Internship Experience @ CNN-IBN, Mumbai Bureau : Meet Rajdeep Sardesai, Cyrus Broacha; No Stipend

Name: By Apurva Vishwanath, VII semester, RMLNLU

Time: From July 1st to July 30th

Place: CNN-IBN, Mumbai Bureau

Well, at the onset I have to share three main rules of the ‘Internship code’

1. Try and intern for more than 3-4 weeks, We all know they take at least a couple of weeks to get acquainted with the interns. By the time work starts pouring in, you do not want to leave.

2. Do not go with preconceived notions. No matter what the previous interns say, you can always turn it around. Yes, be foolishly hopeful. It helps! (Okay, I don’t mean to say you should ignore Lawctopus reviews!)

The interns who were already there told me that I should pack my bags and go back home instead of wasting time there. I was a little disappointed then, but now I can safely say that this was my best internship experience so far!

3. Be prepared to answer the ubiquitous question: What do you want from this internship? (This could be rephrased and asked in a thousand ways but essentially requires the same reply)

I was frequently asked, “Why journalism? Aren’t you a law student?” Keep a short version of the answer handy. It helps.

How to apply: I called up the HR a thousand times, bugged them into giving me an internship. So the day I went to collect my access card, they knew me as the ‘girl who wouldn’t stop calling.’

Nitin Angane- Assistant Manager- HR, Network 18.
Ph: +912240019000

The Mumbai bureau is CNN-IBN’s largest office after their head office in Delhi. The interns have to clock a 9 hour shift. Be prepared to work till midnight or even later sometimes.

After 10 pm, they do arrange for a drop. The Network 18 office is in Lower Parel, less than a kilo meter from the local station. I stayed in a PG in Chowpatty for Rs 8,000 pm. This is the cheapest I came across in the vicinity.

Shed a tear for all the unpaid labour that interns are willing to do, even willing to travel to a new city. Worth it? Well, this one was!

This was my first fling with broadcast news, so I had a great deal of learning to do! I was the only intern who didn’t understand the jargon, set up a tripod stand or even insert a tape into an adapter.

I messed up archiving a few tapes but I learnt. A couple of producers patiently taught me the technical stuff. The last day, I successfully, ingested and uplinked many tapes on my own.

There were too many interns in the office. Most of them were called only to pick up heavy equipment, fetch tapes from the library, transcribe or assist the entertainment reporters. Thankfully, it wasn’t the case with me.

On day 2, the Bureau Chief, Smitha Nair was curious as to what a law student was doing in her office and summoned me for a quick talk. Then she suggested I work with the reporters on crime and legal affairs.

For someone who loves an overdose of news, it was fascinating to see live links happen and to meet those reporters who I virtually knew so well.

The Plus: Well, you have Cyrus Broacha in the office every week. Need I say more? I did meet some amazing people and got an insight into how the broadcast industry works. I am sure this will help me make many informed choices in future!

The Minus: I was lucky, I got some very good work. Many interns didn’t. It is frustrating to sit all day in anticipation. Apart from that, a great deal of spending for an unpaid internship. Again, was it worth it?

I met Rajdeep Sardesai and I went pub-hopping for a sting operation. You decide!

If there are any law students out there who intend to pursue journalism, I’d be happy to share other details/ answer queries, if any.

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  1. Is there any e-mail address we should send a mail too? or should we simply call that number, and how long before the internship period did you apply?

  2. surabhi kumari says:

    Even journalism bug hv beaten me too,, but as u hv interned there and u know better cn u plz tell me , will we be able to make money if we join this field??? If no!! Then isn’t it worthless after spending 10 lakhs on law we get 5 lakhs salary ?? Wts ur opinion??

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