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Video/Radio Jockey

Summary

With the unprecedented growth in the music and television industry, careers such as Video Jockey or Radio Jockey are emerging out to be some of the trending new age careers. This is a talent based field but requires one to hone his skills to achieve perfection. VJ's (Video Jockey's) today not only host music shows, but are also seen anchoring reality shows and hosting award functions. With the growth in the radio industry and variety of channels emerging, talented Radio Jockeys are also in high demand. VJ's and RJ's require high level of creativity and spontaneity while keeping their style and swagger intact

Career Opportunities as a Video/Radio Jockey

  • Video Jockey
    VJs should have an in-depth knowledge about the latest trends in music. Along with introducing music video on Television, they also give some background information about the music being played. They bridge the gap between the audience and musician. Some of them specialize in a particular area or genre of music.
  • Radio Jockey
    A Radio Jockey (or RJ) similar to video jockeys entertains listeners through the medium of radio. Each have their own style. It is a medium where there is no face to face interaction therefore it is important for Radio jockeys to engage audience by being witty, spontaneous and creative. They usually write their own scripts. RJ's may have odd hours of duty.
  • Disc Jockey
    A Disc Jockey is someone who plays recorded song. The making of a Club Disc Jockey requires the knowledge of the mood of the intended audience, the performance setting, the preferred medium, and the development of sound manipulation.

How to Become a Video/Radio Jockey

Stream Graduation After Graduation After Post Graduation
Path 1
Clear Class XII in Any streamPursue Bachelors in Journalism/Mass Communication /BA Hons.(English/Mass Communication) for 3 yearsPursue Diploma in Radio Jockey -
Path 2
Clear Class XII in Any streamPursue Diploma or Certification in Radio/Video Jockeying / Anchoring Training/Radio Management for 1-2 years--

Important Facts

  • Video Jockeying/Radio Jockeying isn't a degree specific course.
  • A Bachelor's Degree Holder (especially in Mass Communication or Journalism) is considered good enough to work as VJ/RJ.
    People who wish to get into the field of RJ/VJ, right after schooling can go for a short term/diploma course to hone their skills and work as a VJ/RJ.
  • For short term courses in VJ, a minimum qualification is 10th standard Clear diction, pronunciation, flare and fluency in the language, pleasing personality, good sense of Humor, creative bent of mind and spontaneity are desired.

Leading Institutes

Top Video/Radio Jockey Institutes in India
College Location Website
Radio City School of Broadcasting Mumbai www.planetradiocity.com/radiocity-school-of-broadcasting
IIMC, Delhi New Delhi www.iimc.nic.in/content/46_1_RadioandTVJournalism.aspx
Apeejay Institute of Mass communication Dwarka, New Delhi www.apeejay.edu/aimc/courses
Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan Delhi www.film-tvstudies.com/Radio_TV_Journalism.html
CRAFT film school Delhi www.log2craft.org
Top Video/Radio Jockey Institutes in the World
Institution Location Website
London Academy of Media United Kingdom www.media-courses.com/Course/television-presenter-courses
City Varsity School of Media and Creative Arts - Cape Town Cape town www.cityvarsity.co.za/short-courses.php?kid=0000000079
Saint Peter's University United States www.saintpeters.edu

Important Entrance Exams

Postgraduate
Institution Tentative Date Important Elements Website
Radio City School of Broadcasting July The Entrance exam consist of 3 Levels:
  • Written + GD
  • Extempore
  • Personal Interview
www.radiocity.in/radiocity-school-of-broadcasting/s *Need to be a Graduate or pursing graduation
IIMC May Written test, Followed by Group Discussion and Personal Interview
  • General Awareness
  • Aptitude & mental make-up
  • Language capability
  • Analytical & Comprehension skills
  • Quantification skills.
www.iimc.nic.in/content/29_1_PostGraduateDiplomaCourses.aspx
Apeejay Institute of Mass communication June Objective & Subjective questions comprising:
  • General Awareness, General Knowledge and
  • Current Affairs
  • Questions related to the field of chosen course.
And Interview
www.apeejay.edu/aimc/download-application-form
Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan May - June
  • Written test on
  • Film Appreciation
  • Visual Reading
  • GK
  • Audition Test/ Screen Test (Extempore) - Read the news script
www.film-tvstudies.com/Admission_Procedure.html

Work Description

  • Engage in one/two sided conversation with people
  • Present latest music and related information via radio or video
  • Indulge in making important announcements or in anchoring various shows
  • Organise the content through writing of the scripts
  • Be talkative, lively, fluent, tactful and captivating to the audience
  • Operate different software programmes and equipments
  • Work on feedback given by seniors and the audience

Pros & Cons of a Career as a Video/Radio Jockey

Pros
  • Able to create positive impact on masses
  • Ample amount of opportunities lies ahead of you. It can be your stepping stone to fame.
Cons
  • Highly competitive field
  • Hectic Schedule is followed
  • Initial salary is less
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