Internship Experience @ The Hindu, Mumbai: Legal Newspaper Writing, Engaging Work and Environment

Name, College and Year

Ritwik Tyagi, Maharashtra National Law University, Nagpur, 1st year

Organisation and Address

The Hindu, Churchgate, Mumbai [near Marine Drive]

Duration of internship

4 weeks

How you applied?

Emailed the resident editor of Mumbai.

First day formalities/impression/infrastructure

Well, the first day was all about getting familiar with the workplace and how a newspaper set-up functions. I met with the editors, who took a brief interview and asked what sort of work I wished to do there. As per my wishes, I was acquainted with the legal correspondent. You can work on anything you want, it’s up to you.

The office is really comfortable and cosy. There is a canteen where you can get lunch, snacks, dinner etc which is quite helpful since newspapers work long into the night. Be prepared for long working hours.

Main tasks

On my very second day, I was asked to attend the CSMT bridge collapse hearing at the Magistrate court and then write a story about it [which was published the next day].

Mainly I had to look up judgements of Bombay High Court/Sessions Court/Consumer Court etc., and write stories on them.

Also, I used to go to the Court to find interesting cases and talk to the advocates etc. Quite engaging work.

Good things

I learnt how to get through judgements quickly and to summarise them in the form of a story. The people there really helped me edit my work and improve my writing.

Bad things

Since I joined in May, the High Court and many other courts were on vacation, so couldn’t do much there.

Stipend

None (quite enriching otherwise)

Accommodation and communication

I live in Navi Mumbai, so wasn’t a problem.

It’s 2 mins away from Churchgate station. Takes a 5 min bus ride from CST station. Very easy to get there.

What did you do to chill out?

Since the office is adjacent to Marine Drive, sometime in the evening was obviously spent there with my co-interns!

 

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