertisers are interested in shows that have many listeners.
Many radio stations are active in India today and there are always ample options for radio jockeys to choose from. Some radio jockeys also moonlight as voice-over artists for television and movies. Many companies hire radio jockeys to do voice-overs for their advertisements. Many RJs also have alternate careers as event anchors and compeers or emcees.
Radio jockeying has definitely caught up as a big career in India. So definitely give it a try if you have been considering it as a career option.

Monday, 17 July 2017

Is becoming a Travel Journalist or Travel Writer your dream? Then this article is for you only!

We’re often asked “What’s the difference between a travel writer and a travel journalist?”
The answer is …..not a lot.
Actually, while they are similar in many ways, the key difference is that a travel writer generally writes about a place, and does so in a way that allows the reader to visualize the experience, whereas a travel journalist generally tells a story involving people that is unique to that place, and does so in a way that relays the facts.
Both often share the narrative essay format, but Travel Writing can, and frequently does, serve as a ‘review’  intended to encourage travel and tourism, whereas the intent of most Travel Journalism is to encourage a broader view and wider understanding of the world we live in. When a story takes on elements of creativity that have no basis in fact, then it’s still Travel Writing, but definitely NOT Travel Journalism!

What are the Key Factors?
First and foremost, you must love to write. You must be articulate and skilled at communicating. And it goes without saying that you must enjoy traveling, meeting people, researching facts, and crafting a compelling story from what you learn.
It’s also important to know that most media outlets have dramatically scaled back their ‘staff’ writer positions, and instead rely on freelance submissions for content. This means there are very few ‘jobs’ available and a large pool of highly qualified writers and journalists competing for them.
But don’t get discouraged! A good writer who works hard can make a good living as a freelancer as the vast number of online media outlets, and a ceaseless demand for content means that there are more opportunities than ever before for getting published, and there are still outlets that will pay for good quality articles and stories.

How to start?
  1. Choose the right course of study. You can go for a Three year general journalism degree at a top journalism school like IAAN School of Mass Communication, which will certainly open doors for you.
  2. Sometimes the best way into a staff job at a media outlet is to start as an intern, and although interns are often selected from an applicant pool filled with journalism or communications students, it’s not always the case – sometimes those with good writing skills, a passion for the job, and a positive and enthusiastic mindset will get the internship. It’s a great way to learn the ropes and build a network of industry contacts.
Sometimes you have to create your own internships….if a travel writing internship isn’t advertised, call an Editor at a publication (online or offline) that you’d like to work for and offer to be an intern.
  1. Decide the type of journalism you would like to pursue such as newspapers, magazines, television, or online — each has a different style and requires different skills.
  2. Develop a network of other writers, editors, and publishers. The best way to do this is to attend workshops and conferences where you can continue your education, learn to improve your writing, and make new professional contacts.
  3. Consider a mentoring relationship like the one offered by the IFWTWA (International Food, Wine, and Travel Writers Association) “Emerging Writers Program” – although you must already have good writing skills and some byline history, you can be paired with a professional to learn the specific ropes of travel writing.
  4. Get started! Start small, with your local paper or a local magazine – read enough back issues to see what types of stories and articles they generally published, and what they’ve not published lately – if you can provide them with something that fits, contact the editor and pitch your idea.
  5. You may get in touch with Organizations & Production houses like IAAN at New Delhi.

Thursday, 15 June 2017

Mass Communication & Journalism – The best field to move with...

Mass communication is an amalgamated study of all heads of mass media which helps students to communicate with ease. Mass communication courses include radio journalism, Television Journalism, Print Journalism, Public Relations, Advertising and Marketing. With the recent augmentation of mass communication, the latest courses also include professionalism in fields including event management, radio jockeying and filmmaking.
In India, mass media has turned out to be a wide-ranging field of study. It offers a bright and challenging career prospect to the students. The growth and advent of electronic media play a great role popularity of any medium. It provides instant fame and recognition to the reporters in comparison to the anonymous bylines of the print media.
Mass communication offers most promising careers with reputed job opportunities and handsome salaries.  Mass media is a lucrative industry which has its interference in almost every sector. Each and every industrial sector survives mainly because of its exposure through media. All major sectors including animation, aviation, hospitality, business management and fashion media have gained expansion through media only. People who desire building their career in media and communication will undoubtedly earn high revenues by becoming a part of well known newspapers, television channels, radios, publications and magazines. No matter what kind of skill you have, it will get ample exposure once you qualify mass media courses.
Indian Institute of Mass Communication, Jamia Milia Islamia University, IAAN School of Mass Communication, ISMC, Makhanlal Chaturvedi National University of Journalism’s Study centers at Delhi are amongst best mass communication college in Delhi. In order to get admitted in these colleges, candidates are required to have intermediate degree along with certain percentage of marks. Online applications are required to be filled for appearing in the entrance examinations of these colleges. Once you qualify the entrance exam, you will be allotted a seat in one of these colleges.  The online portals can give full details about the institutes to the students.
Once a student completes his journalism course from mass communication institute in Delhi, he will surely have best of job opportunities knocking at the door. The house placements conducted by the institutes include internship as part of the courses that render practical trainings to the students thereby exposing them to the working criteria of the industries. The reputed institutes have direct associations with top most media channels, newspapers and companies.

Thus it can be said that Journalism is most promising and best job apart from all others.

Sunday, 11 June 2017

एक्टर बनना है?... ख़ुद से अलग होना सीखें!

एक्टिंग का मतलब सिर्फ़ बॉलीवुड या हॉलीवुड ही नहीं होता। इसके अंदर बहुत गहराई है जिसमें डूबने के बाद, ज़िंदगी जीने का आपका नज़रिया ही बदल जाएगा। जब आप एक्टिंग सीखने लगते हैं और एक्टिंग करने लगते हैं तब समझ में आने लगता है कि एक्टिंग सिर्फ़ ग्लैमर नहीं है, सिर्फ़ चकाचौंध नहीं है, बल्कि आत्मा को आत्मिक आनन्द देने वाली कला है|

हालाँकि ये सच है कि ज़्यादातर लोग और युवा फ़िल्मों की चमक-दमक, नाम और पैसा देखकर ही एक्टिंग की ओर आकर्षित होते हैं लेकिन जो भी आप पर्दे पर देखते हैं, दरअसल वो तो एक बहुत बड़ी टीम का प्रयास है, एक प्रोडक्ट है। कहानी के संदेश को दर्शकों तक पहुँचाने वाला एक्टर भी इसी टीम का एक हिस्सा मात्र हैl

लेकिन चूँकि एक्टर का काम मानवीय संवेदनाओं से जुड़ा होता है इसलिए ये अत्यन्त दुष्कर और जटिल काम होता है क्योंकि इसमें आप अपने आप को भूलकर कुछ और बन जाते हैं, कुछ और हो जाते हैं आप वो बन जाते हैं जो आप वास्तविक ज़िंदगी में नहीं हैं अगर आप ख़ुद से अलग होना नहीं सीखेंगे तो आप दूसरे पात्र में भी नहीं ढल सकते। ये एक तरह से परकाया प्रवेश जैसा काम है, जिसमें जैसे आप किसी दूसरे शरीर में प्रवेश कर जाते हैं और फिर उसी के अनुरूप अपनी भावनाओं और संवेदनाओं को प्रकट करते हैं।

जब आप अभिनय से जुड़ जाते हैं तो फिर हर बार आप ख़ुद को ही नहीं प्रस्तुत कर सकते आपको कई अन्य तरह के किरदार भी  निभाने होते हैं, जो आप जैसे नहीं हैं इसीलिए एक्टिंग सीखते हुए आप ख़ुद से अलग होना सीखते हैं और दूसरी तरह के इंसान (पात्र/Character) बनने के लिए दूसरे इंसानों की भावनाओं को गहराई से जानने समझने लगते हैं |

आप एक से अनेक होने लगते हैं। ये आपके जीवन का विस्तार है इस प्रक्रिया में कई तरह के किरदारों से आप को वार्तालाप करना होता है दूसरे किरदारों से संवाद करते हुए और ख़ुद भी कई किरदार जीते हुए आप ख़ुद से भी वार्तालाप करना सीख जाते हैं, अपने आप से बातें करने लगते हैं, अंतरमन या अंतरआत्मा से बातें करने लगते हैं, अपने को पहचानने लगते है। रिश्ते-नाते, उनके बंधन और भावनाएं इन्हें आप समझने लगते हैं। साथ ही आपकी संवेदनाओं और भावनाओं का दायरा बढ़ने लगता है और ज़िंदगी को आप एक अलग ही नज़रिए से देखने लगते हैं।

ज़िंदगी लम्हा-दर-लम्हा नई लगती जाती है। अपने आप में एक नयापन महसूस होने लगता है। एक्टिंग आपको ज़िंदगी में भी सहज बना देती है। आत्मविश्वासी बनाती है, अच्छा इंसान बनाती है। लेकिन ये आत्मिक आनन्द उसी को प्राप्त हो सकता है जो पूरे मन से अभिनय को अपनाता है, अभिनय में डूबने लगता है और अभिनय की आत्मा को समझने लगता है। इसीलिए ओशो ने कहा- "Acting is the most spiritual profession and all spiritual persons are nothing but actors. The whole earth is their stage, and the whole of life is nothing but a drama enacted!"

Thursday, 25 May 2017


The most dreadful word that everyone comes across in their life is EXAMS and that is also something which is inescapable. Everyone has to take exams and excuses of traffic don’t work for it but do you know that you deal with exams in your daily life, quite often. It is an exam when you have to choose between a shirt of Rs. 500 and another one costing 1000 bucks. If you fail, you will bear the consequences immediately. If you buy shirt worth Rs. 500, it might be of low quality and if you buy Rs. 1000 shirt, you may encounter the same shirt of lesser amount in the next shop. Now, you may say that it is just the luck but it’s not. Our every next action is directly or indirectly connected to our previous action. If we go back and start connecting our actions we will definitely reach to our childhood, you can give it a try.
If you are sitting on a chair and reading this then definitely you have done something to reach to it. It is possible that you took an off from your classes today because you had an argument with your boyfriend in morning and you just log in to Face book to stalk your ex’s profile but you find this article. You read it and started linking your actions you took before your break up. Keep going on, you may find a full-stop to end the argument.

It’s really not difficult to pass the exams of life. Whenever you find yourself stuck, all you have to do is j ust go through your previous actions and you will find the solutions there only.

Monday, 22 May 2017

Why writing is important?

Writing is what we are, we always write what we are when we write on our free will. There may be times when we have to write within some boundaries but our ‘I’ gets into it somehow and somewhere. Why we are talking about writing and why is it important can be described in a few points laid down below:
  • Writing is the primary basis upon which your work, your learning, and your intellect will be judged—in college, in the workplace, and in the community.
  • Writing expresses who you are as a person.
  • Writing is portable and permanent. It makes your thinking visible.
  • Writing ideas down preserves them so that you can reflect upon them later.
  • Writing helps you move easily among facts, inferences, and opinions without getting confused—and without confusing your reader.
  • Writing promotes your ability to pose worthwhile questions.
  • Writing fosters your ability to explain a complex position to readers, and to yourself.
  • Writing helps others give you feedback.
  • Writing helps you refine your ideas when you give others feedback.
  • Writing requires that you anticipate your readers’ needs. Your ability to do so demonstrates your intellectual flexibility and maturity.
  • Writing out your ideas permits you to evaluate the adequacy of your argument.
  • Writing stimulates you to extend a line of thought beyond your first impressions or gut responses.  
  • Writing helps you understand how truth is established in a given discipline.
  • Writing equips you with the communication and thinking skills you need to participate effectively in democracy.

Whenever you write, write for yourself first. If you do so, you will never do injustice to writing. You may find yourself writing for your organization but never forget that you have a free spirit as well and of course the free media, social media. 

Thursday, 18 May 2017

Choose wisely your gateway to media…

As everybody knows, media is called the fourth pillar of democracy and it is not just called it actually has proved has itself the way it affects the day to day human life and behavior. You know who can carry out the big changes, obviously a big team and the potential in the team.

Nowadays two very common myths about media are taking rounds, one is that there are fewer jobs in media and the second is that media pays lesser than other industries. However, both are just myths. A power industry that is so widely spread can never be short of job opportunities. The increasing competition has surely made it difficult to grab a good job but there is no limit for the talented candidates and the candidates who are lead to right path. It is true that of you have the talent you can achieve the sky but an effective guidance is equally important. A lot of private institutes are opening daily offering media courses however while deteriorating the educational status, they are just aimed to earn more and more profit. The pump and show of the institutes opened by the builders and other professionals having no media qualifications are merely providing degrees and no education. So in order to achieve success in media, students must choose their path wisely. Here is a guide what they should look for in a media institution before taking admission.

1.     Practical Training: You cannot learn about media through books only. Practical is the essential part of media education. It allows you to be prepared for the actual professional industry. There is actually a lot of difference between what is taught at educational institutions and what students actually face in the industry. Practical training involves visits to media houses, in-house printing and production activities, organizing debates and talk shows on current issues etc.

2.     Degree/Diploma: While practical training is most important part of media education, it is also necessary to get a degree/diploma from approved government university so you can further continue with your studies and research work if at any point of time you find yourself interested for that.

3.     Experienced faculty: Don’t hesitate to enquire about faculties. People having experience in the same field can impart you the best knowledge. A house builder cannot give you the correct insight of media houses.

As a matter of your future, you need to be more diligent while selecting your path.