Mega Virtual Media Fest Vritika 2020 concludes with recognition to value-based journalism

All good things come to an end only to make way for the better things to happen. With that promise, the last day of three-day Mega Virtual Media Fest – Vritika 2020 came to an end on Saturday.

Organised by DME Media School and partnered with Lal Bahadur Shastri Institute of Management, Dwarka, the media fest with tagline ‘unmasking identity in the corona crisis,’ witnessed many engaging competitions ranging from news writing to creative writing, just-a- minute to anchor hunt, photography and mobile filmmaking.

In all there were 16 competitions with large participation from across universities, colleges and institutes from different parts of the country.

The highlight of the third and final day was the felicitation of well known journalists – US Special Correspondent at ABP News, Madhu Bhatia Jha, RJ Sayema Rahman of Radio Mirchi fame and Devina Gupta, Business Reporter, BBC with Ganesh Shankar Vidyarthi Award for their remarkable achievements during the valedictory ceremony.

While expressing her gratitude, RJ Sayema appreciated the event and the efforts put in by students and teachers of DME Media School, Delhi Metropolitan Education. She vouched to follow true principles of journalism as espoused by noted freedom fighter, crusader and journalist Ganesh Shankar Vidyarthi.

Madhu Bhatia Jha, while reminiscing her college days under the mentorship of Dr Ambrish Saxena, said that true journalism is being sacrificed at the altar of glamour and fame of television.

Speaking about the relevance of value-based journalism and the idea behind Ganesh Shankar Vidyarthi Award, Professor and Dean, DME Media School, Dr Ambrish Saxena said, “We wanted to constitute an award that would recognise and acknowledge the achievements of media persons practicing meaningful journalism. The idea was to pick up only those journalists who have embraced journalism as a harbinger of change. And the name of Ganesh Shankar Vidyarthi seemed apt for such an award.”

While welcoming the guests, Professor and Head, DME Media School, Dr Susmita Bala appreciated the efforts of students and faculty members of DME Media School in organising the mega media fest.

Director, DME, Dr Ravi Kant Swami was candid in his remarks when he pointed out how seamlessly the DME Media School has adopted to the virtual mode of Vritika 2020.

“Journalism has to be honest and responsible. Being a judge, I want to tell you all how important it is for us to be unbiased. Every decision, every move, every word should be prejudice-free. The same applies to journalism”, Justice Bhanwar Singh, Director-General, DME, added.

The final day also witnessed four competitions – Media Quiz, Mono Acting, Rap Battle and Dance.


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