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Itagar, January 5: News & Views Award for Excellence in Jourlism, an annual award, to commemorate the birth of electronic media in Arunchal Pradesh has been instituted under the banner of Frontier Films by its proprietor Taro Chatung, who had produced the 15–minute News & Views news episode.

Influenced by film star Shatrughan Sinha producing weekly news programme, titled "Shotgun Show" for Zee TV, and after learning the first lessons on the basics of TV jourlism and its production at Zee TV’s Mumbai office in 1997, Chatung under an agreement with the Itagar DDK started producing News & Views from July 10, 2000, which came to an end in May 2005 because of policy decision by the DDK at tiol level.

The award carrying a cash of Rs 50,000 and certificate will be given away on January 20, the day NEFA was christened as Aruchal Pradesh (Union Territory) in 1972 at Ziro.

However, the maiden award will be given here, Chatung told organising committee headed by senior jourlist Pradeep Kumar, which met in the Press Club here today.

The criteria for the award included minimum five–year continuous service as a working jourlist in print or electronic media in Aruchal Pradesh, general category within the state of Aruchal Pradesh.

The screening committee, headed by Sahitya Academy awardee, Y D Thongchi, with Mamang Dai, a Padma Shree awardee, IPR director C M Longphong, film maker Moji Riba and social activist Sunil Mow as members, invites three bye–line stories three DVDs of news stories with sigls of channel concerned published/telecast during 2013 and 2014 from the qualifying candidates.

Five hard copies of each write–up/DVD should be submitted to Frontier Films, Mowb–II, Near PWD CE (EZ) office, Itagar by January 13 next.  For any query, one may contact Chatung: M–9862219208. The scrutiny committee will screen the entries on January 15.

The entries are free of cost.

Appreciating the initiative, Dai said that it would go a long way in promoting jourlism in the state, which faces many an uphill tasks to serve the people. Among others APC president Chopa Cheda, senior jourlists Utpal Boruah, Tapan Das and Partha Bhowmik were present during the occasion.

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