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Saturday, 26 March 2011

Dear Reader, a month has passed since my last blog entry, and boy! what a time I've had!!! All in all, that past weeks have been a bit overwhelming as my spring term came to an end and now, I won't have classes any more.

So now, all I have to do is concentrate on writing my essays and portfolio. As for the former, I must say that I really enjoyed the spring term. My perceptions of queer studies especially in the context of popular culture are very different from what they were in January at the start of the spring term. As for my other subject, I have learnt a lot about Journalism in the context of globalization. Studying global journalism has give me an in-depth understanding into the way Journalism functions in different areas of the world.

In a way it has helped me understand more about the dynamics of journalism in my own country India (a developing economy). I really think that I have a long way to go before I totally understand Journalism and the significance of being a Journalist.

A few months ago, before I started my course my views were soo different. In my opinion Journalists were this amazing bunch of people who could write whatever they wanted, and could openly share their opinions freely. It was this glamorous mirage often described as "literature in a hurry", well I had it all wrong.

In the past couple of months I have learnt the one thing, perhaps the most important fact - Journalism is not fiction. It's the truth, and journalists have a duty to find out the truth and provide information to their audience and readers. To tell you the truth dear reader, the reality of journalism is really different from what I believed it to be. It is not easy being a journalist. There are forces that always work to hide the truth and deflect all inquiries.

Another thing that I have learnt is that it is very easy to perceive oneself as a writer but very difficult to actually become one. For instance I found it really difficult to properly write the two stories that I have already written for my portfolio.Although, when we were informed about the portfolio in class, I thought that it would be a cakewalk. Well, let me assure you that it isn't!

So I end this entry by dedicating it to the noble act of writing rubbish and learning from mistakes. Lets hope that in the coming months I become adept at recycling and using my resources to the most!

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