GUWAHATI | DECEMBER 7, 2017
Four children from Meghalaya have been awarded the Media Fellowship Award in Assam for their good work in reporting practices. Children in Media Experiments (CHIME) is an initiative of the department of Journalism and Mass Communication in partnership with UNICEF Assam to introduce Participatory Media through the use of different forms of media technologies. Children issues are usually kept sidelined in the mainstream media except providing them a minimum space in the press and other forms of media outlet. This initiative of the K.K Handique State Open University Assam and UNICEF (Assam) will help to address the issues related to children (both urban and rural) of Meghalaya by creating awareness of the use of alternative media in showcasing their issues through the form of storytelling. This project also thrives to document the issues of children in the state by students of mass communication and other social sciences, who are the future media practitioners. This exercise of documentation and media training will also help the prospective journalists to understand the nuances of Ethical Journalism.
The names of Community Children Reporters from Meghalaya who received the Media Fellowship Award are: Donkupar Kharpran, Rijied Nongdhar, Kerlang Nongkhlaw and John Khyriem. They all belong to very humble backgrounds.
IN PICTURES BELOW: Community Children Reporters receiving Media Fellowship award at Central Hall,Assam Legislative Assembly under the category of Young Reporters from Sri Hitendra Nath Goswami, Hon’ble Speaker ,Assam Legislative Assembly and Sri Debabrata Saikia, Leader of Opposition on 7 Dec, 2017