Journalism is not a piece of cake, not if you’re in a training school and not being treated as a student but as a trainee journalist. Every media student will agree with me when I say that B.M.M is a clear waste of time and definitely not enough to know how to go about getting your stories, if you’re working with a media outlet. If you’re in a training school like me, you are in the right place. However, there are multiple things one faces in J-school.
Here are 10 things I’ve been through…
So you’re telling me that readers pick up the Times Of India or Hindustan Times and drop out Bombay Times and HT Brunch? Tell me more about how you lighten your mood and chill over a cup of tea while reading about rapes and political conquests. I won’t go as far to compare the importance of hard news to entertainment features, but let’s face it, we all love us some entertainment and that’s that.
Mind you, it doesn’t only mean gossip, it’s about movie reviews, film release updates and a lot more. So well, it is a form of journalism. Period.
You’re basically stuck between throwing your weight around as a journalist and shying away as a student, because you are neither a student nor a journalist. You are a “Trainee Journalist”. They don’t care enough to give you appointments and when you drop in without notice, they scream bloody murder and kick you out. Been there, faced that. Yes.
In my college, we have a weekly production where we produce a newspaper out of the stories done by our batch. Like a true editor, the professor will ask you to get really important quotes at the last minute and if you do, you have your story in the paper. Then with happy tears, you share it on Facebook :’)
“But, but, I have always got all my information from Wikipedia!” Uhm, NO. Seriously, we cannot even think about referring to it. Just, no.
So someone has been blatantly rude to you for no good reason. But well, they’re important if you want your story. So smile, hold back tears, and beg a little more. Didn’t work? Beg more!
Humanity kept aside, the saying “if it bleeds, it leads” is made for journalism. You’re learning to find relief in disasters because who else will get your splash if not the dead? (God bless their souls)
So it is your best friend’s birthday or your ‘monthversary’ or maybe you have a torn ligament. Too bad, because if a deadline is 10pm, it is 9.59pm. 10.01pm is too late. I’m not kidding.
From “She broke up with him” to “Bhaiya aaloo bahot mehenge de rahe ho“, we listen to everything. It’s a part of the curriculum if you want to be a journalist. Throw the manners out of the window and eavesdrop (Sorry, mom).
THIS IS MY STORY. DO NOT TRY TO DO ANYTHING LIKE IT OR I WILL PULL YOUR EYEBALLS OUT OF THEIR SOCKETS.
Remember your friends Ctrl+C and Ctrl+V? Yes well, we’re not friends anymore. Even a period cannot be copy pasted, or we will land up in the plagiarism jail forever. Can we afford that? NO.
Are you sailing in the same boat?