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Work-Life Balance

Job Security

Income Potential

Work Culture

Importance of Education


Profile Details
Name – Shikha Srivastav
Designation – Principal Correspondent
OrganisationHindustan Media Ventures Ltd.
Age – 44
City – Lucknow
Work Experience (Years) – 22 years
Under-Graduation – BA, Lucknow University
Post-Graduation – MA, Lucknow University
Professional Qualification – PG Diploma in Journalism and Mass Communication.

Please give us a summary of your Journalism Career .

My association with the field of journalism began when I started working with Dainik Jagran (Hindi). Most of my work was associated with the local news, media and entertainment section. I spent a brief period of time with the aforementioned media group before I became a member of the Hindustan family. Initially with Hindustan Media as well, I was mainly a part of their Feature Section (involving articles on the reinvention of everyday life, stories related to the glamorous world of Mumbai, stories of survival and inspirational works).

Please describe your current Job Responsibilities at Hindustan Media ventures.

Currently, as I have mentioned above, I am working as a Principal Correspondent with the Hindustan Times (Hindi). My schedule for any normal day would include writing up news journals on topics assigned to me. My working hours and the amount of work is not really laid out from the start. There can be news and information coming in from any quarter and if it is associated with my beat, then I am required to give it my full time and come up with well researched write ups on it. Work for me is about networking and bringing out information from closed quarters.

Average Income in Journalism Profession 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 – 5-10 Lakhs Per Annum
How do you rate the Income Potential in your career?
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Work-Life Balance in Journalism

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?
Overall, how would you rate Work-Life Balance in your Profession?
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Overall, how would you rate Job Stability of your Profession?
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What are the different ways of entering this profession?
I would not say that a professional degree is a must. What you really need to have is a good command over the language (which may be any language) and decent writing skills.


How would you rate Stress-Level in your Profession?
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 Journalism 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, Jamia Milia Islamia (Mass Comm Department)

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 – Prefer working alone or in small groups and focus on few tasks at a time
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 be organised and stick to plan
Fifth Personality Trait – Prefer routine and stable life
Sixth Personality Trait – Prefer to be self-disciplined and organised
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

Definitely, my job comes with a lot of insecurity because it is the private sector and with insecurity comes, stress.

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

It is a whole lot of adventure as you get to visit the hinterlands of the country for the purpose of reporting. It feels great to be able to work for the people (the common masses) directly or indirectly. Bringing out their woes and worries is a major part of my profession. It is interesting that how many people
do I come in touch with as a result of my constant involvement with this field. Different sources of information come up with different beats and you get to be a part of that process.

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

There are a few negatives like the tasks may seem too daunting to a few as a lot of work needs to be done to come up with a small write up. You have to be in constant touch with the world and you can not miss out on the details. The work environment in media houses in recent years has become too competitive. Everyone wants to be the eye candy (to win promotions, make it big), and with the coming in of corporate media houses, the quality has gone down and the focus is just on producing stuff for the sake of it. Income remains fixed for long periods of time. There is a little scope of income growth for a majority of people in the field.

Recognition in your Profession

What is your family’s view of your Profession?
My Family is Neutral
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 would choose the same profession.

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