Journalism is a notoriously hard field to break into, and Grace has been spearheading the charge since she got to college. Even when she studied abroad in India, she worked at a newspaper. Now that she’s graduated, she’s back for more reporting for a different Indian newspaper!
Grace shares her advice for pursuing a career in journalism, and how she’s seen her internship search evolve over the last four years.
Name: Grace Hauck
Job Title: Intern, Deccan Herald
Location: Bangalore, Karnataka, India
College: University of Chicago
Year: Just Graduated!
Major: Political science, Visual Arts
What are you doing this summer?
I’m spending a few months reporting for the Deccan Herald, a newspaper for the state of Karnataka. I write stories, photograph, and video. I just finished my first week, and although I don’t yet have a fixed beat, I’ve touched on a few different topics: installation of a government appointee, malnutrition amongst school children, women’s safety in the Indian ride-sharing economy, and, now, I’m finishing up a story on local police cracking down on foreign nationals overstaying their visas. I hope to focus more on infrastructure, climate, and women’s issues over the coming weeks.
What do you want to be when you grow up?
I’ve been doing journalism internships and part-time journalism work for several years now, and I plan to pursue a long career in reporting across various formats.
How did you get your internship?
My story is a bit absurd:
When I studied abroad in Pune (outside Mumbai) two years ago, I arrived a week early to travel around the country with a high school friend who just happened to be interning in the same city. We overnight bussed to Goa, where we rented a moped to visit a local artist’s studio. The artist suggested we check out a nearby contemporary art museum (I studied art in school), where we later happened to meet the museum curator, who invited us to his house for drinks. As it turns out, the curator was also hosting several journalist friends that same night, and I met the editor of the local branch of a national paper. I ended up interning for that paper while abroad.
I came across this current job on our university careers page and decided to apply. I think it was my previous experience working in Indian media that got me the job.
What do you wish you had known during your internship search?
This goes for the internship and post-grad search: don’t waste time filling out online applications. I probably filled out 80 or so, and I’ll never get back those hours of my life. Spend more time doing informational interviews and talking to people. For journalism, in particular, make opportunities for yourself because nothing is given to you. Just start reporting.
ALSO: I didn’t realize most people here work a 6-day workweek, so factor that in if you’re considering working in India.
What does a day in the life look like?
There are obviously ethical and cultural concerns I must weigh every day. Usually, I wake up early and workout, read the news, attend an event/interview, and then head to the office around 1pm. I’ll start writing, head to the office canteen for lunch, and then finish up a story in the afternoon.
The newsroom doesn’t really come alive until 5pm or so, and most reporters stay very late–until around 11pm. Once I finish a story, I’ll usually start working on follow-ups, another story, or just do some research. I get off around 9pm and either rickshaw home to hang out with my roommate or walk to a nearby bar.
How has this job changed what you see yourself doing in the future?
I’m still figuring out what I want to focus on within journalism, as well as what I’m suited for. I hope this position gives me some clarity regarding international/local reporting.