Abid Hussain Barlaskar

Reporter / Senior Correspondent.


  • How do you ensure the legitimacy of your news sources?

    You start with level of trust, instinct and gut feeling which comes with experience and research. If the source is dicey, try verifying it with at least two other sources. There's no story if you aren't sure about the facts. Start with building your sources. Cheers!

  • How do you ensure that your news pieces are unbiased?

    Start with forgetting your personal inclinations - taste, religion, caste, personal relations, politics etc. You should know that you are balanced in your gut.

  • What is your advice to youth who want to become a journalist?

    Read more, write a lot more. Everybody who delivers information from one place to another is in a way a journalist already. You just need to expand your reach and do it responsibly. There are a lot of mediums like YouTube, TikTok, Social media, etc to start with. Start right now. That's the only way. Best of luck!

  • How do you ensure that your writing is unbiased? What other aspects do editors look at when a story is submitted?

    Balance the representation of facts in the story. All stakeholders must have a say. Don't put words into people's mouths. Forget your personal inclinations like religion, politics, relations, tastes - that's a good place to start. To make the editor's life easier, write simple copies, arrange your facts and analysis in a proper order. Read you copy at least thrice before sending it off. Take a short break before reading it each time. Your editor should love you for this.

  • What are the 3 things every successful journalists must-have?

    Insatiable hunger for information. A mind free from bias and prejudice. A constant worry about reaching and satisfying readers.

  • What are the 3 things every successful journalists must-have?

    Insatiable hunger for information. A mind free from bias and prejudice. A constant worry about reaching and satisfying readers.

  • When do you know that a story is ready to publish?

    Most stories start with a question? The answer is like a recipe, a good dish. Try balancing and verifying your facts. If there are multiple facets, they must be equally balanced. Analyse them to reach a valid conclusion. If you have doubts about your copy, try bouncing it off a colleague or even your boss. Once you have your dish ready, it's about presentation - the headline, summary, pictures, blurbs, seo, etc. The presentation is atleast 25% of the work. Once the story is published, it must feel like an accomplishment, a badge on your shoulder :)

  • Where do you think news went wrong and is there a reason why the profession attracts so much of negative criticism and ridicule today?

    That's a great question. News didn't go wrong, publishers did. You must understand that the complete name of the 'media' is the 'media business'. Like most businesses, they too prioritise agendas, start taking sides, publish stuff that fits the popular narrative (for clicks and views). All of this effects the final outcome. Also, with the coming of digital, there's a lot of pressure on publishing a story fast, this affects quality too. Most of them rely on advertising for their revenue (Indians don't like subscriptions) so that's a pretty tight spot. Check the sting operations by the Cobra Post for more clarity.

  • What is your advice to youth who want to become a journalist?

    Read more, write even more. You don't really need a publication to start. Blogs, social media, video platforms - today, there are a ton of free outlets for you. Start right now if you haven't already. I believe, if you have carried information from one place to another, from one person to another, you are a journalist already. You just need to increase your reach and you have to do it responsibly.

  • How do you cope with the stress of tight deadlines?

    What you can do is think ahead, prioritise, organise and schedule work. You can't cope with stress you can only think of easing it in whatever ways possible.

  • What is the key to pitching a story that you think is worth publishing?

    The golden rule is, you have to be able to describe your story in a single sentence. It has to seek new information which should add value to your readers. And yes, invest time in research so that you can answer all the questions thrown at you.

  • How do you ensure the legitimacy of your news sources? What are the kinds of sources that should be avoided?

    Don't avoid any source. But verify everything via cross checking with multiple sources and research.

  • Is there a way to identify fake news from what is authentic?

    Yup. Check with multiple sources/publishers. Don't rely on social media/Whatsapp for news. Check with fake news busting websites. Fake news is often motivated and spread with a purpose. Keep an eye out for those as well.

  • What are the perks of being a journalist?

    Don't look for perks. There are none. The only perk that is there is you'll have access to a lot of information before the world gets it. Warning! You cease to be a journalist the moment you start looking for perks.