An Evaluation of Journalism Training: Social and Professional Utility
The report of the First Press Commission has recommended that minimum wage for journalists should be based on minimum eligibility criteria for entering the profession. Though the Commission was of the view that preference should be given to those holding a degree or diploma in journalism, it should not restrict others from entering the profession.1
The Second Press Commission (1982), too, stressed the need for special training as criteria for entering the profession as in the case of a lawyer or a medical practitioner. “Training in journalism should be encouraged but it should not be made mandatory to require license”.2 What the first and second Press Commissions had suggested, albeit cautiously, has now turned into the minimum eligibility to be a journalist or work with any media organization. With the availability of a good number of degree or diploma holders in journalism, it is important to know if the profession has really gained something worthwhile and if the journalists trained at various institutions are really enjoying the profession.