Dear students: here’s wishing you the very worst

On her blog, CNN-IBN anchor Suhasini Haider, who says she encountered seven rejections before her first job, lists five wishes for students of journalism marching out into the profession with blazing bylines in their eyes:

My dear graduates

I am going to hope for you that each of you gets rejected for a job in exactly the same way because if you don’t understand what your passion is, it helps to have an interviewer that does. Because in the profession you have chosen, there will be many reasons to quit, and only one reason to stay – and that is the passion to tell a story.

1. I wish for you a really mean boss , one who makes you cry. Let’s be honest. This is a tough business, one where you have to push and bully your way to a story, you need to develop a thick skin early on.

2. I wish for you many, many days spent in the heat. So much of our job requires you to stand on someone else’s footpath, waiting for the person who lives inside to come out or go in, it’s a great thing to get used to.

3. I wish for you many unwell colleagues. That does sound horrid, but honestly, it’s how I got most of my early breaks. You get sent on an assignment only because someone else is indisposed.

4. I wish for you assignments in places where telephones and computers don’t work, because the joy of heading out to a remote area, where you work on one story for 3 days without having to report back, no hour-on-hour deadline pressure is something you must do.

5. I wish for you interviews with many eccentric quirky people… because those are the ones who will give you the story.

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  1. Ravi

    After working in the UN and CNN, she gets rejected by media outlets in India!! Either she was extremely unlucky or it speaks volumes about the state of Indian media…

  2. Sound advice for which the editors and reporters have no patience.

  3. alamelu

    she does not wish for them a mentor/editor, who will force them to read, to learn about and understand the things they report on ?

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