What Alumni Say

I joined the Statesman Print Journalism School in the 2019–20 session because I wanted to pursue a career in journalism. I wanted to see the world around me, be a witness to the nuances of life. I wanted to be the voice for the voiceless. That is why I came to this school. It has been an amazing experience in the last eight months. Joining this course has been one of the few good things that have happened in my life.My journey with the Statesman Print Journalism School (SPJS) started on an impulsive note, with only an idea of being a journalist—passion for news and a notebook. The months that followed were nothing short of a storm!
Journalism isn’t a subject that can be taught in classroom alone; it has to be learnt on the job. At SPJS, the principles of journalism are taught and then young aspirants are nurtured through practical assignments until each has developed their individual approach towards practicing the discipline. Under the guidance of the faculty, including veteran journalists, famed personalities in media and abundant fieldwork, we soon became inquisitive and hungry for news. We were taught to think like media-persons, keep an eye out for news. Valuable, real-life lessons in the confines of the classroom, seminars and conferences around the country soon gave way to spot-reporting, writing articles that would be published in The Statesman, and a prestigious internship at The Statesman newspaper—the deal just kept getting sweeter.
I am truly thankful to the school for imbibing me with the valuable qualities of a journalist and strengthening my desire for the career even more.
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-- Madhumita Ghosh, Batch of 2019–20
My experience with SPJS for the last eight months has been no less than a roller coaster ride. I had completed my Master’s in English before joining the course. Yet, it took me quite a while to get used to the strict environment. But, now I can say that I enjoyed every bit of it. The experience at SPJS has changed me a lot as a person, and the best example to cite is that now my cellphone has more news apps than shopping apps!
This institution not only gives its students a great learning experience but also helps them to become professionally equipped and sound. I feel far more confident. The course has given me all the essential tools that I needed to start my career as a journalist. Faculty members at SPJS focus on building one’s overall personality by interacting with each and every student in the class on a personal level. This school has really helped me in enhancing my communication skills and nurture my self confidence.
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-- DISHA BHAUMIK, Batch of 2019–20
When I took admission at the Statesman Print Journalism School (SPJS), I really didn’t know what to expect from the course. But, soon, things took an interesting turn. The first thing I realised was that although I had studied English in an English-medium school and even did my Master’s in English Literature, I hadn’t quite attained a mastery over the application of the language. Thanks to these few months’ classes at SPJS, I not only understand the correct application of fine grammar but also its practical usage.
The SPJS course had also given me the opportunity to have a wide range of experiences—from an enjoyable Reporting workshop at Kodaikanal to spot reporting lessons in and around Kolkata. The training process at SPJS included numerous site visits for photography as well as reporting assignments, all the way to the exciting page design classes. The environmental journalism classes were equally fun and engaging. I had a really good time learning, had a lot of fun and have made a family out of my fellow students and faculty members.
Oh, and the roof right next to the classroom during monsoons is to die for!
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-- Pushpak Sen, Batch of 2019–20
SPJS provided me a unique milieu of learning and witnessing newspeople at work. When considerable inputs and reams of news surround a journalist, it is an arduous task to choose the most relevant. I regarded that the process stemmed from instincts and verification of facts. A few weeks into the course, the faculty members’ analyses pulped my notions. Simply put, it is far complex than just that. I can’t think of any other field where so much goes behind producing something every day. A new, riveting world had unravelled before me. There is scope of creativity, wit, and of exerting the power of words to question those in power.
The batches are deliberately made small compared to most other institutions; so that the faculty members are able to attend to each student’s difficulties personally. I had the privilege of debating raging issues with senior journalists, and was enriched. The art of gathering stray bits of information and string them to make a meaningful story is enchanting.
One is required to write well; but it is enough if one only, well, writes.
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-- Rohit Bose, Batch of 2019–20
Having gone through a Journalism course at the Statesman Print Journalism School, I have come to realise why The Statesman newspaper is often called an institution. After I got a chance to join the SPJS as a student and after having entered the magnificent, historic building, I felt as if the doors of a treasure-house had opened before me. The subjects covered during the Print Journalism course are fascinating. The opportunity to interact with famous editors during a conference of the SPJS was really mind-boggling. The seminar at Fortune Park Panchwati in Howrah, the visits to unknown places for photography training session will remain in my memory till my last breath.
Though I was not comfortable with all the subjects taught in the course, the faculty members took special care to ensure that I successfully complete the course. They also helped me specialise in news photography which I enjoyed most. The painful feeling of parting haunts me as the course draws to a close. SPJS will never fade from my mind.
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-- Ujjaini Ghosh, Batch of 2019–20
I joined the Statesman Print Journalism School in the 2019–20 session because I wanted to pursue a career in journalism. I wanted to see the world around me, be a witness to the nuances of life. I wanted to be the voice for the voiceless. That is why I came to this school. It has been an amazing experience in the last eight months. Joining this course has been one of the few good things that have happened in my life.
The mentors have been very cooperating throughout the session. The chance to be part of some of the real-life experiences of reporting placed us face to face with challenges; the mentors both encouraged and helped us overcome those challenges. Some of the workshops that we attended during the course helped us both as individuals and being part of groups and taught us teamwork. Interaction with editors of reputed media houses during an Editors’ Conclave opened new opportunities and avenues before us.
I am ever grateful to SPJS and its methods of teaching.
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-- Paul Saikat Biswas, Batch of 2019–20
During my wonderful tenure at SPJS, I have learnt so many things. I had joined SPJS with a dream to become an investigative journalist. The training gave me a chance to work in a real newsroom and to acquire practical experience especially in reporting and editing. I have learnt to ask questions loud and clear to the people who are in positions of authority and power as well as met new people.
I am very grateful to all my teachers at SPJS, especially Smita Abraham and our director Subrata Nag Choudhury. I would like to give special thanks to our dearest Sam (Rajappa) sir for guiding us with his stories from his reporting days in The Statesman and for teaching us many valuable lessons on journalism.
I had to start from scratch at SPJS. But, by the end of the training, I consider myself to be more confident, more knowledgeable and, most importantly, more responsible as a professional, and as a newsperson in the making. I am extremely grateful to be a part of this wonderful institution and I am wishing a happy journey to all future students of SPJS.
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-- Koustav Kiran Sen , Batch of 2019–20
I did my Master’s in English from Shri Shikshayatan College, Kolkata, in 2019 before joining the Statesman Print Journalism School. Providing experience and vast knowledge are the two things that describe SPJS. Over the nine-month course, I have learnt the values of good journalism. Every faculty member of the school helped and guided me through the intricacies of journalism. I have realized that newspaper is not mere pieces of paper; it is a chronicle of the changes that take place around the world, and as flagbearers, journalists are responsible for recording those changes accurately and truthfully. Print journalism assumes a much greater significance in today’s world that is flooded with fake and false news and information. I am also aware now of the hardship that goes into gathering news and catering to the readers with reliable, unbiased information, thanks to this intense course. SPJS has made me a responsible person—and a journalist hopefully—and I enjoyed every moment I spent in the school. Indeed, studying at SPJS is one decision that I will cherish always.
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-- Sanjana Podder, Batch of 2019–20
During the wonderful nine months that I spent at SPJS, I have learned a great deal. Aside from the practical experience of working in a real news-room, SPJS gave me a chance to meet and interact with different kinds of people. This allowed me to broaden my outlook and gain an idea of the different perspectives in life.
I am very grateful to each and every one of my teachers and would like to extend a special thanks to our dearest Sam Sir (Sam Rajappa), our mentor and guide who regaled us with intriguing stories from his reporting days, teaching us many valuable lessons along the way. I am extremely grateful to have been given a chance to be a part of this wonderful institution and extend the same good wishes to all future students of SPJS.
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-- Yasmita Barua Chaudhuri, second batch, after SPJS she had gone to California, USA, and worked as a freelance writer for eHow and Answerbag. At present, she is working as a Content Moderator/Writer for Udyog Software India Ltd, Hyderabad.
It seems the best thing that I have done for myself so far, has been my decision to apply for the Print Journalism course at SPJS and convincing my parents that it would only do me good. However, after the course began, it was not just a lot of assignments, but a whole lot of fun as well. A conclave where we met the stalwarts of the profession, seminars and field trips to several places were added attractions.
And, the most important part was the job that I was offered after completion of the course, without having to go about desperately knocking doors of employers ~ that is something for which I will always remain grateful to the institution.
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-- Sohini Goswami, third batch, working as a copy-editor for The Times of India
My preconceived notions about Journalism having been turned upside down, I have had to start from scratch. And, at the end of the 9 months of the Print Journalism course at the SPJS, I consider myself to be more knowledgeable, more aware, and most importantly, more responsible- as a person, and a professional. Quite an extensive discussion on all aspects of journalism, the theories in class and hands-on training during the internship, helped us to choose the right avenue in the profession.
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-- Munshi Wasim Abid, third batch, working as a sub-editor for The Deccan Chronicle, and a freelance news-photographer with photos published in Farmers' Forum.
Getting up every morning...fighting to get hold of the newspaper first...glancing through the first page in a hurry...and then taking all the time in the world to read it...SPJS has made this a habit and taught me a lesson for life...to be aware! It has also made me realise that, in spite of the great technological turnaround the world witnesses every day, print journalism would always remain the best option for a detailed understanding of the world around. The rush to get the first look at the front page of the newspaper, or the thorough reading and analysis of news, will always remain a habit for most.
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-- Arpita Banerji, fourth batch, previously as a sub-editor for The Statesman, now working as Copy Writer, Daily News and Analysis .
Growing up through different abnormalities of life, it is always easy to blur the line between dream and reality. One gets desperate for a reality check. I believe I am a better citizen for having been a student at SPJS, for having the privilege to learn from eminent journalists and personalities, and above all, for knowing that Truth is all that matters.
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-- Trina Chaudhuri, fourth batch, working as a sub-editor for The Telegraph..
SPJS is unique in many ways as you not only have an intense classroom experience, but also get to work in an actual newsroom. Since the best way to learn is on the job, this served as a great learning curve for me. Also, the teaching staff here comes with years of valuable and enriching experience. The course structure is very diverse ranging from the basics of editing and reporting, to media law and environment.
But it wasn't all work as we were taken to many places in and outside Kolkata - whether to document the place through photography, or understand the place's ecosystem. These visits greatly added to what was a thoroughly enjoyable and instructive few months.
-- Rohini Deb, third batch, working as an editor at Dorling Kindersley, Noida, India.
My experience at SPJS has been great. I thoroughly enjoyed my days at SPJS and it helped enrich myself. I learnt dif erent aspects of journalism during the course. SPJS and its faculty members have immense contribution in my career. What I had learnt in the school still helps me in work.
-- Suman Sahoo, first batch, presently working at The Press Trust of India (PTI) as Senior Copy Editor, Previously: Copy Editor, The Times of India, Chennai. Staf Reporter and Sub Editor, The Statesman.

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