The SRM School of Journalism & Mass Communication, Kattangulathur, has been running since February this year as a part-time Postgraduate Diploma Course in Journalism of nine months duration, at the SRM Nightingale Matriculation Higher Secondary School in West Mambalam (68, Thambiah Road), Chennai. The second batch is scheduled to commence September 2008. Classes are held from 6.30 pm to 8 pm, five days a week. The first batch students have completed the first semester exams.
The course has been designed as a postgraduate course, open to graduates from any recognised university / institution recognised by the University Grants Commission. Non-graduates showing exceptional promise will also be admitted and granted a certificate on completion of the course. The objective is to equip aspiring journalists and writers with the latest knowledge in the fields of newspaper and magazine publishing as well as other media and to impart professional skills to enable them to pursue careers as full-time or part-time journalists.
The faculty, an eminent one with long experience in journalism and communication, includes S. Muthiah, well-known journalist and author and Honorary Dean of the S.R.M. School of Journalism & Mass Communication; S.R. Madhu, senior writer-editor who has worked with The Times of India and Span; Sam Rajappa, senior journalist at The Statesman, Chennai; Vincent D’Souza, editor of Adyar Times and Mylapore Times; and myself. Prof. Venkat Pulapaka heads the S.R.M. School of Journalism & Mass Communication in Kattangalathur.
Admissions are open now for the second batch. If you are interested in pursuing journalism as a career or in gaining knowledge as a working journalist, you can call 9884133355.
One of the subjects taught in the second semester is New Media. In the first picture, ace blogger Kiruba Shankar (second from right) explains the world of blogs and Wikis to students. The second shows the front page of the newsletter SRM Nightingale Voice brought out by the students.