Intern’s Diary: ‘Everyone At HumAngle Is Kind And Funny’
Experience narrated by Fatima Mustapha Ali, a reporter with Borno-based media organisation, Yerwa Express, currently interning at HumAngle.
As I entered the building on Wednesday, I asked the security to take me to HumAngle Media’s office. He asked for my name and if I had an appointment.
He then went in and came back after some minutes to invite me in. He took me straight to the CEO’s office which I identified by the title on the door. The CEO welcomed me and took me to the boardroom.
Anita, the Managing Editor, was presiding over a training session with other members of the newsroom in attendance.
I actually expected to see so many guys but I only saw one and it surprised me because back at Yerwa Express News (YEN), we are just two ladies amongst many male staff members.
I joined the training and listened as Anita talked about research and gave wise points on the topic. After the meeting, she took me around and introduced me to everyone. She then took me to the newsroom and asked me to choose a seat.
I already knew first days to be boring, so I just busied myself with finding out more about HumAngle. I checked the website and started reading their stories in order to better understand how they work. There is just a slight difference with YEN, so I don't have much problem understanding it. But HumAngle focuses more on the experiences of the less-privileged or troubled communities and shares their pain with everyone.
Aishat Babatunde, also a reporter at HumAngle, explained very clearly how to write and source for humanitarian stories and even gave me story ideas, which I am thankful for.
The next day I went, I was asked to join a Twitter space hosted by the newsroom. The discussion was about the ‘Abuja-Kaduna train attack’ and so many people shared their opinion.
Afterwards, I continued checking the net. At minutes past 4 p.m., the CEO, Mr Ahmad Salkida, came and introduced himself, describing himself as a reporter. I had heard about him from my Editor-in-chief and my father though, and knew he was joking. Mr Salkida then told me to write about my experience and expectations.
Everyone was nice, kind, and funny.
Edited by: ‘Kunle Adebajo