Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Aug 5:
Soumya Ranjan Patnaik, Editor of ‘Sambad’ and Chairman of the Eastern Media Group, would receive the first-ever Odisha Media Award in the Inspiring Media Entrepreneur category to be conferred on August 8.
Tathagat Satpathy, Editor of Dharitri and Orissa Post, would get the award as the ‘Best Editor’, the organisers said on Tuesday.
A total of 18 awards will be given away in various categories, the other winners being Kishore Rath- Cartoonist of the Year, To Aganara Tulasi Mun (Sarthak TV)- Best Show-Fiction, Satya Ra Samna ( Zee Kalinga TV)- Best Show-Non Fiction, Apana Eka Nuhanti (Orissa TV)- Best Innovative Programme, Swayam Prakash Mahapatra- Best Newscaster, Mo Pasand (AIR, Cuttack)- Popular Radio Program, Daria Parira Katha, Odia Radio (Internet Radio)- Best Innovative Radio Programme, Rj. Sangram -Popular Radio Jockey, Dillip Subuddhi- Best Reporter (People’s Issue Reporting), Basudev Mahapatra- Best Reporter (Environmental Reporting), Jatindra Dash-Best Reporter (Developmental Reporting), Rojalin Pradhan, Konark & Amitabh Patra, Bargarh- Best Reporter (Community Reporting), Indian Institute of Mass Communication (IIMC), Dhankanal- Best Media Institution & Samarendra Das- Best Peoples Cause Documentary.
A panel discussion on the topic “Is Journalism entering the phase of Activism?” will be organised on the occasion of the award ceremony in which panellists from different social and media background along with representatives from international agencies like UNESCO, UNICEF, World Federation of CR Broadcasters, Action Aid, CEMCA will join the session.
Senior journalist and media activist Chandra Mishra will moderate the session. Agencies like Young India, Action Aid, Community Radio Association of India, CEMCA are organising the event.
Nominations for the award started on February 5, 2015.
Odisha Media Award (OMA) is an attempt by a group of journalists and development activists committed to the people of Odisha. The primary objective of OMA is to facilitate media coverage of people’s causes by recognising and encouraging journalists and other media persons of the state of Odisha who through their work have championed causes of people while passing relevant information to empower the ordinary man.