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Course Details Term-Wise

First Term

The first-term curriculum is geared towards introducing students to the fundamentals of business journalism. To this end, they learn the basics of reporting and writing, as well as how to use data effectively in their stories.

While assignments that require them to step outside the classrooms will give students a taste of reporting, editing lessons and feedback from our professional trainers will help to fine-tune their writing skills.

With the lines between various journalism streams blurring, it’s important for journalists to have the ability to tell a story across platforms and mediums. The integrated journalism lessons and workshops do just that. Through some state-of-the-art tools and applications, students learn the fundamentals of online and broadcast news, and how modern storytelling techniques can enhance the reader experience.

During the term, all students will have to attend a series of lectures offered by senior journalists, renowned scholars and entrepreneurs on various key issues impacting the business sector in the country. This course will expose students to different points of view, broaden their perspective, and equip them with the knowledge to grasp the workings of business and economy better.

Students will take a module on the principles of economics, which will introduce them to the fundamentals of economic analysis. The course will deal with both micro and macro-economic concepts that will help them understand the economy

There are four required courses in the first term: Reporting, Writing and Editing; Key Issues in Business Journalism; Principles of Economics; and Integrated Journalism.

Second Term

In the second term, students will handle more complex reporting assignments, while enhancing their skills in writing crisp, clear copy . They also learn how to build sources, develop interviewing skills, and spot a good story idea.

Using the right data to buttress points made in a story is critical for the business journalist. The lectures on quantitative methods will help students understand the nuances of statistics and data visualisation as also the pitfalls of using the wrong data sets. Students learn about various statistical tools and how best to incorporate them into their stories and graphics.

Students are also trained to understand how technology and law are interconnected in the modern financial world and the effect they have on each other. The ‘technology and law’ module focuses on the emerging trends in intellectual property rights; the start-up technology ecosystem; and the important provisions of intellectual property law, among other things

Another module, on understanding companies, will offer students a closer look at firms, their classification and how they are set up. Students will also be exposed to such concepts as the nature of a limited liability company and its historical evolution into the dominant form of business organisation. Besides explaining governance issues, the course will deal with the major components of the Indian corporate sector, ownership structures and the sources of funds.

During the term, students are introduced to the major beats in the world of financial journalism. Top journalists from across the country train them how to cover various beats like Startups, Banking, Aviation, Technology and Retail.

Trainers from Bloomberg will instruct students on company earnings, and mergers and acquisitions, besides mining company statements, for information. Students learn interviewing techniques, and how to beat the competition by spotting news first — an important factor in business journalism.

Students also get an opportunity to report live from conferences and press meets.

They will continue to attend classes in “integrated journalism” and “ newsgathering and storytelling” during this term. Journalists from leading business dailies train students on writing long-form stories.

Third Term

In the third term, students will continue to attend classes on integrated journalism, and reporting, writing and editing. Students continue with their Bloomberg classes as well as training from journalists from leading financial dailies.

During the term, students are given an introduction to the recent history of international trade, balance of payments adjustment and capital flows through the “Global Trade and Finance” module.  Among other things, the module discusses the evolution of trade and finance flows; the important international institutions and major processes in the international economy.

Students also learn how to cover the effects of innovation on business. The “Economic of Innovation” course helps students gain a greater appreciation of how innovation happens in the real world today.

The financial markets module will touch upon the evolution of Indian finance and the nature of stocks, bonds and currencies, and give insights into the regulatory structures prevalent in the country.

The students will have to submit a major piece of work—the Year-End Project—during this term.