**Bhubaneswar:** In a bid to recognise the contribution media professionals to the society, a City-based forum – ‘[email protected]’ awarded journalists from across the State in a function here on Friday.
The award ceremony titled – ‘Media Excellence Awards’ honoured media personnel from different segments such as the print, broadcast (television and radio) and online news services.
Among the awardees in the ‘Print’ category were, Siba Mohanty – Best Reporter (English), Sandip Pani – Best Reporter (Odia), Ranjan Rath – Best Feature Writer (Odia), Himanshu Guru – Best Feature Writer (English), Utkal G Nanda – Best Cartoonist cum Illustrator and Sanjib Das – Best Photo Journalist.
In the ‘Television’ category awards were given away to Ajit Singh – Best Reporter, Sitam Moharana – Best Video Journalist, Bhabani Mohapatra – Best Anchor (Male) and Gayatri Mohanty – Best Anchor (Female).
Senior journalist, Bsudev Mahapatra was awarded as the Best Web Journalist in the ‘Digital’category and Sangram Mishra received the Best RJ’s award. Sarat Mishra was conferred with the Lifetime Achievement Award. Subhra Priyadarshini was awarded in the ‘Outside Odisha’category at the ceremony.
The jury for the awards comprised of eminent journalists, academicians and noted personalities from different walks of life. Friday’s event was the first edition of Media Excellence Awards organised by the PNV Foundation.
Minister for Department of Agriculture, Damodar Rout, Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee president, Prasad Harichandan, Editor-in-chief of Sambad, Soumya Ranjan Patnaik, former lawmakers Kharbela Swain and Pratap Sarangi were present as guests on the occasion.