Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Sept 2:
Well-known television journalist and chief of the Odisha bureau of CNN-IBN news channel Jajati Karan has won the prestigious Ramnath Goenka Award for excellence in journalism for the year 2011.
Karan has won the award in the category of investigative journalism for his investigative reports for his channel in 2011 on the mammoth mining scam in Odisha.
The Ramnath Goenka Awards, presented annually to journalists in fourteen different categories, recognize exceptionally good work in reporting in both the print and electronic media.
He will be presented this award at New Delhi (at ITC maurya hotel) by the Lok Sabha Speaker- Smt Sumitra Mahajan on 9th of September. Jajati will be the first Odia journalist working in Odisha to get this prestigious national award.
Every year 14 deserving journalist are selected by a team of eminent jury members after rigorous process of evaluation for this award in 14 different categories of reporting like political, regional media, environment, poverty, investigative reporting, civic issues, business, sports, films, books etc. Apart from the trophy and certificate, each awardee is also presented a cash award of Rs one lakh. The award is presented every year by the Indian Express Group and the Ramnath Goenka Foundation to celebrate the finest in Indian Journalism.
Karan, who started his career with the Orissa Television (OTV) in the 90s, worked for Sahara TV before joining as the head of the Odisha bureau of CNN IBN.
Credited with a number of exclusive stories based on in-depth investigations, Jajati Karan is considered one of the finest journalists in television journalism in the country.
Jajati has over 18 years of experience in TV journalism and is also the first Odia journalist to get the prestigious Chevening Scholarship by British Government in 2007 through which acquired work experience at BBC London and Manchester. He is also the only Odia journalist to get the Asia Journalism Fellowship in 2011, awarded by the Singapore Government to get training and work experience in the Singapore media.
He is an alumnus of Indian Institute of Mass Communication (IIMC), Dhenkanal and a post graduate in English Literature from Ravenshaw College, Cuttack.
Jajati Karan is a native of Rajkanika block in Kendrapara district of Odisha and is the youngest son of Kunjalata Karan and Ghanashyam Karan.