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Prince Thomas

Senior Assistant Editor,
Forbes India, Mumbai ptalert@gmail.com
The time I spent at MASCOM gave me a solid foundation in journalism with a holistic approach and in-depth sessions on reporting, editing and writing. Apart from learning new skills in each of these areas, one also sharpened one’s strengths and overcame weaknesses. The rigour of work at MASCOM is similar to that in real-life journalism. Even today, after almost nine years, lessons learnt there help me avoid mistakes and write better copy.
Jimmy Jacob

Chief Copy Editor,
Hindustan Times, New Delhi ozzjim@yahoo.com
As India’s foremost training institute for print journalism, MASCOM helps students achieve standards that are higher than those of actual media organisations. It introduces them to the newsroom much before they actually get into one. Certainly a great way to launch a career.
Ram Mohan

Assistant News Editor,
Business Standard, New Delhi rmohanm@gmail.com
The main takeaway for me from MASCOM has been a way of thinking, a thought process that helped me become a better editor while dealing with copy. MASCOM teaches you to focus on the basics. Though many deride such a teaching process, being strong in basics is the only way to become a better writer or editor. And you can always fall back on the basics when in trouble and not go wrong.
Sanjith Sidhardhan

Trainee Sub-editor,
Times of India, Thiruvananthapuram ssanjith@hotmail.com
Learning to stand before you can walk – this is how I would describe my stint at MASCOM. The newsgathering and editing done for the weekly lab paper makes it easier to understand the actual newspaper routine. It also helps you stay two steps ahead during your trainee days.
Shalin Thomas

Sub-editor,
The Hindu, Bangalore shalin.thomas@gmail.com
MASCOM was the best thing that happened to me. It not only helped me find my calling, but also groomed me well enough to confidently pursue it. The institute is unconventional, informal but professional, and has an edge over every J-school in the country. Despite its modest size and its location in a small town, it packs a punch like no other. By the end of the ten months there, you’ll either be thinking like a journalist or thinking of a new profession.
Manju Subhashchandran

Senior Sub-editor,
MiD DAY, Mumbai

manjusubhashchandran@gmail.com
Seek, explore, prod and create. That’s how I would describe the training process at MASCOM. You won’t be expected to swill down pages of literature and reproduce them in ink. Training here means frenetic scrounging around for stories, meeting and interacting with new people and lots of earful for your half-baked efforts.
Shilpy Bisht

Trainee Sub-editor,
Mail Today, New Delhi shilpy.bisht@gmail.com
MASCOM primarily focuses on improving the writing and editing skills of the students. More than just giving editing exercises to students, the instructors ensure that each assignment is thoroughly assessed and commented upon. These comments helped me improve the quality of my writing.
Nisha Purushothaman

Correspondent,
Manorama News, Kochi pnishajeby@gmail.com
I was lucky to be part of MASCOM’s first batch. It was really a turning point in my life. Prof. Thomas Oommen, I would say, is the best journalism teacher in India. My good wishes to all future batches.
Manish Kumar

Sub-editor,
Deccan Chronicle, Chennai candidmanish@gmail.com
MASCOM is in sync with any modern newspaper office. Students at first may find the training hard and crude but they soon discover that they are being trained for actual newsroom situations. The training totally prepares aspiring journalists both for desk and reporting jobs. My experience at the institute is memorable.
Anand Basu

Correspondent,
Reuters, Bangalore basuanand@gmail.com
The training at MASCOM gave me a definite professional head start in my career. Of course, it was excruciating, but every bit of it was well worth it. The training gave me a strong base for pursuing a career in journalism and it instilled in me the discipline necessary to become a journalist.
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