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Appan Samachar gets award from someone else


Patna,(BiharTimes): It is a big news for the people of Bihar. An all-woman rural channel is getting recognition not from the own people, but someone else thousands of kilometres away.

Appan Samachar, an apparently unknown television channel operating from Chandkewari village of Muzaffarpur is among the four alternative media organizations, short-listed for Special Award 2010 by the Britain-based-One World Media, an independent media watch-dog.

It is devoted to highlighting agencies or media organizations in the developing countries that have qualitatively helped to increase awareness level and understanding of pertinent social issues.

The other three organization short-listed for this purpose are Congo’s Rien que la Veritie,The Team from Kenya and Nepal’s Voices.

Reports said that it is after seven long years that an India-based alternate media organization has been chosen for the honour.
It needs to be mentioned that in 2008 the CNN-IBN channel honoured its founder, Santosh Sarang, with its Citizen’s Journalist Award.

Appan Samachar, launched in December 2007 with just four girls, have in this short time made its mark in the rural north Bihar. The passion to inform people and better their lives prompted the all-woman news channel to train some 30 girls in anchoring, news-editing and photographic techniques.
The channel overcomes heavy odds to carry on with its journey, conducting workshops for girls in the villages.

Each bulletin is of 45 minutes duration shown to rural-folk at haats (village market) through a projector.
The bulletins are focused on issues that affects the farmers of the state as also those social ills such as illiteracy, woman empowerment, pollution, human rights,etc.

The short-listed organizations will be hounoured with a certificate. A seminar will be organized at June 23 at King’s Palace, London, that will deliberate amongst other issues, how much organizations could be further strengthened.






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