There are few statements and questions which a journalism student faces almost on a daily basis. These statements mainly come from neighbors, social gatherings and so on. Here are some of those statements and following are the answers that is, I suppose, is enough to shut up the judgmental mouths.
Why journalism? There were so many better options?
When was the last time you asked a doctor, why did he choose being a Doctor over anything else, or an Engineer been asked a similar question?
This is a profession I have selected which I think suits me perfectly, and it’s my ambition. To the irritating next door aunt who is way too proud to possess a Government employee as her ward, I am studying journalism because this is what interests me the most and I don’t ask you the reason for cooking grilled potatoes for lunch. There were so many other options you know.
Studying journalism? You must be a glamour chaser.
Journalism has got a lot to do over chasing glamour. Covering a disaster, a political goon-fight, or something bigger, has nothing to follow glamour. Even some of us, who plan to join entertainment journalism are not only glamour-oriented. We are not the honey bee buzzing around the star candies. Yes, we tend to keep ourselves presentable under any scenario. That’s the attitude we carry. Get it right.
Studying journalism means you would get into smoking cigarettes and turn into a vociferous and a slanderous character.
Firstly, we are on a mission to act as the mirrors of the society, not shake hands with Cancer. Smoking is not synonymous with becoming a journalist. Secondly, if speaking wittily and becoming opinionated considers being vociferous and slanderous, then, oh yes! We are glad to be so.
What do you want to do by becoming a journalist? Wearing loose attires and carrying a jhola?
Journalism is no uniform game. We are going to be journalists, not priests as described. The attire you are talking of is a hippy attire and that is completely an individual choice. You do not need to wear that to be a journalist, or vice versa. Imagine Arnab Goswami in the attire you described. Breaking News! He’s a journalist too.
Journalists are information manipulators. They forge the information according to their profits, disparaging their profession.
Who told you that? The stereotyped movies? We care a lot about our audience as of our profession. We are here to cater the demands of the audience, overlooking our profits. Mirrors can’t forge, they reflect. So do we.
But, why journalism? That is the least paid media job.
We love the profession we have chosen. End of the day, the job satisfaction matters, not the monetary amount retrieved.
I penned down these statements as I have faced these myself, and the answers are from behalf of all journalism students. As I mentioned previously, journalism students are opinionated. We welcome criticism and your opinions too.
# The featured picture is of Rani Mukherji, who played the role of a journalist in No One Killed Jessica.(Source: Movie screenshot)