This blog post has been contributed by Ananya Shankar, Student Editor of Issue 16 of the magazine.
Interning at Parent Edge was one of the best experiences ever. Not many magazines allow high school students to intern for their magazine. So I was lucky to have got this opportunity.
While working for the magazine I learnt that journalism is much more than just writing. It includes research, finesse and most importantly passion and skill. A lot of us think writing an article is undemanding but in reality it involves flair and knowledge. I know the difference between this piece of writing and my first article; Parent Edge has helped evolve as a writer. I remember my first article, I was very excited and vowed to give my hundred percent but I slowly realized how much hard work you have to put into every piece of writing that you submit to the magazine. My first article was “Books for Children’ and I had to pick books and review them. I had a lot of fun doing that because it was different from the normal procedure where the editor would select the books for you to review. I expected the article to be a good one but when the editor sent me her feedback I was shocked. I had overlooked punctuations, grammatical errors etc. While writing an article, one should remember that the language should be error-free and punctuations should be in place. ParentEdge taught me that an ordinary error-free article is better that a masterpiece filled with grammatical errors.
Interviewing is my personal favourite. When the editor told me that I had to interview a few people for an article on ‘Sibling of a Differently-Abled Child’, I was very excited. Besides interviewing, the article also involved lots of research. Interviewing with psychologists and psychotherapists helped me realize how sensitive these issues are. And while interviewing you should be crisp and to the point for interviews can be time consuming. Secondly, if the topic is sensitive, we should remember to frame our questions in such a way that it doesn’t offend anybody. One of the many things that Parent Edge taught me is that articles have to be proof read and the topic should be clearly addressed. That is what makes your article stand out.
The next few articles were relatively easy. Parent Edge understands that you also have school work and exams. The articles were evenly spaced out and so I could concentrate on my school work. The best thing about writing the articles was they were actually stress relievers!! I spent minimum of three hours a week on the articles. That was undisputedly the finest hours of the week. The magazine tossed opportunities my way; talking to psychologists, experts etc. gave me much needed exposure and I learnt new ideas from the research. One of the best things about the internship is that you don’t just write. If the article requires photographs and artsy things, the magazine encourages you to try it out first. You are not just a writer but also an artist. That is really remarkable.