The ACJ programme seeks to combine the ‘how to’ aspect of journalism with a critical and reflective ‘why’ perspective which enables the young journalist to keep up with the demands made by a dynamic work environment and a changing society. English is the medium of instruction at the ACJ and all assignments are to be submitted in English.
The ACJ follows the advanced teaching methods developed in the best journalism education programmes in the world, adapting these methods to specifically Asian conditions and introducing significant innovations. It combines a rigorous academic curriculum with intensive practical training, endeavouring to strike a balance between education (i.e., acquisition of knowledge) and training (i.e., the imparting of professional skills).
The ACJ’s programme of postgraduate education in journalism is spread over three trimesters: from July to the following April end. It is designed to introduce talented students with a first degree and no prior experience in journalism to the various branches of the media and help them acquire the knowledge, skills, and discernment necessary for ready employment in the profession.
To this end, the strongest emphasis is placed on practical journalism. First, through lectures and workshops, students are instructed in the tools and techniques of the journalist. Then they apply what they have learned in the classroom by undertaking reporting and production assignments.
(a) the ‘stream’ of specialisation – Print, New Media or Broadcast
(b) the accompanying ‘integration’ course - Print, New Media or Broadcast
The ACJ curriculum has been modified and updated to make it multi-media and multi-platform in keeping with the requirements of the rapidly evolving integrated new-age journalism. At the time of admission, students choose
A student choosing, for example, Print as the stream of specialisation can choose between New Media and Broadcast as the integration course. A student with New Media as specialisation can opt for Print or Broadcast as the accompanying integration course, and so on.
While emphasising practical work, the College does not neglect the wider educational needs of the future journalists. Through a series of required lectures, seminars and workshops, as well as elective courses, students are exposed to the challenge of serious, quality journalism, to the history and problems of the media, and to many key issues confronting not only India but also the world.
The ACJ has a demanding academic programme. Classes begin early in the morning and continue late into the evening. Assignments are given on a regular basis and must be completed to meet strict deadlines. Students are required to do reading and research outside of class hours.