Nineteen journalists, including The News Today staff reporter Mazharul Islam Mitchel, have won the Poultry Media Award 2018 of Bangladesh Poultry Industries Central Council (BPICC), in five categories for their contributions to poultry-related news published within November 30 last year.
Journalists working for newspapers, news agencies and online, television and radio outlets and poultry magazines received awards for the best reporting on the poultry sector.
Each award includes a certificate, a crest and prize money for the journalists from different media who participated in the competition.
The prize-giving ceremony was held at the Tofazzal Hossen Manik Miah auditorium of Press Club in the capital on Monday noon.
Director General of Department of Livestock Services (DLS) DR. Hiresh Ranjan Bhowmik was present as the chief guest in the event.
Bangladesh Poultry Industries Central Council (BPICC) Vice-President and Managing Director of Quality Feeds Limited Ihtesham B. Shahjahan was present as the special guest.
The ceremony was presided over by BPICC president Moshiur Rahman.
The awards were handed over by the jury board members of the Poultry Media Award-2018: Monjurul Ahsan Bulbul, Editor in Chief, Ekushey Television; Abdul Quayum, Associate Editor, the Daily Prothom Alo; Md. Mofizur Rahman, Professor and Chairman, Department of Mass Communication and Journalism, D.U.; and Shyamal Dutta, Editor, the Daily Bhorer Kagoj.
The awards were given away in a total of five categories.
In print media, the first prize was awarded to staff reporter of The Daily Janakantha, Rahim Sheikh, while senior reporter of The Daily Bhorer Kagoj, Moriom Moni Sejuti, won the second prize.
Mazharul Islam Mitchel, staff reporter of The News Today, received the third prize.
News editor from The Daily Natun Probhat, Sohel Mahbub, was the only person to receive an award in the ‘report of publication of newspaper from outside Dhaka’ category.
In the online category, Abdullah Al Mamun, staff reporter of Jagonews24.com, was the sole winner.
Khorshed Alam Jewel of Agrinews24.com was the only one to receive a prize in the ‘online poultry and agriculture-related magazine’ category.
In the TV and radio categories, the first prize was awarded to Shushant Sinha, special correspondent of Jamuna Television, and the second prize to Maksudul Hasan, senior correspondent of Ntv. The third prize went to Faizul Siddique, agricultural reporter of Chanel 24.
Another prize of ‘Rising Poultry Reporters’ winners are Rangpur Correspondent of Merina Lavli, staff reporter of Ekattur Televesion Mehedi Hasan Dollar, staff reporter of DBC News Ibrahim Pathan, staff reporter of Mohona Television Tanzila Nijhum, senior staff reporter CM Aminul Mozlish, staff reporter of Kaler Kantho Shawkat Ali, senior staff reporter of Jugantor Hamidur Rahman Bhuyian, staff reporter of Samakal Shamshul Haque Mohammad Miraj, senior staff reporter of Ziaul Haque Mizan and business reporter of Independent Sharif Ahmed.
Bulbul expressed satisfaction for huge response from the reporters. He said, besides general poultry issues some important issues like MDG, SDG, Poultry Recycling, Impact of Climate Change on Poultry industry, etc. were covered by the media reports.
Moshiur Rahman said awareness is needed among common people about health and nutritional issues. He said there were negative propaganda and conception about poultry egg and meat.
He expected support from the Ministry of Information for promoting egg and chicken meat in public media.