Article by Duurt Dijkman – Founder at MsportXtra
In this day in the era of social media, info is quick to find but you can’t always find the whole story, so you are left to guess what happened. In that case, the old fashioned journalists are there to bring us the whole story as they spend very long hours, chasing the news and bring us the in-depth version of the action as it unfolds. One of those journalists is Darshan Chokhani. He’s a very good freelance writer and his work can be enjoyed on a daily basis as he writes for Formula Rapida. ( https://formularapida.net/
“Info is quick to find, but you can’t always find the whole story”
Q1. First of all, to most, being a journalist seems to be the best job in the world as you get to interview drivers and team members and are very close-up to the fast world we all love, but how does your average day look like during a Grand Prix weekend?
Q2. What are the upsides and downsides of being a motorsport journalist?
Q3. You have been to a number of Grand Prix as a journalist. Is it a world of friendships or is it every journalist for him or herself? And how do you cope with that?
Q4. You are always able to get the latest stories in a very fast time. Having connections helps a lot but how much time does it take to maintain such connections ?
Q5. As someone who uses social media a lot, I know how fast news can be found and shared but does social media have a positive or negative effect on your work?
Q6. To inspire journalists, who want to work in motorsport, are there any tips you are able to give them?
Darshan – I am still in that stage as well but the things I have learnt, one of the most important thing is to be humble. It will work wonders and people will remember you longer which is much needed in the business. Determination and perseverance are key factors too, you have to keep at it, even if it costs you some of your social time, especially at the start of your career as sacrifices leads to success – at least in my case it has worked that way. Also, do not try to act over-smart and cut the line in the business, take it one step at a time.
Q7. On a more personal note, as a journalist, what is your most precious moment in your career so far?
“European races and Japan are still on my bucketlist”
Q8. What are your goals for the future?
Darshan – The dream is always big. I wish to cover all races one day and get that feeling of tiredness, whether mental or physical.
Q9. If you had the resources to go to any Grand Prix, which one would it be?
Q10. Last question. If you had the chance, which driver, current or former, dead or alive, would you like to interview and why?
Darshan – Again a difficult question. I’ll try and answer still. I wouldn’t go far back in time and be more relevant, since I have seen Michael Schumacher in person and also speak to media, the one I haven’t been able to is Ayrton Senna. So, I think, he will be the one, whom I would like to speak to, especially since he seems like a no-nonsense person and it will be a challenge to perhaps get answers from him.