What comes to mind when you think about your studies at HMKW?
When I think of my time at HMKW, the first thing that comes to mind is the red brick building on Ackerstr. which has come to be the site of many memories moments and laughter.
Why did you decide to study “M.A.Convergent Journalism”? And what made you choose HMKW Berlin?
I was looking for a program that would fit my need; I was searching for an amalgamation of theory and field practice, and I am really glad to say I got both. I was able to learn a lot about video and audio editing and producing, something that was absolutely alien to me. The ‘Convergent’ in the name of the program was what truly got my attention. I chose HMKW because I looked at a lot of programs around EU and inside Germany and this particular course outline was inspiring.
Did you get any work experiences prior to your master studies that you would like to share with us?
Yes, I worked at one of Pakistan’s leading English newspapers for their online and offline national news. I was part of the team leading the 2018 Pakistan Elections coverage which ran more than 40 hours. I believed it was pertinent to know some practical know-how of the field I inspired to be in, and I worked at the news desk for almost two years before bidding farewell to travel to Germany.
Which seminar/project did you like the most so far?
This one is a tough one, primarily because I really enjoyed the struggles and successes of all the projects we did. I think I particularly liked our coverage of re:publica 2019 mostly because it was a great conference and I met a lot of important influential voices from all over the world. I also really enjoyed the Talent Campus Video workshop because I was a multimedia rookie when I entered HMKW and because of the seminars and a push from our professors, I can now do a whole lot more than before.
What was it like to be part of the workshop Talent Campus_Video? What did you like most about it?
There was a particular day when Jost Listemann was teaching us how to shoot different angles of a person walking down the stairs depending on what tone and context you wanted to give the scene. It was so difficult to capture the right way to tell a story and it was so so rewarding when we did get it right. I think that is the one moment I will remember, Jost was so patient with us, encouraging us to experiment. It was real fun.