Koustav Sengupta

Journalist


  • What role did your educational background play in your career?

    Before coming to any field, its very much important to know that field thoroughly. Yes, anyone can become a journalist, we have evidences from the past but in the modern journalism with the rise of fake news and yellow journalism, you need to know the technique to reporting. This is where our education in the field comes to play. I learned so much from my university. From the art of reporting to bursting fake news, my university taught me so much before graduating.

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

    1. Observation Skill. 2. Keen interest on that subject he/she dealing with. 3. Communication Skill.

  • What motivated you to choose this career?

    In this field, there's always something new everyday. There's no chance of getting bored because of the same job. That is the biggest motivation I had and I feel everyone should have.

  • How do you identify fake news from an authentic one?

    In this modern era, fake news is rising, no doubt about that. There's very little we can do about it. We can check the origin of the news and cross check with many people involved with that news. The truth eventually comes out. Also, it's important not to trust news we see on Facebook. That's the origin of fake news in my opinion. Also, there are companies that are heavily working to burst fake news. Companies like boomlive, tineye clears the fact whether a news is fake or not.

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

    When I see or feel that this is the story that everyone needs to know, that is when I feel that a story is ready to publish. Also, you need to be confident about your story, it's very very important.

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

    Focus. Learn. Observe. Communicate. Above all, respect. Respect the person you're talking to, respect the profession you're working on. Most importantly, respect the fact that Journalism is the 4th pillar of democracy.

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

    It's a challenge for me. It's tough, but I don't feel that because I'm doing something that I love. I know everyone is eager to know a particular story, thus it's my job to tell them that story as soon as possible. This is how we can see things in a positive way.

  • How has journalism changed over the years?

    Journalism has changed to an extent. I think that the audience have changed more. The patience level of audience have decreased. That's the reason why online journalism is blooming and newspapers are decreasing in number. We want to know to news, but in a very short and crisp format. That's what have changed in journalism. To fulfill the demand, journalists have started to deliver news that way. We can't deny the fact that Journalism has changed. The way a news is delivered has changed a lot from newspaper to online journalism. The language, the way one delivers and specially the interest level of audience have gone down. People are very much interested in the news but only for a few days. A story needs to have an ending. Audiences doesn't have that patience these days.

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

    1. Observation Skill. 2. Keen interest on that subject he/she dealing with. 3. Communication Skill.