Ratnadip Choudhuri, Principal Correspondent with Tehelka, has bagged the Northeast Environmental Journalism Award, 2013, organised by Assam Times, the organisers have informed. This is the first edition of the award, which will be handed to the recipient at the Guwahati Press Club on 5 June, World Environment Day by eminent members of the media and research communities. The award ceremony will be held at 1 pm.
This award, initiated by Assam Times, is for journalists in the northeast reporting on issues of the environment that are critical to the people of the region. “This award is to facilitate and encourage consistency and commitment to environmental journalism in the northeast, something that is so crucial for this region. We congratulate Ratnadip on his excellence and as the winner of this award,” said Babul Gogoi, Managing Editor of Assam Times.
“The need is to link science and policy in environmental reporting so that the reader is aware informed about how we, as humans, interact with our surroundings and not just nature. This region is developing fast and it is imperative that we understand how we develop in harmony with our environment. The media plays critical role in this and we would like to enhance this role through the award,” said Kazu Ahmed, Trustee of the Assam Times Foundation.
The winner, Ratnadip Choudhuri, hails from Tripura and holds a masters degree in journalism from Tripura University. He has previously worked with a range or media organisations including Northeast Sun, BBC, NewsX, News Live etc.
Assam Times is a new media collective facilitating a democratic media through community and citizen journalism. It is based in Guwahati and New Delhi.