There are moments that change your life. There are events that change history. And then there are those things that you don’t even realize happened, that chart the course of your entire life.
Journalism for me was very similar to that. It began as something I could do easily, and well, because I was a good writer. I loved audiences and I wasn’t afraid of taking centre stage. I also knew that I loved the work that went into making the centre stage look phenomenal.
Dabbling with print journalism through my undergraduate degree highlighted, at least to me, that my favourite part of the job was talking to people. I loved it, and it made me immensely happy. I discovered so much more about myself in the process. I found the need to be informed and make informed opinions. And I found that, I enjoyed sharing the knowledge I had, and I enjoyed learning from other people.
Entering Broadcast Journalism at the Asian College of Journalism, I realized that this was exactly what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. There is a strange, inexplicable rush that comes from having 20-hour workdays and insane deadlines to meet, the pressure of a control room and the importance of rolling stories and shows out on time. I thrived on the pressure and the competitiveness the field required, and I have gotten better and better.
Like everything else, journalism is a learning process. If you want to be a journalist, the only thing I believe you need is passion. You need to love what you do, and you need to want to get those stories. You have to care about getting the story out to the people so they can hear it. It isn’t about you or about airtime, it is about connecting to the viewer and finding a way to make every story one they want to hear.
Honestly, your undergraduate degree does not matter. I know aspiring journalists with backgrounds in Chemistry, Engineering, Literature, Economics and even Commerce. Each person brings a certain knowledge to the field. This knowledge is vital and often shapes your path as journalists. Find the stories you love and you’ll find a way to tell them.