Category Archives: work

Work placements overseas

Last week, my Press Gazette article on journalism work placements overseas was published.

It made it into print pretty much how I filed it, but unfortunately, the links I’d included did not appear on the online version. So I’ve put them in this post.

You can find out about the placement I did in India here. There are work experience opportunities in Ghana, China, and New Zealand through other volunteering agencies. Continue reading


Last day in office

This week is my last at New Indian Express. During the week, I filed a story on kidney disease, which appeared in today’s issue. My online learning piece is now on the web, and so is my story on English language training.

It’s been a really good month here it was a little slow at first, but I managed to get a lot of stories into print. I’ve also made a lot of good friends and hope that some of them will be joining me tonight for my farewell meal.

City Express

Now a bit about work – I have just completed my first week on City Express, which I think is what you would describe as NIE’s “metro” section.

On my first day I scored a bit of a result – I had a front page story as part of a splash on safety for women in Chennai. These stories were inspired by the events of New Year in Mumbai where two women were allegedly molested by some 70 men.

My second story (well, two stories actually) appeared in today’s issue. It was a write up of my trip to the WeCan centre for children with autism. I have made other contributions over the week like suggesting headlines and a couple of NIBs for the education page. I am now working on stories for the education page, including one that may make a lead.

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The Weekend

I’ve just finished my first full weekend in Chennai. So far, I’ve not managed to do much sightseeing, apart from visiting the famous Pondy Bazaar on Sunday. That was quite an experience.

I set off early for the bazaar, accompanied by Sitara. We spent most of our time haggling with stall holders and managed to get some amazing bargains. Three salwars and two shirts for the – equivalent of 7GBP. I left most of the haggling to Sitara, as my one attempt to do it was absolutely disastrous!

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Rain almost stops play

Today, we had some very unseasonal rain. A trough in the Bay of Bengal according to Chennai Online.

It was only my third day at work, and I was seriously debating whether or not to go in as half the road in front of the flats seemed to be flooded. By the time I was due in work things seemed to have improved, so I decided to go in.

As soon as I got to work, however, the weather deteriorated. And it looks like it will remain unpredictable for the next 24 hours. I hope it doesn’t make it difficult for me to do my first proper journalistic assignment – a report on a conference on autism, which is being held just outside the city.

Work so far has been a bit quiet  – I am alternating between the City Express, which is the NIE’s supplement for Chennai, and the education supplement. Hopefully things will pick up next week when I have settled in.