Originally posted on my personal blog on January 1, 2021

Today, I complete five years in journalism: one year at The Hindu (my first job, straight out of university), two years at the Hindustan Times — which overlapped with a five-month fellowship at the Wall Street Journal — and two years as a freelancer.

“Data journalist” was my official job description in full-time roles. But I find that term redundant and I don’t like to use it anymore: all journalism should be data-informed and evidence-based. I prefer calling myself just a “reporter”. In part, this identity shift — primarily in…

Samarth Bansal

Freelance Reporter. Programmer. I write words and code. More: samarthbansal.com

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