Observation by Prof. R.K. Regmee, Chair of SHSS/KCC
KCC is effortful in serving the youths of Nepal. The tool it uses in the service is higher education system and the area covers vast fields of mass Communication, Journalism, Information Technology (IT) and management. Promoting the KCC-venture would contribute to the great cause of facilitating modern Nepalis of 20s and 30s to be efficient and informed human resources capsule of competing professionally and academically in the emerging job market of 21 century. It would be a focused, definite, positive help for the mighty task of building New Nepal.
Master of Mass Communication and Journalism
SCHOOL OF HUMANITIES AND SOCIAL SCIENCES Established in 2001 as the Department of Mass Communication and Journalism, is devoted to graduate teaching and research in vivid fields of mass communication, journalism, and social sciences.
The Four-Semester MA MCJ program (two years) is an offer for students who want to earn a University degree with professional expertise and academic command in Mass Communication and Journalism. The MA MCJ program of Kantipur City College (KCC) is a timely response to the phenomenal growth of the mass media in Nepal and the need for competent, trained, professionals equipped with the latest development in information and communications technologies. The subject-based modules of the program arm the students with theoretical information, and the practical research work equips them with real professional talents.
This program is useful for both fresh graduates and working journalists. The major aims of the Program include:
• Enable students to have clarity in the media-related theoretical concepts, communication skills and practical experience necessary to pursue careers in media profession and media enterprises
• Impart knowledge through important research on the process, context and impact of mass communication, and develop appropriate research methods for the study of mass communication.
• Provide knowledge and experience essential to take academic and professional leadership in media institutions.
• Train students to apply information technology in the mass media.
• Build up skills to pursue the career as a journalist, communicator and media executive.
• Continue further education beyond Masters Degree.
KCC’s longstandng excellence in IT education gives our graduates a surplus expertise in media technology and tools. With its graduates, KCC aspire to address the ever-growing need of information society that is greatly emerging in the nation.
MA MCJ Career
The MCJ graduates are prepared to conduct basic and applied research, to critique and use research produced by others, and for advancement as a professional communicator or mass communication educator/scholar. Students, who earn the degree from KCC, are in vital positions in academia, the private sector, non-profit organizations, or international organizations.
The major practical facilities under the School of Humanities and Social Sciences include a computer lab, photography lab, and an audio-visual lab. The audio-visual lab, equipped with recording and broadcasting equipment, includes the facility of Internet connectivity. The visual lab organizes a series of TV camera workshops for practical experience.
The library provides seating space for 60 readers. It has more than 10,000 books and journals, plus video and audio CD, and other materials located in stacks.
Internship, allocated for Semester III, makes our students work in media and other organizations, and gain first-hand knowledge of workplace. Our internship requires students to maintain daily performance for four weeks, and meet regularly with their faculty advisor to discuss internship status, lessons learned, academic models addressed and other related issues.
Our student have interned recently from Image Nepal TV, Channel Nepal, Annapurna Post, RSS, Himal, nepalnews.com, Radio Nepal, Nepal TV, Kantipur TV, Sagarmatha TV and Avenues Television.
Seminar is an integral part of the MA MCJ program. It mainly seeks students’ own initiatives regarding their roles in it. They can be the primary role players while the Department of Mass Communication becomes a facilitator. With the help of seminar as a process of learning, they can build up their public communication skills.
Project work is a vital component of the MA MCJ program. Although the Purbanchal University has included it as a single credit course, it is more than or equivalent to three credits.
MA MCJ students in Semester I observe media coverage of varieties of issues and prepare a report. In doing this project work, they develop their critical and analytical perspectives on how media work. Similarly, Semester II project work equips students with skills in institutional profile writing while they focus on case study during Semester III.
The essence of project work is that students prove themselves as independent researchers, communicators and interpreters.
Media Production Course
Apart from the 71-credit University-accredited courses, KCC at its own costs offers a profession-oriented media production course equivalent to 9 credits, 3 credits in each semester, from Semester I to Semester III. In this course, students can practice media skills, applying theories.
The MA MCJ students, as they reach the Second Semester, are scheduled to visit some areas outside of the Kathmandu Valley and prepare some audiovisual material as a tour output.
Master’s thesis, at KCC, emphasizes both theoretical creativity and substantive empirical research on important media issues, including political and socio-economic issues with links to communication discipline. Our students apply pragmatic approach to overview issues and conduct independent research under faculty advisors. They are required to exhibit a high standard of expository of obtaining and presenting a satisfactory solution to a problem.
Those seriously conducting thesis work in mass communication and journalism will emerge as media critics and analysts in addition to becoming normal communication researchers.
Some theses undertaken by our students include:
MA MCJ Program Structure - 71 Credit Hours
The program is structured on four levels: foundation, core, capstone, and concentration. Completion of all the courses leads to the Masters Degree in MCJ. Students are required to complete altogether 25 courses totaling 71 credit hours (foundation courses: 18, core: 27, capstone: 6, concentration: 12, electives: 6, and 2 in summer project).
Students who have completed Bachelor’s degree level in any faculty with at least 50 percent of aggregate marks and interested in multidimensional aspects of mass communication and journalism can apply for the MA MCJ program in November of every year.
The initial process includes submitting a completed form and appearing for the proposed Entrance Test before an Oral Interview. Those able to clear the Entrance Test and the Oral Interview can be selected for the program.
However, the Department of Mass Communication and Journalism is not compelled to enroll all of those who pass the Entrance Test and the Oral Interview in case of the unavailability of seats. Decision is taken on merit basis.Scholarship
The Department of Mass Communication provides partial scholarships to working journalists as well as four candidates representing remote areas, the indigenous community, the underprivileged and the women. Besides this partial scholarship, semester toppers get waive-off of their semester fees.
MA MCJ FACULTIES
Some testimonials from ex-students
Many MA MCJ products engaged in big media houses, NGOs, InGOs and UN bodies themselves prove their worth. Basically, the MA MCJ program is useful especially for developing power of media criticism analysis research and presentation skills.
[Journalist. Media Educator—First Batch]
The MA MCJ program is very productive. It opens up door to communication knowledge and subsequent opportunities.
Yam Bahadur Dura
[Journalist/Media Educator ]
The MA MCJ program is an exemplary one at KCC. So many get engaged while they are still undergoing semester plans. You can find so many students engaged in media teaching as well as in media houses. It has provided more confidence to those who working journalists. The MA MCJ course is a success story.
The program proved very fruitful to me. It is inspiring and confidence-boosting.
Shambhu Kattel [Journalist/Media Educator]