Rajasthan: 5 media fellowships awarded on social issues

Jaipur: Five journalists have been awarded media fellowships under the joint  Partnership project of Centre for Mass Communication, University of  Rajasthan, and UNICEF Rajasthan on the criteria including innovation, focus, methods and potential journalistic output on social concern issues focusing on child marriages, Child Labour and Swatch Bharat Abhiyan.

The announcement was made today in Jaipur by an eminent jury comprising K G Suresh, Director General of  Indian Institute of Mass Communication, New Delhi, Dr Rajbir Singh ,Director Consortium of Educational Communication-an inter University centre of UGC, Ashok Ogra, Director of Apeejay Institute of Mass Communication; Rajiv Tikoo, Managing Director One World Foundation India; Dr Vipur Mudgal, former Senior Editor of Hindustan Times and Director, Common Cause; Dr Uma Shankar Pandey, IAMCR Ambassador and Head, Department of Journalism, University of Kolkata.

Suchorita bardhan, Communication specialist, UNICEF-Rajasthan also expressed her views for selection.

Prof Sanjeev Bhanawat, Head and Project Chairman of Centre for Mass Communication said that out of nine applicants, five fellows selected are Rakesh Goswami, Chief of Bureau with Hindustan Times, Rajasthan; Amit  Bainath Garg, Sub Editor, Rajasthan Patrika; Deeptarka Mukherjee, Correspondent,-Multi media with Hindustan Times, Jaipur; Dr Tabeenah Anjum, Deccan Herald, Bureau Incharge, Rajasthan; and Babulal Naga, Editor, Vividha Features, are been selected to work in focused districts of Dungarpur, Udaipur and Jodhpur. He said that aim of the fellowship is to strengthen public awareness and engagement on social concern issues.

Kalyan Singh Kothari, Project Secretary said that the five selected Fellows will each receive a stipend of INR 100,000 including expenses to publish news or feature stories and analytically pieces on specified themes over three-months period.