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Hindustan Times
New Delhi, June 05, 2012
First Published: 15:36 IST(5/6/2012)
Last Updated: 16:48 IST(14/6/2012)
Transcending news: Foreign correspondents cover international affairs, and also follow local stories covered from an international perspective

The lowdown
A foreign correspondent is a journalist who covers news for a newspaper/ radio/ TV channel/ magazine/ website/ wire service in another country. He could be stationed in a foreign country working for a media outlet in his homeland or based in the latter, working for a media outlet of another nation. One must be well qualified to become a foreign correspondent. But your growth and success depends primarily on your performance. Your qualification only helps you find the first job. Later, what matters is your work and performance. Reporting as a foreign correspondent not only involves international affairs, but it also entails local stories covered from an international perspective or with a human interest

Clockwork
9am: Watch/read news at the log-in service (to access the newsroom) provided by the organisation
10am: Follow the local media 
10.30am: Talk to contacts
11am: Explore the day’s development
Noon to 5 pm: Cover the day’s news
6pm: Discuss the coverage with the editor and discuss the modalities of publication
One also goes for media briefings, mainly by the government/army authorities. Often, travel to other cities, towns or villages for stories

The payoff
You can earn Rs. 1,00,000 per month as a foreign correspondent (for which you have to spend atleast five to 10 years in the industry). After that, compensation would rise depending on your experience

Skills/TRAITS
* Curiosity - the essence of any form of journalism
* Open-minded approach where you don’t dismiss anything as futile

Getting there
After working as a journalist, for a few years, you can work your way up. There are few journalists who become foreign correspondents quite early in their careers, especially in news agencies. For that, one has to be extremely focused in one’s approach

Institutes and URLs  
* Asian College of Journalism,Chennai,
 www.asianmedia.org
* IIMC, Delhi/ Dhenkanal,
 www.iimc.nic.in
* Jamia Millia Islamia, Delhi
 www.ajkmcrc.org
  
Pros and cons 
* Relatively better paying as compared to other areas of journalism
* RYou get to explore the world
* Though it’s not a thumb rule, usually you don’t stay in one country for a long time 
* Risky job. You may be sent to areas embroiled in civil, military or political unrest

The appetite for news from India is expected to constantly increase in the West which will increase the number of foreign correspondents in India Vishal Arora, journalist, writes on politics, religion and foreign affairs in south and south-east Asia


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