English-language newspapers in India today face a shortage of qualified, competent journalists. Many media schools have shifted focus to electronic and other digital platforms, and the graduates from these institutions are still 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 Statesman Print Journalism School aims to produce knowledgeable and resourceful English-language journalists.
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.