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Am I Journalist AND/OR A Media Person?

Answer is NO for both the privileges.

Preface:

My educational background is Diploma in Computer Science. I neither went to any college of journalism nor attended any seminars in similar stream. It’s one of the areas of work of SpeakBindas.com that adorned me with this privilege of a journalist or a media person, simply for the reason that I do interview people.

If I’m not a Journalist or a Media Person and still I’m running SpeakBindas.com where people from different sectors are interviewed, then what am I?

It’s simple. I’m a Blogger. I am a Writer. As a reader, if you observe the site, it also has other categories such as ‘Articles’ and ‘Video Articles.’ Both the categories do focus on WRITING part. A writer is not always a journalist.

Now, as I’m saying that I’m not a journalist and as taking interviews is a form of journalism only, how can I deny that I’m not a journalist?

It’s simple, again. Meeting people from different walks of life has always been my passion. Even prior to inception of SpeakBindas.com, I regularly used to meet people from different walks of life such as industrialists, religious people, artists, singers and other creative people. At that time, I simply used to meet and interact without video recording it or even writing about it. I was keeping it to just myself. But as the era of blogging initiated as well as I have a video camera, I told to myself that let me take this practice of meeting people a step further by recording it or writing about it and share with like minded people and see how it goes. And it went good indeed. People liked it and hence I kept on sharing more and more interactions, discussions in form of interviews.

And those who were physically out of reach, I started conducting online interviews, interactions with them.

So, it’s my hobby, my passion which drives me to dig further in different people, culture, traditions, customs and surroundings. It’s a very common man’s passion.

So am I against journalism?

Not At All. And why should I be? Rather, I have few journalists as friends as other friends from other fields. As well I’m in good terms with few media persons too for whom full time profession is journalism. They are my friends for many other reasons than to being just a journalist. I rather take inspiration from the field of media. But that goes same for other fields as well such as social welfare, medical, industries, service sectors, religions etc. Learning from different professions, different areas and distinct people is a pure humanly approach. And same goes for journalism as well. I rather think it’s quite an interesting field for those who live with the passion of mass-communication. But for me, it is not what I am. It’s rather a perception of some people towards me. They see or like to see me being a journalist or a media person.

Sunil Gavaskar and other cricketers do write regular columns in newspapers & magazines. Would we call them writers or cricketers first? Of course, they are writers too but it’s just a minor part of their total personality. Primarily, they are cricketers. Harsha Bhogle do commentary in cricket matches. He also interviews cricketers. Would we call him a journalist for the same? No, it would really look odd saying so. He is a Commentator first. It’s his passion of conversing with cricketers, not his prime identity. Same goes for me as well in a different manner.

Something Interesting You Would Like to Know:

Because of some people’s perception on me as of a journalist or a media person, what happens is that sometimes at some places when I meet people, they start talking with me about Media, you know like “What’s your take on the Indian Media?”, “Which is the best English newspaper in India?”, “Don’t you think Media often twist a story and fill masala in to gain more viewers?, “Media mostly shows negative news only, nothing positive in there” and it goes on and on.

I feel a bit insulted, honestly by such or similar questions. It makes me feel odd knowing that they already have considered me a journalist or a media person which I AM NOT. I’m a BLOGGER and a WRITER. Why don’t they talk about it? Or any other things like culture, education, India etc. and including Media too, but not only that.

At one incident, I had to face an odd question that “Don’t you need some registration or licence to run a media website?” The questioner was under impression that SpeakBindas.com is a News cum Interviews website and just like Print Media and Electronic Media, this too should have some kind of registration. She had no idea that it’s a BLOG. And blog needs no such registrations. A student, a house-wife, an industrialist, a kid, a spiritual person, a journalist, a teacher – anybody can have a personal / business blog, without any such legal litigation (provided, the content is not harmful or offensive.)

Unending Debate: Journalists are Born or Made?

As the title says, it’s indeed unending, as there are people of both kinds who believe in either of the fact very strongly. The first believers have the creative reasons and the later ones have logical. I have no intentions of digging further this topic than to simply clarify that I’m neither born nor a made journalist. I don’t deny that journalism is a part of what I do. What I simply deny is that it’s not the whole of what I am.

So I am happily enjoying the privilege of being a BLOGGER and a WRITER. And that’s all I have to say my dear readers.

About

Devang Vibhakar is the Founder and Editor of www.SpeakBindas.com. He has interviewed more than 350 people. His effort was recognized by Limca Book of Records, twice. He has been to Scotland as well as Germany as part of vocational & cultural exchange programs and has compiled five books so far. He's passionate about bringing forth interesting stories & interviews of entrepreneurs to avid readers of SpeakBindas. He can be reached here.

13 thoughts on “Am I Journalist AND/OR A Media Person?

    1. Dineshbhai, prashno ne jawabo sathe j me upar na lekh ma lakhya j chhe. Aap nirante vanchso to khyal aavi jase.

  1. Dear BLOGGER and a WRITER Devang,
    you have multi-dimensional personality, you have to polish yourself, like soft skills, than you are a perfect personality, than you can do any thing in this world.
    Bharat Dudakia.
    National Prime Trainer.

    1. Thank you Bharatbhai for your nice words.

      I’m learning new things from every experience of life.

      But I hope that only LEARNING doesn’ become my life. Progress, success, Luck too should be there 🙂

  2. Adhirajsinh H Jadeja says:

    Sirjiiiiii, jo jo amari journalist ni career haji chalu j thai che…..

    ha ha ha ha

  3. Yes, there is a writer in you, which makes you drive towards blogging, interviewing, & putting it online for readers-simply, as a passion.
    We cannot ‘be’ all of all.So, while we intervw,we like to have a peek ‘inside’ the other person’s intellect & share it with others, with a sense of pride.This makes us fel ‘alive…’
    I hope I was able to put across my point of view:)
    Good Luck!

    1. Exactly – Writing is the basic skill which drives to other zones such as blogging and interviewing.

      You won’t believe but I’ve translated word-to-word many video interviews from Gujarati to English, for the understanding of non-Gujarati readers. The writer of me made me do it.

      “This is something makes me feel alive and hence I do it”

  4. Nice indeed! But whats the point in denying that you are a journalist as you work like a journalist / media person for your website. You are a blogger, a journalist and a media person but just for your blog. A blog needs a blogger but your kind of blog needs a journalist, editor, blogger, etc.. Nowadays blogs are not just one man (one work one position) blog, blogs are multi-faceted efforts..

    1. You said ” You are a blogger, a journalist and a media person but just for your blog.” People do not understand this. They think I’m a full-time media person and a journalist and they feel that I SHOULD have knowledge about the current trend of media, its pros and cons in DETAIL. This is the spot from where denial initiates.

  5. T A Ramesh says:

    Very interesting to read this article! By running this wonderful website you have become a self made journalist already! Your approach is something new and needed very much now in the context of newspapers themselves not true in reporting news to the world but simply publishing by accepting payments from politicians and others in public life!

    1. I really have NOTHING to prove against anyone here through SpeakBindas. I am doing what I’m loving to do. The true satisfaction comes to me after I interview someone, and that is all what I am doing. Nothing more, nothing less.

      1. T A Ramesh says:

        Good policy! That is why your website is unique to read among many in the world!

        1. I consider that as a word-token of appreciation, Ramesh.

          Thank you 🙂

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Devang Vibhakar
Devang Vibhakar
(Editor, www.SpeakBindas.com)
SpeakBindas is a Limca Book of Awards winning blog. It's a PR3 blog with 1000+ articles & Interviews. Devang Vibhakar - Founder - has interviewed more than 350+ people and has been to Scotland, London & Germany. He's a writer, speaker, traveler & movie-goer !! He has also written four books. He's passionate about bringing forth interesting stories & interviews of people from various sectors of life to avid readers of SpeakBindas. You can reach him here .