Interview Zone: Life of a Page-3 Reporter


Page 3 of any newspaper is important as it consists of celebrity gossip. And Today I have Mr Tausif Khan’s Interview who is not only a page 3 reporter but pretty much famous as well. So here we go.

Moni: Hi Tausif. Welcome to Her_Blog’s interview zone. So shall we start?

Tausif: Sure.

Moni: Well, you are a Renowned Page-3 Reporter so what do you like to read on your own time?

Tausif: Well I like to read but I am a very lazy person and also the work load is too much so all I get to read daily is the newspaper.

Moni: At least you read. So What do you do apart from working as a reporter of Page 3?

Tausif: I own an Academy called Mentor Academy where we take English speaking classes, Personality development, Image Development, Content writing and many more classes. I also train there.

Moni: Tausif indeed that is a great thing. We all know that your work is pretty hard so how do you cope with the stress of tight deadlines?

Tausif: Well here’s the catch! I don’t get stressed at all. I love my job, infact I am doing this job because it fascinates me, so no problems with the tight deadlines because one can do anything when One thinks He can!

Moni: I must say you never fail to impress but, Tausif how do you ensure accuracy in your work?

Tausif: Yes I do. And I dnt take in that terms, I just do it, It turns out accurate anyways 😉.

Moni: Okaay, would you mind sharing some examples of your best work?

Tausif: No! Because my best is yet to come. But I can share some of my good works viz. Interview with Farah Khan, in-depth coverage for Asha Bhosle, Paresh Rawal, Mika Singh, Shreya Ghoshal, KK, Aditi Govitrikar and many such Celeb coverages.


Moni: Will you please describe a time you found and pitched your own story.

Tausif: Sorry Moni, my first story was quite naive. I developed as a writer and m still learning.

Moni: Ok, how often do you use social media? Which sites do you use the most?

Tausif: Not too often, I mostly use it for my work. I have a page for my column on FB. ‘Lokmat Times Party Time Column’ is the name. And another page for my Academy which is ‘Mentor Academy’. So mostly its FB, Insta, LinkedIn and WhatsApp.

Moni: How would you rate your ability to use technology for storytelling within 1-10 (1 being the least)? And along with that what are your strengths and weaknesses in this area?

Tausif: Storytelling via technology? It is a myth anyways. Storytelling is an art from within so technology has most probably nothing to do with it. But still some way it can be useful and I rate it around 3. And I don’t have weakness in any area 😉😎

Moni: Please describe a time you worked with a multidisciplinary team to tell a story.

Tausif: I have always worked with a multidisciplinary team. The only one who was not disciplined in ‘that was me’.

Moni: How has the popularity of the Internet affected your profession?

Tausif: It has affected positively! We are on e-paper now anybody can read my articles from anywhere, you don’t need to have a hardcopy nowadays.

Moni: What are some common myths about the journalism profession?

Tausif: That Journalists are corrupt, they are rude to everyone, they have a very low personal life and all these are just myths. I might agree on the last one though!

Moni: Can you describe a typical day of work?

Tausif: I might write a book on this question! 😅 each day of work is typical for me.

Moni: How familiar are you with your staff writers? Whose work do you follow and why?

Tausif: Well I interact with everyone but there are a very few people I get familiar with. And there are many people whose work I like Mr Yogesh Gole, KM Joseph and Muzammil Bari to name a few.

Moni: Do you feel that is important for someone to be passionate about the journalism profession to be successful?

Tausif: Not just Journalism, One should be passionate in whatever profession he/she might be in. Infact passion is the only tool which helps you give your best shot!

Moni: What awards and/or successes have you received? How important is such recognition to you, personally, and to your career?

Tausif: I always believe that writing is an art and for an artist appreciation is the greatest award. I got critically acclaimed many a times for the quality of my writing. Got the best acclamation when the Director of International Board from US came to me after a show which I compered and said,”You need to be in Hollywood!” Got many awards in sports, Cricket especially. Getting the Best Batsman Award since 4 consecutive years in the annual Inter Press Cricket Tournament.

Moni: What are some of your personal and/or professional goals for the future?

Tausif: I don’t set goals be it personally or professionally. I take each day as it comes. That’s the most exciting part you know, when you take life always unexpected. What if you set a smaller goal for yourself and life has something much more bigger for you? I just enjoy my life day by day as it comes be it good or bad I accept it.

Moni: What has been your personal key to success?

Tausif: My personal key to success? But am not successful yet! Until I have got at least a Harley Davidson and a Range Rover Evoke in my list of vehicles I won’t consider myself as successful!

Moni: So Tausif You prefer Bike or Car?

Tausif: I still love bikes I will always love to ride. Speed thrills anyone and I still prefer a bike ride over a car drive!

Moni: Tell us about your education.

Tausif: My education is still going on! The education am talking about comes from your life experiences, the people you meet and even nature. And for the education you are talking about am a BJ Grad.

Moni: Well Mr Khan it has been a tough discussion, you know that you are handsome so are you married? (Pun intended)

Tausif: Many a times! 😉 (Pun Intended as always!)

Moni: Ok last Question, any message you want to convey to the upcoming journalists?

Tausif: Well I don’t think I have attained that level where I can give this message but being a trainer I will say just do whatever you do with passion and interest. Take any subject any genre but be passionate about writing on it.

Lastly I want to thank you Monidipa ‘Mishti’ Dutta! You are doing a great job and as always you are too good in whatever you do! GOD BLESS you always!

Well, I should thank you Tausif for taking your time out for this interview. I am glad you gave such an interesting interview

So Everyone this was Mr Khan. I hope you will enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed taking his interview.

See you on Wednesday.


55 thoughts on “Interview Zone: Life of a Page-3 Reporter”

  1. My favorite part of this interview was him saying he does not get stress because he loves what he do and writing is an art. People do not see how important it is to have a career in something they love.

  2. I didn’t know that page 3 was the celebrity news. It’s nice that he loves his job and doesn’t find it stressful. Most journalists I know are always on the move, researching, writing, editing, so that their work can get in the paper before it goes to print.

  3. Great interview. I like what he said about being passionate about your niche/field. Also that he takes each day as it comes. Cause if you limit yourself to just your goals, you might miss something better that the universe would love to give you. Some food for thought.

  4. Geraline Batarra

    This is such a nice post and such an awesome interview. Reading other experiences will also help you to grow and be determine in every task that you may do. Aside from I like his advised that everyone of us should be passionate in every profession that they want.

  5. Ha! I guess you could have called me a PAGE 3 reporter back when I first moved to LA as I was an entertainment reporter for about 4 years. Not anymore though because I really don’t care about celebrities AT ALL and my blog took over my life, but I can relate to a lot of what Tausif is saying!

  6. I’m not really a fan of newspapers but this article caught my attention. It’s refreshing to read about the life of reporters behind their entertaining articles.

  7. again i got good stuff from your post, as usually it nice and interesting interview…great …do post such inspiring post for us

  8. I love the fact he says that his education is still going on! There’s no limit to what we can learn from life experiences.

  9. I have to ask what is a page 3 reporter? Over here page 3 is known for being the page women get their breasts out on and I don’t think that’s what this means? What a great interview 🙂

  10. Kristine Nicole Alessandra

    It sounds like being a reporter is really a hard work to do but also interesting. The interview really went well and I can see how he so passionate with his works.

  11. This is an interesting interview. A lot of people feel like the switch away from paper to E-Reading is a negative. I really like that the Interviewee thinks that this is a positive thing and highlighted why as well. This was a very well done interview. Thanks for posting!

  12. Great interview! I studied journalism in university. It is true that that stereotype exists. I suppose journalists never want to seem biased, so they have a rather standoffish way of being. However I think unbiased reporting is good and very needed.

  13. Catherine Santiago Jose

    Such a great interview and it really went well very well. I am not a reporter but I learned and understand from this article how hard this work is, thanks for sharing!

  14. Interesting one. I didn’t know more about him but after reading this I can say that now I know Mr. Tausif Khan up to some extent. Very well detailed interview and he seems to be very down to earth person. Totally enjoy this read.

  15. Such a nice interview. It is so hard to become a reporter but with passion and dedication, everything becomes easy for him.

  16. Great interview. I can relate to the topic about being passionate. It is hard to reach success when you don’t have an interest in what you are doing.

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