As a part of its CNN Young Journalist Award, which is in its fourth year, news channel CNN has decided to recognise the new emerging concept of Citizen Journalism in Indian television space.
The Award is open for all citizens of India who are not professional journalists, and aims to encourage them to play an active role in the process of collecting and disseminating news and information on issues that have an impact on society.
The entries will be selected from the images/video files broadcast on CNN-IBN between January 1, 2006 and September 30, 2006. The CNN Citizen Journalist Award will be awarded the title ‘CNN Citizen Journalist of the Year’ along with a trophy, a citation and a digital camera.
“With this Award, we are taking our participation with CNN a step forward. News can happen anywhere, any time and at many times in an area where we may not have immediate access, it is the viewer who can provide us with an accurate picture of the actual situation. The initiative, ‘Citizen Journalism’ from CNN-IBN and IBN 7, offers a platform to involve the viewers and make him/her an active participant in the process of newsgathering, making television news truly interactive. Through this initiative, we are trying to emphasise the importance of the role a citizen plays in the newsgathering process, thereby influencing society at large,” said Rajdeep Sardesai, Editor-in-Chief, CNN–IBN.
Apart from the Citizen Journalism Award, the other new category introduced this year is CNN Aspiring Journalist Award, which is targeted at journalism students. Candidates have to submit an essay in 1,000 words on the topic ‘Are Sting Operations Justified?’ The closing date for the receipt of entries is October 12, 2006.
The other regular categories include CNN Young Journalist Award in Television and Print/Online categories. The Award is targeted at young journalists in India and Pakistan within the age group of 22-28 years. The last date for receiving entries is October 12, 2006 for entries from India and October 7, 2006 for entries from Pakistan.
Announcing CNN YJA for the year 2006, Satinder Bindra, Senior International Correspondent, CNN, said, “The award aims at instilling the values and ethics associated with journalism among the young and aspiring journalists of the country. With the addition of the new categories, CNN has reinforced its commitment to recognise and honour individuals involved in the process of newsgathering.”