Pragya Bhatnagar


Hong Kong Baptist University

Masters of Arts in International Journalism Studies

Class of 2018

Current scholar

Previous university/major(s)

Indian institute of mass communication, English journalism

Work and internships

Employer: Press Trust of India

Position: Probationary journalist

Work duration: 2015-16 (1 year 2 months)

Awards and citations

Awarded scholarship to pursue Master of Arts in international journalism from Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong

Read my story here

My first thought when I learned I was awarded this scholarship

My first thought when I learned I was awarded this scholarship was I felt elated but sense of responsibility dawned upon me as I saw my parents and loved ones happy and rejoicing the moment of my success.

I’m interested in trade because

My educational background and work experience has always made me think critically and analytically towards trade. I therefore want to pursue a career in trade to understand and write on various facets of trade.

What this scholarship opportunity means to me

It’s an opportunity to enhance my skills in communicating with people internationally, getting to know about their culture and write about the experience. The offshore college provides an impetus to upgrade my technique in writing to compete with professional globally.

What I’ll bring to my dorm to remind me of home and why

I bring the memories and care of my parents. I bring blessing from my elderly and joyful moments with my friends as well as farewell gifts like posters and written wishes.

My favourite hobbies and other interests I am passionate about are

I am passionate about exploring new cities, their history and culture. Apart from writing, I love sports, all kinds of sports. I have been playing badminton and basketball in Hong Kong but nothing can beat cricket.

My proudest moment achievement so far in life is

When I received the mail saying that I have been awarded scholarship for studying Master of Arts in International Journalism in Hong Kong. I could see excitement and joy in my parents eyes, which means the world to me.

The largest obstacle I’ve ever come across

I have overcome many obstacles in life but the largest one was language. I studied in Odisha, East India, where language was the biggest obstacle. Fear of writing to meet the demand of the industry was another obstacle which I overcame.

My future goal and aspiration include

Goal and aims changes in life. Future is full of surprises. As I am going to work with Hinrich foundation for the next 2 years, I would like to concentrate on task in hand. My future is in writing and analyzing trade and economy.

I plan to give back and help others by

Keeping up with the expectations of my family, my fellow future colleagues and friends. I also plan to help others by doing community services.

Personal statement

Receiving scholarship from Hinrich Foundation to pursue Master of Arts in international journalism in Hong Kong Baptist University has given my life a new dimension. It has given me an opportunity to add a new chapter to my learning experience and community building.

An eminent poet Mattie Stepanek said, “Even though the future seems far away, it is actually beginning right now.

I believe my future is beginning right now as I write.

About Pragya

Hi! I am Pragya Bhatnagar from India, currently studying for Masters of Arts in International Journalism at the Hong Kong Baptist University.

I did my undergraduation in Economics and Ancient Indian History but I was very much inclined towards Journalism. I, therefore, decided to pursue my childhood fascination and joined the Indian Institute of Mass Communication for a Post Graduate Diploma in English Journalism. At the end of the course, I bagged a job at the Press Trust of India (PTI) in the business section.

I worked with the PTI for one year as probationary journalist. PTI helped me a lot in understanding various rules and regulations of markets but I lacked technical and in-debt knowledge to write on different subject related to business and Hinrich Foundation has given me an opportunity to horn my skill, so that I can do well for myself and society in large.