Natasha, who is a co-editor of the college newspaper, worked as an intern with the Afternoon for six weeks over April-May and earned her first byline with this story about the "bottle bulbs" that are lighting up the lives of the city's slum-dwellers.
When I first read the article after she had sent me the link, I wrote back:
What a FAN-TAS-TIC story, Natasha! From idea to execution to presentation, I give it 10/10.
- How did you get the idea?
- How did you go about working on it?
- What were the obstacles and how did you overcome them?
- What was the contribution of your bosses and colleagues?
When I asked Deputy News Editor Robin Shukla what I should keep in mind when I went out to cover this story, considering it was going to be my first, he gave me some good advice. He said not to be influenced by anything in the reports that I had read, and to give it my own "new" perspective, because I'm so new to the city.
Editor-in-Chief Carol Andrade had the final say, of course. I think she liked it.
- What has the feedback been — from colleagues, from readers, from those featured in the story?
- What was your reaction to seeing your story in print?
Natasha, who is a discerning and savvy photographer, too, later published another interesting feature in the Afternoon. This one concerns an unsung organisation that teaches art to slum children. Read it here: "Everyone is an artist. No conditions apply!" (The photographs that accompany this piece, as well as the article on the "bottle bulbs", were shot by Natasha.)
- Commitscions, our brand ambassadors, have done well for themselves in the media industry and they have done us proud, too. Here are just a few of the many stories written by those who have become, or will become, journalists:
2. Gutsy Commits student's story in Bangalore Mirror — an inspiration to women everywhere (Ankita Sengupta, Class of 2013)
3. "My mum has my FB password. Big deal" (Sonakshi Nandy, Class of 2014)
4. Asha Bhosle: The Eternal Indian Idol — scroll down to "An interview with Asha Bhosle in Kuwait" (Priyanka Saligram, Class of 2009)
5. Reading Made Easy — Why Just Books Libraries Work (Nilofer D'Souza, Class of 2009)
6. Jet lag is for amateurs (Ayesha Tabassum, Class of 2007)
...and, finally, a Page 1 story in yesterday's Bangalore Mirror by Tapasya Mitra Mazumder (Class of 2013), who only joined the newspaper five days ago:
You can read Tapasya's report here. Well done, all!
- ALSO READ: "The many lessons I learnt as an intern with a leading Bangalore newspaper. Plus: Professionalism, the Commits way".