I am inspired by those who follow ethics: Ankita Anand

From covering pain of rural people in Chattisgarh, to suffering of Cooper workers of Zambia and sufferings of Gold workers in Zimbabwe Ankita Anand is a journalist known for her great works

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Ankita Anand is a world famous Journalist.
From covering pain of rural people in Chattisgarh, to suffering of Cooper workers of Zambia and sufferings of Gold workers in Zimbabwe Ankita Anand is a journalist known for her great works.
She has been a recipient of the prestigious European Commission’s Lorenzo Natali Media Prize, the Statesman Award for Rural Reporting, and the UNFPA-Laadli Media .
A bit about your early days?
I grew up in different small towns in Bihar and Jharkhand, raised by my maternal grandparents. I am glad that as children we used to have a lot of unstrcutured time on our hands. It allowed us to think, daydream, and encouraged our curiosity and creativity.
How did you develop your passion of becoming a journalist?
In 2014, when the ruling government came into power, there was polarisation all around. We were speaking at rather than to each other. It was as if we had forgotten how to use language. I felt like I needed to unlearn everything I knew, to listen more than I spoke. That’s when my editor gave me my first reporting assignment (at the time I was writing opinion pieces and essays for the magazine), and I felt this could be an excellent opportunity to hear from people directly.
What are the latest trends in modern journalism?
I am quite fascinated by interactive media, and graphic novel-like reportage that closely intergates visuals and text.
Data journalism, collaborative reporting, and open source investigations have also gained a lot of ground in recent years.
How difficult it is to be unbiased in journalism?
It is not possible to be unbiased. What we can do is to be aware of our biases and be honest about them.
Your inspirations?
I am inspired by those who follow ethics and also question rigid rules and systems that aren’t in line with those ethics, paving their own path in journalism or in any other field they might be working in.
What are your current works?
A research project related to feminist journalism, and an investigation to do with climate claims.
A bit about your prestigious awards?
I am immensely grateful for every award I have received. They helped me overcome my self-doubt to some extent, lent me credibility as a freelancer at times, and gave monetary support at others.
Your investigation based writings have been much successful, how did interest develop in that ?
I have been since childhood having lot of curiosity. I used as a child out of acute curiosity drop vitamin tablets in flower pots that they will grow swiftly. In 2014 when new Government came there began a lot of polarization in society and people stopped even talking to one another. I also thought that Journalism is lot about listening rather than speaking . All this shaped in me traits to go for investigation traits as Journalist.
Your message ?
Peace is for ourselves, performance is often for others. If our performance is not giving us peace, it is time to re-evaluate our motivations.

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