Trying and Failing and Trying again: Work in the Media


  • Rosamma Thomas Freelance Journalist



Journalism, labour, newspaper, news agency, freelance, radio


This paper is an historical auto-ethnographic account by a middle aged journalist who has worked in the English language media in India for about 20 years. English language media staff is among the best paid in the country. Even so, work conditions are far from ideal, and the pandemic this year has rendered several journalists jobless. This is a personal account of one career trajectory that spans book publishing, work on national radio, newspapers and a news agency. Growth prospects are curtailed for women in the news media; one boss at the Times of India¸ India’s largest English daily, told the author that her “body language” betrayed a lack of interest in work.



‘How All India Radio Lost Its Way On Its 80-Year Journey”, June 22, 2016,

‘Prasar Bharti to shut down All India Radio’s national channel, five regional academies’ The Print website, January 4, 2019

Is radio relevant in the 21st century? N Ramakrishnan, The Hindu, January 11, 2018. century/article22423373.ece

‘Why can’t pvt radio broadcast news: Supreme Court to Centre’ Times of India November 14, 2017

‘The Dalit Voice is Simply Not Heard in the Mainstream Media’ The Wire, November 15, 2016.

Here is a link to one report that was not appreciated by the Times of India:’s crow dfunding call https:// 2020/04/02/ world/ asia/modi-india-press-media.html Press freedom in India; article in the New York Times

The Story of our newspapers Chanchal Sarkar, National Book Trust First Edition 1986; third reprint 1997