Journalists are some of the unspoken champions in our society. They are at the forefront of what’s going on in the world and they make it their job to tell you about it in a fair and balanced manner. Alisha Coelho is one such champion of information. She speaks of how being a journalist means being interested in everything and basically having a thirst for what is going on in the world. Read about the path she took to becoming a journalist.
What kind of a student were you in school and college?
A geek and a rebel. I hated missing class but I did have a problem when dealing with authority. I have to say though, that my parents were never called to school on account of my bad behaviour! My grades were good, I wasn’t at the very top of my class but was never at the bottom either
And your favourite subjects?
I loved Chemistry and English
Which teacher do you remember most and why?
There are too many, but I most fondly remember my chemistry teacher from Class 8. She was one of the most fair (not fair as in Fair & Lovely) women I’ve ever had the pleasure of knowing and she was a brilliant guide
When did you realize this is what you wanted to do?
I always thought that I’d want to write for a living because it’s one of the thing I had enjoyed doing right from primary school. Being an author was an option, but when I saw Christiane Amanpour on television (she’s an anchor for CNN International), I knew that I wanted to be her.
If I want to do what you do, what do I have to do?
Journalism doesn’t really require you to be the master of any one subject but it’s good if you have a preference and you should work hard to refine that skill. For example, a journalist covering film, must not only enjoy watching movies and reading gossip on all the stars, but also read up on how the movie was made and the various elements that go into making a film. It is important to read the newspaper every single day and keep your eyes and ears open for all sorts of current affairs taking place in the world around you
What’s your typical day like?
I start off by reading the morning papers (I subscribe to more than one) and then look up the internet for any stories that might be breaking or trending in the morning. After heading to work, there’s a short discussion with my colleagues about what stories we should we pursuing today and what can be planned for the day ahead. News on television and the internet are constantly monitored for anything important happening. Sometimes, I’m required to step out for a story or a movie review, so I’m not always confined to the office
What did you do with your first paycheck?
I bought myself a pair of shoes I had wanted for a while and also something nice for my mum and dad
Name some joys of your profession.
The thrill of seeing your name in the paper or online and the bigger thrill of having a stranger say that they’ve read your story. You also get to meet lots of interesting people (and some fairly important ones too) on the job if you’re a reporter. Being a journalist also keeps you well-informed and your job always seems awesome to your friends (even if it isn’t nice on some days!).
What makes you successful at what you do?
I believe in hard work and I think there’s no substitute for that. I’m fairly ambitious so that keeps me going when times get rough and the pay or appreciation doesn’t seem enough.
Were you named after anyone?
No, but my dad picked out my name. My mum would have liked to name me Maroushka but I’m glad that my dad had the final say!
What are some of your hobbies or passions?
I love reading and children’s literature is a favourite. I also like to blog, doodle, paint and travel
What is the most thrilling experience in your life?
Swimming in a coral reef in Sri Lanka last year. I even spotted a shark!
What book are you reading right now?
Game of Thrones by George RR Martin
What is your animal spirit? Why?
I guess I’m a horse. I don’t mind hard work, but I like to run free and operate on my own terms every once in a while.
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