The International Media Institute of India (IMII) was conceived by leading Indian editors and senior journalists who not only experienced difficulty in finding skilled and knowledgeable journalists to hire but also wanted to do something to arrest the qualitative decline in the profession and make it answerable to public good.
Training and orientation of journalists has not kept pace with the boom in the media industry in India and many developing countries. In today's fast-paced life, it has become even more important for media organizations to increasingly rely on professional competence and ethical discipline. The IMII was conceived to inculcate exactly these qualities.
It was given shape by the Society for Policy Studies (SPS), a non-profit Indian think tank that promotes research and debate on contemporary issues among journalists and other stakeholders.
The goal of the Institute is to provide the next generation of journalists with the skills needed to succeed in the converging media world. The eleven-month course whose first course began in July 2010, will teach reporting, writing, audio and video skills necessary to produce news for print, audio, video and new media platforms in a fast-changing and technology-driven world. Students will be educated in professional and ethical issues and trained to uphold the highest standards of journalism by exposure to leading lights of the industry and experts from other allied fields and news-making areas through special classes and internships.
Students will learn to use India's pathbreaking Right to Information Act for obtaining information from government bodies and write investigative reports. They will be taken to rural areas and taught harnessing of new media to disseminate news.
Students will work on Internet-enabled laptops given by IMII. At the end of the course, they will receive a Post Graduate Diploma in Journalism and will be fully qualified to work on multi-media platforms in any media organisation.