Ms Priyakala Manoharan (SAF Scholar from Sri Lanka)
Pursuing journalism occurred to me accidentally as it was not even in my distant thought. When I took it, I realised my tryst with journalism.
A philanthropist, late Madanjeet Singh offered me a life changing experience which I would not have got without his sponsorship. Thanks to his generosity and benevolence.
I have through this professional diploma course learnt the nuances of journalistic writing to get the right message across. Constant writing has helped me hone the art of writing. Communicating with people from different strata of society for reporting assignments has helped me overcome my diffidence. Now, I am able to develop rapport with strangers with ease and have developed the knack of interrogating troubled or victimised interviewees without the interviewees realising that they are being probed.
The most interesting part of the diploma course is our covering deprived areas covered with a wide range of issues in segregated places. This experience was different to reporting in the hustle and bustle of our metros.
Being a student of the New Media Stream, I possess the ability of handling the pen and multimedia tools with equalfineness. The global projects in association with other universities made me understand the true value of journalistic convergence. Sound advice and motivation given by the teachers and their helping nature at any point of time have helped me enhance my zeal in journalism.
The structure of the diploma course did not provide an environment to sense and strengthen regional cooperation as our concentration was mostly directed to acquire journalistic skills.
However, being budding journalists, we can be on the driver seat to connect the lesser connected region- South Asia.
Encouraging cooperation among media professionals will improve mutual understanding and stability in this region. This is because media, the bigwig in society, which can mould the way people think, opine and take sides, has a greater say in the process of regional cooperation.
The popularity of our teachers and the expanse of their knowledge have taught me the value of hard work and dedication to become a successful journalist.