Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Once Upon A Time I Was A Journalist

…Once Upon A Time I Was A Journalist
My days as a Journalist, taught me a lot, like:
You are in no-excuse business;
'worst conditions clause' never applies here;
here weather is meaningless;
learn to swim, skiing and if you can fly, it is far better;
nothing stale faster than news, so serve it fresh;
you have only 8 hours to make it or break it;
count your time as your breath...long pauses are not allowed;
don't try to write a perfect story all through the night, even 'Stop Press' has the time line;
a printed crude and half story is better than a polished and complete unpublished one;
we can not write an epic in a day, but its chapters;
even when you carry a story for long it must be as refreshing as day one, so be creative always;
it is a great lesson to learn how to draft quickly and craft nicely;
you cannot hold your breath forever so come out, be fearless and a little more brave;
you won't find any other job with such diversity and sense of responsibility;
you will learn to treat even the tiniest issue or matter seriously;
if you place a wrong photograph just by seeing its dimensions, it actually means 'two';
you can see the sweet result of your efforts the very next morning; it inspires
you become an editor when you learn to convert news into views;
insight is always better than facts; so better be conceptual than factual;
if you cannot make HISTORY, at least you can write it;
we cannot leave our pages blank, and life too, so try to fill it fast;
if you cannot find a news, create it;
if you seed a news then you have to feed it too;
politically you should be non-aligned but practically you have to be pro-government;
if a published news earns you a friend, it means a foe too;
our job is to fill the space left blank by the advertisement department;
facing different situations daily enriches you to face this life and world too;
you will learn to control your emotions and sentiments and even your tears & smiles;
you will be more pragmatic;
you will learn to use correct words at correct places;
your grammar of life will be more accurate than your language;
your understanding of complex situations and power of comprehension will give you an extra edge in every walk of life as a common person or as the President of a company or a country;
if you cannot compromise, better fix an appointment with some good placement consultant and find a better job and excel there;
some day you will realize that my days in journalism made it possible to get me here;
then will come a day when people will write about you and you will get yourself published, not as a news reporter but as a news
then you will write a note of ‘THANKS’ like this.
- Neelesh Jain
Presently : Sr. Creative in an International Advertising Agency at Mumbai