One of the strengths of the Asian College of Journalism is the flexibility in updating curriculum periodically in response to the swift changes in the media industry and practice. Over the years, the college has made changes in the curricula of the Print, New Media and Broadcast, to make the course Future Ready. As an academic institution, ACJ has been ahead of the industry in predicting future needs and incorporating required changes in the curriculum.
ACJ has remodelled its course so that students are able to function not only in different media organizations, but also in Integrated newsrooms so as to make Convergence work.
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 application, students choose:
(a) the ‘stream’ of specialisation – Print, New Media or Broadcast
(b) the accompanying ‘integration’ course - Print, New Media or Broadcast
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 would opt for Print or Broadcast as the accompanying integration course, and so on.
The core skills of different media and platforms are taught intensively so that students can deliver multi-media content for multiple platforms. The emphasis would be on new formats of storytelling, innovative news narrative structures, optimizing content for web and mobile platforms, and, more importantly, the evolving workflows for integrated newsrooms.
At the end of the third term, students would be doing a Capstone project in their Integration Course (ie., the second stream of specialisation). The output would be:
- Print: Multi-colour Broadsheet (with news stories, feature stories and opinion/analysis/op-ed articles)
- New Media: Full-fledged news website wherein content is enhanced and optimized using multimedia, immersive, 360 degree, Virtual Reality elements.
- Broadcast: Production of real-time composite TV/Podcast shows comprising various segments, including news bulletins, current affairs productions, and video/audio features.