Kamolchanok Pikulthipsakorn, a fourth-year student from the Department of Mass Communication, Faculty of Communication Arts, Chulalongkorn University, recently won the “True Visions – BBC World News Future Journalist Award 2017 (FJA15)” for the Bangkok Metropolitan Region..
When asked, Kamolchanok said that this program gave her the opportunity to participate in activities outside the classroom that allowed her to develop her skills and follow her dreams. Although her primary goal is to become a news broadcaster and not a print journalist, this program provided fundamental experience of how to become a good reporter. Kamolchanok believes that in pursuing any career, you should know the core of the profession. If she were to become a journalist, she is ready to take on the job and deliver news in a truthful way to help develop Thai society.
The True Future Journalist Award 2017 offers 30 selected participants, including Kamolchanok, to intern at TNN24, a Thai satellite, cable and digital news channel owned by True Corporation. The one-month internship provides an opportunity to take part in news coverage, writing stories, translation, interviews and, most importantly, implement the knowledge acquired from the Faculty of Communication Arts into the workplace. Participants do not only practice theoretical and practical knowledge, but are also allowed to execute solutions for real-time problems.
Now, Kamolchanok would like to tell Chula students to follow their dreams and challenge themselves and grab every opportunity that comes their way. Although studying in classrooms is important, involving oneself in extracurricular activities to increase knowledge and gain experience is also vital.
“A big thanks to my professors at the Faculty of Communication Arts that pushed me to think outside the box and encouraging students to participate in activities. If I hadn’t known about this program, I would have missed an important opportunity to follow my dreams,”said Kamolchanok.