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a printed crude and half story is better than a polished and complete unpublished one;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


Vipra Jain said...

Again a wonderful post :)

That is how a journalist work...

Its tough, still interesting :)

Anonymous said...

It is not a poem but biography and review of journalist and his career

Uday Prakash said...

I had read this poem a couple of years ago..and had liked it. You'd have given the name of the poet...
Wishing bests

Neelesh K. Jain said...

Dear Uday Prakash ji

Thanks for your comment.

I penned this just last week and thanks you for giving this information that some has written like this. It happens,when ever we write from our very own and real experiences it sounds like that it has happened ... it is basically literary deja vu.

Aapka Neelesh

Vaanbhatt said...

news aur bread jaldi stale ho jaatin hain...isliye inka taza parosa jana zaruri par bh competition hai...pahale kaun...bahut achchhe se ukeri hai vyatha...patrakar ki...

Apanatva said...

bahut dino baad aaj mail dekh rahee hoo..... bete sorry aapkee mail bhee aaj hee dekhee .kaise ho?
script kaisee chal rahee hai....
All the best .

chutkee fir naye project ko le busy hai...
Prakash jha jee keeproduction me hee hai .....
Aarakshan deksee thee ?