By: SHINICHI TERADA
International interface… students JMSC pose in front of Eliot Hall, where their classes are held.
Slums, traffic jams, a variety of smells and ear-splitting screeches from autorickshaws, bus and motorcycles. That was what I remembered most about India when I visited New Delhi two years ago. But, even though there may be chaos on the streets of India, its economy is definitely making large strides, alongside China, so it was natural for me to choose India as an internship destination.
I’ve kept track of the country’s growth in the past years by reading news articles, but I realised this wasn’t enough. I wanted to be in the middle of it all: to witness face to face the development of India, how it is impacting the world, and to be able to find my own words to express it by writing my own stories.
My school, the Journalism and Media Studies Centre (JMSC) of The University of Hong Kong, encourages students like me to intern overseas, and currently some students are gaining experience in Thailand, Nepal and Myanmar, as well as India to name a few. Thanks to the growing economies of Asia and their strengthening presence in the world economy, the interest of many students now lies in this booming region.
The school focuses on Asia reporting and instructors have numerous journalism experiences in Asia and other regions. My favourite courses there were Online Journalism and Video Production. I can apply for 3,000 HKD (about Rs 21,000, half the cost of my airline ticket) internship subsidy from school if I write weekly journals of my experiences and attend internship seminars for future interns.
Thomas Abraham, the director of my school and former correspondent of The Hindu says: “The JMSC expectation is for students to gain experience and exposure to a wide variety of work environments across the region, and to see how journalism is practised in different countries and news organisations.”
After working as an economy policy reporter at The Japan Times and writing stories about China for English publications in Shanghai, I’d like to be able to write about India and its phenomenal growth. It’s by doing so that I can truly work towards my goal to be a writer specialising in Asian business and economy. Meanwhile, I’m working on a paper documenting my findings and analysis of the Indian economy based on articles that have appeared in the Business Line.
(Shinichi is a student at the Journalism and Media Studies Centre, (JMSC), The University of Hong Kong.)