Internship with a national daily – Ticket to my dream job


My name is Anchal Sharma. I am a student of Media Production at WLCI College, Delhi. I would like to tell you about my first ever internship experience. Being a part of such a prestigious institute, I got an opportunity of an internship with The Pioneer, a leading English daily, while I was still pursuing the course. There I was working in the Sunday Pioneer department.

I must tell you, it was a thrilling experience, working with such a historical newspaper, and the practical experience I gained would help me in the future. Initially I was excited, curious and confused about my job role and responsibilities. However, gradually I began understanding the intricacies of the industry with each passing day. Since then, it became enjoyable and I loved the time spent at the newspaper office, learning new things each day, fully engrossed in work.

In the beginning, it was not a cakewalk but with the support of my seniors and co-workers at The Pioneer, I had started enjoying every bit of it. My reporting manager would guide me from time-to-time and explain how the editorial department of Print Media runs which helped me grow at a professional as well as a personal level.

This internship taught me a great deal about how to conduct an interview, the kind of questions to frame, how to manage cross questions by the interviewee and much more. Honestly, the experience has shaped me up and ingrained the values a media professional should possess.

As time passed by, I learnt how to create point source contacts and build a relationship with public relation agencies. These PR agencies are a key point of contact when we need to cover news stories.

The training period at Sunday Pioneer will help me build a strong base for my upcoming career. As I was trained in the professional skillsets required for an organization, the transformation from a college student to a responsible intern was a smooth journey.

Every day started with a new challenge and I thrived to find my sunshine because I kept on learning new things all the time.

The most wonderful experience was when I had a chance to interview the lead child artist Ashween Naamdaar of Naamkaran fame. Naamkaran is a new primetime daily soap, aired on Star Plus. It was an ecstatic moment when I met the protagonist of the show, Avni, a character played by actress Ashween.

At first I was nervous but after meeting and talking with this cute little girl, I felt more confident. I asked her about her role, what she loves to do, how does she manage between her studies and shoots, rapport with co-actors, inspiration behind joining television at such an early age, how much does she relate to her on-screen character, and so on. And she patiently replied to all my questions.

I must say, she is a bundle of fireworks, quick and apt at answering all the questions I asked her. I was seriously impressed by her voracious communication skills. You know what? I scripted it too!

One of the biggest moments of happiness was when this interview got published on September 11, 2016edition of the Sunday Pioneer, with my byline. I was on cloud nine, as this is my first and most special achievement in the Print industry. I will always be thankful to my college, WLCI, Delhi, teachers and mentors. They gave me the exposure that I have always wanted.

I wish to have more of such enriching events during my media production course at WLCI. I am confident that, by the time I leave college, I would have grown into a true professional who is ready to take on the world.

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