Odisha Media Award 2017: 20 Media Professionals Felicitated

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Bhubaneswar: As many as 20 journalists and media specialists in 17 categories, were felicitated with the Odisha Media Award (OMA)- 2017 that was held at Panthanivas here on Wednesday.

Prior to the award ceremony, an open forum ‘South Asia Media Talk’ was organised that aimed to offer the unheard community and young adults a platform to talk about social issues that concern them, their peers and their communities. This open forum allowed common masses and young adults to be heard and seen positively engaging in meaningful debates with media experts from South Asian Countries.

In the first session, the open forum was held on the topic “Is Media alienating itself from Common Man?”. During the session a book entitled “Community Radio for Change” was released by the panelists that included, Dr. Shahid Rasool, Director, CEMCA, Shri. AHM Bazlur Rehman, CEO & Secretary, Bangladesh NGOs Network for Radio & Communication, Shri. Dharmendra Jha, General Secretary, Freedom Forum, Nepal, Shri. MC Rashmin, Director, Srilanka Development Journalist’s Forum, Shri. Debabrata Patra, Regional Manager, ActionAid Bhubaneswar and Shri. Sudhir Pattnaik, Editor, Samadrusti.

The book contains 40 success stories of community radios based on different states of the country.

In the second session, the theme of discussion was “Community Media: Connecting Women, Children & Unheard Communities towards Ascertaining their Rights”. The panelists discussed regarding the scope of community media & social media to ascertaining rights of the under privileged communities , women & children. The discussion was moderated by Lopamudra Tripathy, C4D Officer UNICEF.

In print medium, Bamapada Tripathy, Editor, Samaj was felicitated with the “Editor of the Year” and Dr. Santosh Kumar Mohapatra with the “Columnist of the Year” award respectively.

In television category, “Bada Khabar (Prameya News 7)” was awarded as the “Best Television Show (Current Affairs)”, and Rajashree Sahoo (OTV) was presented with the “Best News Presenter” award.

In the Radio category, Anitya Mohanty, AIR Cuttack was felicitated with the “Best Radio Presenter” award.

In the common category, Anuj Kumar Das, Bibhuti Pati, Amjad Badshah and Aiswarya Parija were felicitated with the Best Reporter (People’s Issue Reporting), Best Reporter (Developmental Reporting), Best Reporter (Developmental Reporting) and Best Reporter (Gender Issue Reporting) awards respectively.

Best Reporters award for Community Reporting were conferred on four awardees, Jitendra Beura (Malkangiri), Sisir Panigrahi (Brahmapur), Bijaya Dwibedi (Bhawanipatna) and Swadhin Meher (Sonepur).

In special category, BJB (A) College bagged the Best Media Institution award.

Rashmi Ranjan Parida, Founder & Director, Odisha Diary Foundation was awarded with the Inspiring Young New Media Entrepreneur. Gyanendra Ratha was awarded with the Cartoon Journalist of the year.

Asit Kumar Satapathy was awarded with the Photo Journalist of the Year award. “Ghar Jana Hai” was awarded as the Best People’s Cause Documentary, Omm.Com News as the Best use of New Media and Samanya Kathan as the Best Blog of the Year.

OMA is an attempt by a group of journalists and development activists committed to the people of Odisha. OMA, is committed to the people of Odisha, intends to facilitate media coverage of people’s causes by recognizing and encouraging journalists and other media persons of the state of Odisha whose work helps highlighting and championing causes of people while passing relevant information for people’s empowerment.