The world of journalism is changing rapidly - faster than you blink or even think.
People are getting their news on Twitter even before news channels manage to flash that breaking news, the line between ethical reporting and sensationalism is getting blurry and though news never sleeps, journalists need to.
So on April 21 we will get a fresh glimpse of what it’s like to be in a journalist’s shoes thanks to the movie Noor, which will tell the story of Sonakshi Sinha aka Noor’s misadventures in Mumbai.
And before the movie releases, let’s give you a glimpse of some of the quirks reporters have. Go ahead and read - because, for a change, it’s us under the lens this time.
How we work
Crime and political reporter’s weekly schedule:
Monday, Tuesday: Hounding people on the phone.
Wednesday, Thursday: Hounding people outside their secretary’s office.
Friday, Saturday: Answering threat calls.
Sunday: Sunday? What’s that? Sounds familiar though.
Would you like to know what an acid tongue is all about? Try talking to us when we’re on a deadline.
We’re half asleep and suddenly get a great idea for a feature article. Reach out to the cell phone. Open Notes. Write it down. You might not remember it tomorrow morning when you’re simultaneously sipping your coffee and getting ready so you can reach work on time.
Some of us will have 25 tabs open at the same time. There’s that trailer for the new movie. Those 3 articles that have gone viral need to be read. Another CEO has been accused of sexual assault. Taylor Swift’s new album is out. My best friend from America is on Google chat. And not to mention those two articles I was supposed to submit by last night.
You’re planning pub hopping in Khan Market because it’s Friday night? Excellent! We’re stuck in office because an A-list Bollywood actor just tweeted something nonsensical to the Prime Minister and it’s trending everywhere.
That press conference ends at 9pm. The paanwalla, who I get my cigarettes from, also closes at 9pm. Oh dear!
Why did the famous 80s comedian have to die 5 minutes before I have to leave office? May she rest in peace!
We have a new correspondent joining the team. Go to Google. Find out whatever you can about them.
Crime reporter (during a dry news day) to source: What? He wasn’t just shot in the leg? He was shot and stabbed? Brilliant!
Entertainment reporter on the phone: “Hi! We would really be interested in interviewing her since it’s the 50th anniversary of her winning the beauty pageant. What? She died last year? Oh! Ok.”
Lifestyle desk to politics desk: “Accommodate has a double ‘m’ right?”
I hated it when Muhammad Ali died on my day off. I so wanted to write that feature on him.
What’s the similarity between doctors and reporters? They both can’t read their prescriptions and notes the next day.
Perks of the job
Milind Soman said we have to conduct the interview while he’s running the marathon. I cancelled. Remember the knee problem I told you about? And, Amitabh Bachchan is out of the country so the interview had to be cancelled.
But I’m sure I can get in touch with the local paanwalla regarding whether this is his dream job or not.
And today’s miracle shall feature me attending two movie premieres both of which start at 9pm. #HoudiniLives
Do think all of the above is funny and totally ‘doable’? Do you ask a lot of questions? Does the sight of free food make you happy? I think you should become a journalist.