Newspaper Columnist

Minimum Preferably Bachelor?s degree in English, journalism or mass communications

Preferably formal hands-on training or a background in reporting

The tasks a Columnist is expected to perform include:

Reviewing events, developments, etc. of public interest

Writing or editing copy for a regular column in a newspaper

Delivering a unique and interesting column in order to keep readers hooked

Researching and investigating local, national, and international events

Ability to work within strict deadlines

Proficient in researching recent events within chosen specialty

Familiar with interviewing people of interest pertaining to their article

Proficiency in performing fact-checking

Well-versed with composing article that is enjoyable and complies with journalism ethics and laws

Familiar with composing articles which are captivating and appealing to a large group of people

Ability to conduct taped or filmed interviews or narratives

Proficient in transmitting news stories or reporting information from remote locations, using equipment such as satellite phones, telephones, fax machines or modems

Familiar with editing videos for broadcast

Will be updated

Strong interviewing skills

Good analytical

Writing skills

Adept typist and communicator


Organized and resilient

Critical thinker

Socially perceptive

Time management

It is not a desk job

Need not handle a team

Local travelling is a part of this job role

Part-time work and contractual jobs maybe available

Work from home option is available

Working hours

Publishing, Media and Entertainment companies usually work for 5/6 days a week and 8/9 hours everyday. This may vary from company to company

Shift system maybe available

Being self-employed is also an option. In this case, the working hours and days will be flexible

Is the job suitable for a candidate with special needs?Maybe

This job is not listed as hazardous or dangerous under The Factories Act 1948 (section 87)

One may develop occupational hazards like body ache, joint pain, fatigue, stress, etc.

For candidates with up to 2 yearsexperience - to per month

For candidates with 2 to 5 yearsexperience to per month

For candidates with over 5 yearsexperience to per month

(These figures are indicative and subject to change)

Overview of Film and Television Sector in India

The Media and Entertainment industry is one of the fastest growing sectors in the country. The television segment in India accounts for over 40% of the revenues. It also contributes to above 35% of the revenues to the Indian advertising industry. The film industry, on the other hand, has seen a tremendous growth and has become a brand name in the recent years. This has helped it to enter the international market.

The current employment across Media & Entertainment sector is estimated to be over 1 million persons (in terms of direct employment only). The Private Final Consumption Expenditure (PFCE) on Entertainment is expected to grow at a CAGR of 13% to 14% between 2008 and 2022.

Scope in Journalism

In today?s era of communication and technology, people want to be aware of what is happening in the world, and it is the role of the mass media to spread this information. Newspapers, radio, television and more recently, the Internet are various means of spreading information and journalists/columnist have a very significant role to play in this practice. Politics, economics, art, culture, history, business, sports, entertainment and many other areas are covered by journalists/columnists. If you are talented and hard-working, a career in journalism will endow you with a good salary and perhaps even fame. With the growing importance of the media today, the opportunities in this field are numerous. The job of a Columnist is very demanding and exhilarating at the same time, and has good job prospects.

Media and entertainment companies, colleges and institutes across India

Publishing houses, newspapers or magazines


Cities across India

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Degree institutes in English, Journalism or Mass Communications all across India

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