In presence of Bertil Lintner, eminent journalist from Bangkok and the State chief minister Traun Gogoi, over 25 television journalist and media persons were honoured on March 18 with 2nd EMFA Media Awards in a glittering function held at Ravindra Bhawan. The event, organized by the Electronic Media Forum Assam, was sponsored by the State Bank of India and Chief General Manager, SBI-Northeast Circle, Ram Krishna Garg was also present on the occasion as Guest of Honour. Awardees were felicitated with a citation, trophy and a cheque for Rs 10,000/- each.
The awards for team (the channel) went to Frontier TV (Best Graphic team), Khoj of Prime News (Best Programme), Bandhabi of Rang (Best Programme-Women Issues), News Time Assam (Best Sports Reporting), News Network (Best Upcoming channel 2011) where the joint awards went to Anupam Bordoloi (NETV) & Atraye Dey (DY365) for Best Video Editors, Manoj Kumar Deka (Prag News) & Ranjit Rajak (News Live) for Best Reporting on Environment issues, Pankaj Pratim Dutta with camera person Ainul Haque (DY365) & Mujibur Rahman (DY 365) for Reporting on Human Interested Stories, Nabajit Barthakur with camera person Gautam Talukder (DY365) for Reporting on Development issues, Prasanta Mena with camera persons Sanjib, Sunit (NETV) for Reporting on Insurgency issues, Debajit Talukder with camera person Albert Brendo (News Live) for Reporting on Economic issues and Agnib Gogoi with camera person Ramu Basfor (NETV) for Investigative Reporting.
Individual awards were received by Mousumi Bora (News Live) for Best Voiceover, Nabanita Kalita (Prime News) for Best Anchor (Female), Nituamani Saikia (News Live) for Best Anchor (Male), Gautam Hazarika (DY365) for Best Story/ Reporting and Mukut Medhi (CNN-IBN) as Best Camera Person of the year 2011.
Releasing the souvenir titled Taranga, journalist-author Bertil Lintner thanked the organizer for the initiative. The chief minister Gogoi appealed to the media persons for playing a positive role in the growth of the society and also he assured possible cooperation for the media fraternity of Assam.
The welcome address was delivered by Nava Thakuria, president of EMFA, where he insisted that persons attached to the electronic media need special security and care from both the managements and the civil society.
“A true sense round the clock duty, where every second counts for presenting a news item makes the life of a television reporter really stressful. They are also very much vulnerable as they are exposed to the audience or viewers and always carry television cameras, other equipments including DSNG van regularly identifying their channel,” he said.
He admitted that the television journalism is run by the TRP and being an expensive medium, the electronic media has to depend on the audience response that is somehow reflected in the TRP statistics. But there are some programs, or should be few, which needs to be telecast for the sack of the society, our culture and our nation though it may not earn TRP or business, he added.
Earlier a chorus was performed by seven lady journalists. The lyrics are penned by popular Assamese poet Eli Ahmed. A Bihu dance under the guidance of Noopur Academy was also performed on the occasion.
Moreover two audio visuals, produced by EMFA with the help of six lady journalists were also played in the function. The first audio-visual narrated the brief history of television journalism in northeast India, where as the second one depicted the fluorosis menace in many parts of Assam. The lady journalists, including reporter, producer, photo-journalist, camera persons, visited Diphu of Karbi Anglong to study and report about the water-borne disease that is emerging as a major health hazard to the people of Assam.