The fascination with journalists and journalism is something here to stay even if the field is under tremendous pressure from within and without. Keeping in mind the absolute essential of ethics and ethical journalism in the print and broadcast outlets, the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication shapes students with the zest to be journalists of tomorrow.
Exposure to Print, Visual, PR and New Media is given importance under the guidance of highly qualified and experienced faculty. Regular lectures by experts in the industry combined with regular seminars and workshops along with periodic visits to various media houses makes it obvious why SRM is the one place all future journalists head to.
The Department offers a Three Year Bachelors Degree Programme and a Two Year Master's Programme. Students are given a blend of theory and practice with hands on training in media skills to give them an international perspective and exposure to newer and higher learning standards. A weekly lab newspaper is published by B.A. students from the 3rd semester onward. Social sciences including English, History, Economics, Constitution and Environment form a part of the curriculum providing a strong knowledge in the fundamentals.
The end of each academic year sees students working at reputed media houses as a part of their internship program.
The school's first major international initiative was completed when 20 mid - career Tamil journalists from Sri Lanka were re - trained for 6 months in 2007, helping them acquire new media skills. The government approved program was backed by the Sri Lankan Press Institute and funded by the International Media Support of Denmark. For the first time in the FSH in 2010 four students from the Department were a part of a Student Abroad Program for a semester at the Department of Communication of the College of Liberal Arts, University of Central Oklahoma, Edmond, Oklahoma, USA.
In 2009 the Department organized a one day seminar on Development Communication: Practices and Dilemmas, a program that saw the participation of leading scholars from all over India as also interested students from around Chennai. In 2011 the Department organized a two day International Symposium on The Changing Face of Media in the Era of Globalisation and Information Technology. Scholars from the United States, Britain and Singapore joined their Indian counterparts to assess and debate the changes that challenge the industry and profession. Also in February 2011 the Department invited Dr. Marsha Woodbury, a Professor of Communication from the University of Illinois to give a special lecture on Ethics and Media. Dr. Woodbury was in India on a Fulbright - Nehru Award.
In 2010 and 2011, three students from the department were nominated and selected to prestigious short term fellowships in Japan and the United States. Two travelled to Japan under the aegis of the Japan East Asia Network for Exchange of Students and Youths programme (JENESYS) in association with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and one participated in a six week programme at the University of Oklahoma's School of Journalism in New Media as a part of the Student Leaders Institute, a program sponsored by the U.S. Department of State.
The Department also brings out the University Newspaper Spectrum, a publication that sees students of Journalism, actively engaging themselves in reporting almost from their first semester. Student reporters are also drawn from other disciplines, notably from the Faculty of Engineering and Technology. One of the high notes of the publication were that the Special Editions of the paper came out on a daily basis at the time of the 98th Indian Science Congress hosted by SRM University between January 3rd and 7th, 2011, an event that was inaugurated by the Prime Minister of India, Dr. Manmohan Singh.