IBN18 announces ‘Citizen Journalist Awards’

New Delhi : IBN18 has announced a unique platform where the most sensational and powerful news is unearthed by none other than the common man who brings about a change in the system for a better tomorrow.

To honour these courageous citizens from various walks of life who took a step ahead to bring the most credible news, IBN18 in association with IDEA Cellular presents the 3rd edition of the Citizen Journalist Awards. The award ceremony will be held on 19 January 2011 in New Delhi.

Watch the nominees’ special episodes from January 8 – 23, 2011 every Saturday on CNN-IBN at 9:30 pm; IBN-Lokmat at 6:30 pm and every Sunday on IBN7 at 10: 30 pm.

The Citizen Journalist (CJ) Awards will be given in six different categories : Fight Back CJ – A category where CJ’s can fight for their rights or against any wrong they see around them Save Your City – A category where the CJ’s highlight city-centric problems.Be the Change CJ – This category witnesses participation from volunteers who experience the problem first hand and brings about a change in the system.Fight for her Right: A special category instituted to provide a platform to the forgotten and ignored section like girl child to voice their concerns and issues.CJ Video – This category highlights alert CJs, who have a mobile camera at their disposal and have clicked videos about the issues that affect society.CJ Photo – The category where CJs reported a story using a picture to communicate the issue.

The award adheres to a 2-tier selection process involving The IBN18 Editorial Board that generates a list of nominees across these six categories & The Jury comprising Eminent Citizens who select the final Citizen Journalist Award winners.

Speaking about the initiative, Rajdeep Sardesai, Editor-in-Chief, CNN-IBN, IBN7 & IBN-Lokmat, said, “IBN18 Network salutes the spirit of these Citizen Journalists by honoring them in the 3rd edition of Citizen Journalist Awards. It is an exceptional platform to pay a tribute to civil heroes of the society who reported fearlessly and dared to raise their voice against injustice and all odds of society for a better tomorrow.”

Speaking about the award, Ashutosh, Managing Editor, IBN7, said, “We at IBN18 are delighted to announce this prestigious award as we believe these awards will recognize the efforts of the fearless individuals of our society. The Citizen Journalist Awards is a token of our gratitude to recognize the unparallel efforts taken by these courageous individuals.”

Enumerating about the award, Nikhil Wagle, Editor, IBN-Lokmat, said “The Citizen Journalist is an empowering tool given to the citizens of India. It provides a platform to these daring heroes to fight for justice. It is a noteworthy initiative taken by the IBN18 Network to publicize the daring acts by bona fide champions of the society.”


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