Assignment 1: What Challenges are you facing and how are you overcoming them?
Dear Mentors and fellow Correspondents,
I will start. The main problem I am facing is getting hold of the subject of the interview. Two women have not responded yet. Fortunately, one has responded and I am waiting for her to connect me with the main subject of the interview (a girl who protested dowry).
My first choice, however, is a woman who used to be a domestic help to my mother. She was poor but she was quite educated and strong. She used to teach in the slums too! But there are problems:
(a) contacting her is a difficulty as domestic helps usually do not keep in touch with previous employers
(b) the poor are usually skeptic of journalists
(c) she might be prevented by her husband to appear for "interviews"
(d) there is a growing mistrust between the rich and the poor in my country
In any case, I am organizing things so that as planned, I am done with conducting interviews within this month. 1st week of July, I would want to spend time drafting and polishing my article with my Editorial Mentor.
What are your plans?
What challenges are you facing and how are you overcoming them?
What suggestions do you have for me in order to get around this "reaching out" problem?
Stay safe and best wishes to all!