This blog has been contributed by Shravishtha Ajaykumar, who was one of the Student Contributors for the May-June 2015 issue of the magazine.
I began the internship extremely excited, not only because it was my first internship in an area of journalism, but also, it gave me the opportunity to write in a fashion that wasn’t my usual practice. It put me outside of my comfort zone and made it all the more exciting. Working for ParentEdge allowed me to see the more pragmatic side of becoming a writer. A side I wouldn’t have come across writing for personal blogs or college magazines.
What I write in my blog is more on fiction and fear, something that’s raw but difficult to digest. Writing for the college magazine is easy, it is writing creatively, or inspiring work which allows me to use the vocabulary I wish to and the topics I want to. Writing for a professional magazine forced me to write in a more down to earth form. It wasn’t innuendos and metaphors or poetic and pop culture references, it was facts and references and the obviously, the less pretentious side of writing. It directed me to topics that a larger population cares about, not what the young over-enthusiastic minds want to hear.
Being a student of English Literature in college, we are constantly reading the works of ‘great’ authors and poets, in the canon and out of, we are taught to write in words that let the reader experience them with every sense organ and create raw passion in them. However, because of this, we implicitly learn to avoid list-icles and the sort, but working for ParentEdge let me see the beauty in the simplicity in this form of writing and how it reaches out to the reader more than Shakespeare ever would.
If there was anything that I would have wanted to be different, it would have been the space of investigative journalism rather than just researched based journalism. Since my idea of research is using Google and clicking on links, this was a lot harder for me. Investigative journalism, I feel, would have allowed more personalizing of articles and maybe with its requirement for activity would reach out to student writers more.
On my part, I should probably have put in more effort with the formatting and grammar and (like I said before) expanded my idea of research. Perhaps I would have also done a better job if I wrote more for the readers and from their points of view than for myself. Though all in all, I did enjoy writing the articles.