Name: Apurva Vishwanath
VII semester, Dr. Ram Manohar Lohiya National Law University.
Most of you know how big a deal it is to have two back-to-back internships, worthy of your time, energy.
Time: From May 1st- June 30th 2013
Place: The Economic Times, Bangalore.
The ET Bureau in Bangalore occupies a modest corner of the TOI office. The second floor houses ET and their ‘rival’ TOI Business. Mostly, it is the Technology team and the New Business/Startup teams that operate from Bangalore.
Application: I got in through a contact though there were other interns who got in otherwise. They emailed their resume to the editor and he called them back! Yeah, that’s how awesome he is!
Email at: [email protected]
Timings: The timings were very relaxed. For interns, it was mostly a 11 AM to 6 PM schedule but when your story is listed or if there is breaking news, you might have to stay back.
Of course, for journalists, being in the office is depressing. Though it was Mon-Fri working week, I worked from home on weekends too. That’s how the job is!
The office is right in front of the MG road Metro Boulevard.
There are a number of PGs in Bangalore which will fit any budget. MG road, Koramangala- one can find PG’s for 3-7 thousand which also provide meals.
My first impression was that business news would be boring and I went in with the stereotype I had in mind about TOI. I was wrong. It took me a week to understand how the newspaper works and once I was familiar with the reporters, I had adequate work.
In the week-ahead meetings, one could pitch in new ideas or choose to assist a reporter with a story that one finds interesting. One of my ideas did end up as a headline on the front page. They refer to you as ‘colleagues’ and are willing to teach.
I did legal research for stories in the beginning and later contributed to stories in general.
The work environment was fantastic. Reporters, editors dropped by my desk just to say ‘Hi’ and I had quite a few mentoring sessions over lunch. Most importantly, your work was appreciated.
The South Editor stopped by my desk and told me he read my Page 1 story! Oh yes, you get credit for your work. I’ve know a number of friends who interned with newspapers but never got a single byline.
The Plus: The work atmosphere, the fact that they didn’t have too many interns and getting due credit for your work.
Did I miss the location? Add that too. With HRC, Jimi’s, Peco’s, Plan B, Koshy’s in the vicinity, you can’t help but end up at one of those places after work.
The office has a decent canteen if you want something easy on the pocket.
The Minus: The usual- No stipend.
The internship was an eye opener in many ways.
Basically, it was like testing the waters before diving straight into journalism. The last day was more or less, a career guidance seminar.
When the National Editor, Rahul Joshi visited, he apparently commented that the interns seemed more comfortable than any other employees. That pretty much sums up the experience.
I suppose, I found the waters warm enough to dive in!
PS- Lawctopus was once covered on Economic Times here. (Thank you Apurva).