VIijay Simha’s: 10 THINGS

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Illustration: Sudeep Chaudhuri

JOURNALISTS OUGHT TO DO

1. HAVE A REASON
Journalism doesn’t create wealth. There has to be a purpose. When there’s none, poor decisions are made.

2. DEVELOP INSTINCTS
They can’t be taught. They must exist and evolve. No point if we don’t have them.

3. START AT HOME
Journalists are made in homes, not in offices. The early initiation into newspapers and books is critical.

4. STICK TO TRUTH
In the newsroom, it’s impossible to remember a lie. No exaggeration. No promises. Just the bare facts.

5. HONE MULTIPLE SKILLS
Spot a story. Pick credible sources. Write well. Edit sharply. Pitch accurately. Man the floor. Lead.

6. KEEP WISE COUNSEL
There are rarely more than one or two you can trust when it gets tough. Choose carefully.

7. BE FINICKY ABOUT COMPANY
Good company is more important than networking. You can be known by who you avoid and who you solicit.

8. HAVE A THICK SKIN
Can be the most valuable thing in the wardrobe. Wear it every day, there’ll be terrible moments.

9. BE A ROLE MODEL
Usually forgotten, but true. Someone is always looking and emulating. Makes sense to be naturally nice.

10 .SHUT DOWN
There must be something to go home to. Else, we turn rancid. The booze and drugs are then at hand.

& 10 THINGS THEY OUGHT NOT TO

1. Be in comfort. Sloth follows, inevitably
2.
 Grandstand. Greatness is rare
3.
 Be defensive. Mistakes occur
4.
 Close a mind. Can be fatal
5. Complain
6. Get too close to sources. Tempting but tragic
7. Form cliques
8. Stop being excited
9. Come from malice. Always reason
10. Quit. Nothing else quite satisfies the same way

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