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Work-Life Balance

Job Security

Income Potential

Work Culture

Importance of Education


Profile Details
Name – Rachna Saran
Designation – Senior Correspondent
OrganisationHindustan Media Ventures
Age – 53
City – Lucknow
Work Experience (Years) – 23 years
Under-Graduation – Bachelor’s in Arts, Isabella Thoburn College, Lucknow.
Post-Graduation – Masters in Arts, University of Lucknow
Professional Qualification – Diploma in Journalism

Please give us a summary of your Career.

When I had started my career, I was working with advertising agencies as a Content Writer and later, moved on to work with Rashtriya Sahara and then, Dainik Hindustan. It is with Hindustan Times that I have spent a major chunk of my career. Since the beginning of my career, I have majorly worked as a field reporter and I have been closely associated with the politics of my state and nation as a keen observer. My career has been full of challenges right from the start as its tough maintain those hours and working non stop on the field and then later through the phone for a major part of my day.

Please describe your current Job Responsibilities.

Presently, I am a part of Dainik Hindustan’s Bureau and I have been a part of it for more than a decade now. My usual regular tasks include providing insights to my firm on the changing political dynamism of my allotted departments and keeping a keen eye on the nitty-gritty that concern these departments. My task is confined not only to the political aspect of things but also includes the analysis of the overarching framework within which these changes occur. I have worked very closely with local level organizations such as the Jal Nigam, the Marg Prakash and then with Major state and National political parties such as the BSP and the Congress.

Average Income in Journalism in the current scenario

Starting out/Fresher – 0-2 Lakhs Per Annum
5 Years of Experience – 0-2 Lakhs Per Annum
10 Years of Experience – 2-5 Lakhs Per Annum
15 Years of Experience – 2-5 Lakhs Per Annum
20 or more Years of Experience – 2-5 Lakhs Per Annum
How do you rate the Income Potential in your career?
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Work-Life Balance

On an average, how many hours do you work per day?
7-9 hours
On an average, how many days in a week do you work?
6 days
How often are you required to work in night-shift?
Does your work require you to travel?
Does your work require you to relocate to different town/cities?
How would you consider the job security in your profession?
Would you consider this Profession Risky?

Not really.

Overall, how would you rate Work-Life Balance in Journalism?
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Overall, how would you rate Job Stability in Journalism?
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What are the different ways of entering this profession?

Command over language and observance skills are a must. In case someone has a proper degree in this profession, well, then your entry would be easier.


How would you rate Stress-Level in your Profession?
As it should be
How would you rate your office/work infrastructure?
How would you describe your co-workers?
Generally speaking, your work is
Field Work
Overall, how would you rate Work-Culture in your Profession?
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Importance of Education in Your Profession

Would you say that Education from top School/College plays a major role in the success in this Profession?
What level of Education is sufficient to be successful in this Profession?
Simple Graduation
Would you say that Studious students are generally successful in this Profession?
How would you consider the Cost of Education post 12th?
At present, which institutes are best for the education of this profession?

IIMC and Jamia Milia Islamia in Mass Communication

Overall, how would you rate the role of Education in your Profession?
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According to you, what kind of person is likely to be Happy & Successful in Journalism Profession?

First Personality Trait – Energized by people, enjoy a variety of tasks and good at multitasking
Second Personality Trait – Focus on facts and details and apply past experiences to come up with practical solutions to problems
Third Personality Trait – Prefer to make decisions by being sensitive and cooperative to others feelings
Fourth Personality Trait – Prefer to keep flexible plan and keep options open
Fifth Personality Trait – Prefer to seek new experiences and create new things
Sixth Personality Trait – Prefer to be easy-going and flexible with life
Seventh Personality Trait – Prefer to be just and fair and not try to make everyone happy
Eighth Personality Trait – His/Her Family and Friends agree that S/he get easily stressed out, angry and irritated
Please provide details

You need the right skills to be in this field- be it writing or observational skills. It is a tough job that requires commitment but if you really love this field go ahead. Otherwise, you might just sulk.

What are some of the positives, which would encourage someone to join the Journalism Profession?

It is an adventurous job. I have always loved the thrill that comes with my work. I get to visit small towns and meet the people there, bring to the fore their problems and grievances. Secondly, my profession has helped me to keep in touch with people around me and the various problems that plague them in this highly competitive and challenging world. Journalism helped me explore new dimensions in terms of writing. It has allowed me to express my views and present them in front of a larger audience. Lastly, it is satisfying to see your work bring about some amount of change for the people.

What are some of the negatives that you would want someone to be aware of when considering a career in Journalism?

The scope of enhancement of the income is not very great here. You may or may not get an income hike. Yes, your experience will help you in the long run but altogether it is not important that all the newspapers, magazines and electronic media channels will pay you handsomely. Secondly, if given a desk job you might not get a chance to actually experience the thrill of work that should be a part of the job, according to me of this field. The job security is not high because in the end, everything is dependent on the market.

Recognition in journalism

What is your family’s view of your Profession?
My Family is Impressed
What is Friends’ view of your Profession?
My Friends are Impressed
What is Society’s view of your Profession?
Society is Impressed
Overall, how would you rate the Recognition aspect of your Profession?
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General Information of your Profession/Business

What kind of family’s financial background can maximize success in this profession?
It Doesn’t Matter
What is the ease of starting own business in this field?
May be Easy for Few
How easy is it to move to a different country in this profession?
May be Easy for Few
Now you have several years of work experience and you have seen professions of others. If you are taken back to 10th/12th class and allowed to pick a profession, then which profession will you pick and why?

I might just go for this profession again but there are chances I might also try my luck in the public sector enterprises.

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