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Carlos Marquez
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Texas State University Alumna Bharati Naik made it her main goal to get an internship at CNN and that’s just what she did. She is currently a field producer for CNN international but there was a time where Naik considered herself  just another Texas State student with high hopes and ‘traditional’ indian parents expecting her to pursue something in the medical or science field.

She had a deep passion and for news and was very interested in international issues. Naik says the way she got into CNN was simply by wanting it bad.

“You have to show persistence. You have to really dig deep and find out what it is you really want.”

Texas State Associate Professor Susan Weill said Naik was a great student. Professor Well taught Naik while she was enrolled in the graduate program at Texas State. Weil described Naik as being a headstrong student who was always involved.

“She wanted to work for CNN international, that’s what she always wanted to do. She figured out how to do it, and she did it. It was just by hard work.”

Above all, Naik said that the reason she was able to get her dream job was because she literally followed people around until an opportunity presented itself. She said she wouldn’t have gotten anywhere without making great connections with employers.

“It’s important because if they like you, they’ll hire you.”

Naik also says that social networking is a great networking tool but shouldn’t be a main platform for Journalism. Journalists should always strive to create stories that are going to be read on a longer format to really tell the story.

Naik also said the most important trick to Journalism is to simply get involved. She advises all students to participate in the publications on campus such as KTSW because ‘no one will tell you no’; those organizations are there to help students and it’s important to have that experience under your belt.

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