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Applications are invited for the thirteenth batch of students for Post-Graduate Diploma course in English print journalism at the Statesman Print Journalism School. The prospectus/application form may be downloaded from the ‘Download Application Form’ section available at the drop-down menu under ‘Course’ page on this site. Completed application forms should be submitted along with a Demand Draft of Rs 1,500.00 in favour of ‘C R IRANI FOUNDATION’, payable at Kolkata. Last date for receiving completed application is 15 June 2020. The course will begin mid-August 2020.
ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA : Applicants must be graduates (in any discipline), not more than 25 years old, and possess sound English language skills.
Those awaiting their undergraduate results may also apply.
Applicants will be required to take a written test, to be conducted in Kolkata, Delhi and Siliguri on Sunday, 28 June 2020, followed by an interview and final selection by First week of July 2020
The Statesman Print Journalism School is run by the C R Irani Foundation, a not-for-profit body set up in memory of late Cushrow Russi Irani. The SPJS has been set up as a school that (a) trains youngsters to be competent, well-informed, liberal-minded journalists with an abiding faith in India’s democratic institutions and the rule of law, and an abhorrence for tyranny, injustice and corruption; (b) aims for the highest standards of professional competence, so that its graduates emerge as ethical, fair and well-rounded journalists; (c) prepares its students for the realities of the world and the environment they must function in, training them to recognise both the good and the bad that they will see around them, and above all, (d) creates journalists who will be exceptional citizens, and who will strive to make their world a better place.
The SPJS offers a unique placement-cum-reward facility to the best of its students. The top three students from each batch are guaranteed positions on regular scales at The Statesman. Additionally, but subject to vacancies, other graduating students will be considered for positions in The Statesman. Specialised placement assistance will also be offered.
SPJS alumni have been employed by The Statesman and other reputed publications/organisations including Pioneer, the Press Trust of India, The Times of India, Deccan Chronicle, Deccan Herald, The Hindu, The Telegraph, Moneywise Media, HSBC, SBI, Thompson Digital, Force magazine and Cenveo Publisher Services.
The SPJS has a distinguished faculty headed by Mr Subrata Nag Choudhury, a veteran journalist. The SPJS is supported by the Konrad Adenauer Foundation of Germany.
The twelfth batch of students graduating in May 2020 is likely to be similarly placed.
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- IMPORTANT DATES
Application process starts in March 2020
Last date for receiving applications: 15 June 2020
Entrance Test: 28 June 2020
Interview and final selection: First week of July 2020
Classes begin: Mid-August 2020
Why SPJS ?
English-language newspapers in India today face a shortage of qualified, competent journalists. Many media schools have shifted focus to television, and produce graduates who are confused about the choice of medium. The problem is compounded in West Bengal, where many of the youngsters now ready to join the profession entered school at a time when English was taught Class 5 onwards...
The SPJS has been set up as a journalism school that :
(a) Trains youngsters to be competent, well-informed, liberal-minded journalists with an abiding faith in India’s democratic institutions and the rule of law, and an abhorrence for tyranny, injustice and corruption;
(b) Aims for the highest standards of professional competence, so that its graduates emerge as ethical, fair and well-rounded journalists;
The SPJS is headed by Mr Subrata Nag Choudhury, a distinguished senior journalist. He had begun his journalistic career with The Statesman in 1979, and worked at a stretch for 15 years to become a special representative and later the chief reporter for the paper. So, when he joined The Statesman Print Journalism School in September 2017, it was getting back to his roots.
The SPJS offers a unique placement-cum-reward facility to the best of its students. At least five students from each batch are offered positions on regular scales at The Statesman. In addition, the first three students will be refunded 1/3 rd of the tuition fee paid by them upon completion of each year of service. In effect, those three students can expect a full fee refund from The Statesman by the time they have worked for three years. Additionally, but subject to vacancies,...
What Alumni Say
I am very grateful to each and every one of my teachers and would like to extend a special thanks to our dearest Sam Sir (Sam Rajappa), our mentor and guide who regaled us with intriguing stories from his reporting days, teaching us many valuable lessons along the way. I am extremely grateful to have been given a chance to be a part of this wonderful institution and extend the same good wishes to all future students of SPJS.
And, the most important part was the job that I was offered after completion of the course, without having to go about desperately knocking doors of employers ~ that is something for which I will always remain grateful to the institution.
But it wasn't all work as we were taken to many places in and outside Kolkata - whether to document the place through photography, or understand the place's ecosystem. These visits greatly added to what was a thoroughly enjoyable and instructive few months.