An International News Editor with Istanbul-based TRT World News Mohsin Majid Mughal started his journalism career from Srinagar. In an interaction with Benish Bhat, Mughal recounts his journey from Kashmir to Turkey.
Television journalism has always fascinated Mohsin Majid Mughal, and quite early in his teens he wanted to be a part of it.
“The visual medium was always attractive and I always wanted to be a journalist,” says Mughal.
Focussed and dedicated, Mughal began working on his career path quite early in life. Soon after his schooling from Tyndale Biscoe School, Mughal started freelancing in media. Radio Kashmir was his first media school which he began freelancing for while pursuing a bachelor’s course in mass communication and TV production from Government Degree College Baramulla.
“I used to do programmes on Radio Kashmir, the General Service, and the Yuwavani. Simultaneously I would do voice overs for TV documentaries and write for local newspapers,” says Mughal.
Currently working as an International News Editor for TRT World News in Istanbul, Turkey, his journey from Kashmir to Turkey is one of hard work and determination. In between, he has worked with many reputed national and International media houses.
Being a journalism pass out from Kashmir, he says, was never a handicap while competing outside, though he believes that journalism education required substantial improvement here.
“There were not many avenues to equip a journalist technically well. We did not have a proper studio at the University, which, I believe has changed now. However I was fortunate enough that I got opportunities to work while studying,” says Mughal a gold medallist in college, a feat he repeated in his post-graduation in mass communication from the University of Kashmir.
In his early days Mughal worked with Srinagar-based Associated Media, and EMMRC, University of Kashmir, and says that these two places helped him in getting first-hand training in electronic media. Mughal’s major break was his internship with CNN-IBN and then landing a job with News X.
As part of his master’s he interned with CNN-IBN but had to return to complete his degree. Soon after, he came to know about a new news channel, News X.
“I remember meeting Parvaiz Bukhari, one of the finest journalists. He told me about a channel that was in the making and asked me to send my resume. I did and got a call for interview,” said Mughal.
After a few rounds of gruelling discussions, Mughal was hired as a reporter, but just a few months into its launch, he was on-air as a news anchor and would report from across India on major breaking stories. Then, there was no looking back.
“After a few years at News X, I moved to Bangalore where we launched South India's first English news channel. I was a senior producer there and the primetime face of the channel. It was a great challenge but a far more enriching experience. It taught me the editorial management side of TV news medium,” says Mughal.
Later, he returned to Delhi and joined Headlines Today, now known as India Today TV. While in Delhi, he got an offer from CCTV News International, China and moved to Beijing.
“I lived in China for almost five years. It was enriching to have lived and experienced China first hand,” says Mughal who left Beijing in 2015 and moved to Istanbul to join the newly launched TRT World.
Mughal credits his success to support and encouragement from his parents.
“I was never pushed into becoming a doctor or an engineer, not that I have any disregard for doctors or engineers, but my freedom of choice was never limited to these two options.I was always encouraged to think different and do what I was convinced of,” said Mughal.
For youngsters interested in a journalism career, Mughal emphasises on practice and hard work.
“A formal degree in journalism helps you learn a lot, but it is the practical know-how that takes you there. Try and associate yourself with people in the field, we have many good hands in Kashmir, aspiring journalists must find themselves a mentor in each one of them. That’s going to change the deal in their favour,” says Mughal.