When children took over the DNA newsroom…

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It was a perfect prelude to Children’s Day at DNA as young talented minds of Mount Litera School International (MLSI) visited the newspaper’s office in Mumbai on Monday. Thirteen students from the school, accompanied by their teachers and Navyata Goenka, Advisor at the school, visited the office to understand how a newspaper is made, before a copy lands at their house in the morning.

The exercise began with a detailed session with the editors of the paper — which worked as a sort of orientation for the students to help understand how a newsroom functions, how stories are written, the highs and lows of the whole process. Fascinated after finding out that lakhs of copies of the paper are printed every day, the wide-eyed but inquisitive students wanted to know more about each aspect of the process — from the editorial to the production stage. “Do you have enough ink to print these many papers every day?” asked a student, leaving everyone in splits.

They also wanted to know how journalists approached celebrities. “How do you approach celebrities like Shahrukh Khan for an interview?”

“Have there been times when you spoke to celebrities and they did not answer a particular question?” asked a student. The journalists in the room said a sheepish “yes.”

Soon after, students took a tour of the DNA office at Lower Parel where they got to see first-hand the workings of each department. “Is this where all the cartoons are made?” asked a student pointing towards the digital drawing board. They were excited to see how a page looked like before it went for printing. They also got to see how all the elements of a newspaper – text, photos, illustrations – are put together. This was followed by an interactive session with cricketer Shreyas Iyer who shared his career journey with the students. After learning about how a print newsroom works, students also got to visit the news channel Zee 24 Taas where they were told about the functioning of a TV channel, and how television programmes are created.

“It was such a good experience to know what goes behind what we read and what we see every day,” said a student as she bid us goodbye. We wished them aloud: “Happy Children’s Day.”

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