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Five journalists win media fellowships on life-skills

Jun 03, 2018

The fellowships are being given for sensitising mainstream mass media on the importance of Life Skills for youth.

New Delhi: Five journalists representing various publications and media outlets have been selected for the OneWorld – Dream a Dream Media Fellowships on Life Skills – 2018. The winners include Smita Ramanathan for producing radio programmes for Women’s International News Gathering Services; Sulekha Nair of Firstpost; Prachi Raturi Misra of The Times of India and enewsdesk.in; Parul and Aparna Ramalingam for writing for IANS and The News Minute, respectively.

Selected fellows are required to either produce three radio programmes or write five articles over five months on the theme of life skills. Each selected fellow would receive Rs 1 lakh, which is inclusive of stipend and travel expenses.

Life skills essentially prepare a person to negotiate through various situations that he or she happen to comes across at various places like a school, college or university wherein study skills are required.

Life skills are also handy for enabling people in developing negotiation skills -- be it for buying merchandise or a house. After one completes education, life skills could come handy for enhancing or building the employability for securing a job. Even in the personal sphere of life, these life skills are crucial for starting a family, time management and organizing skills.

The fellowships are being given for sensitising mainstream mass media on the importance of Life Skills for youth with the intention of taking forward the gains from the fellowship for the journalists and convert the understanding of issues gained during the process into real coverage and feed an issue-based advocacy of life skills.

Despite the strong need of an environment, life skills are still mostly out of public discourse. Therefore, a wider recognition and understanding of the need for life skills is the need of the hour. To take the message far and wide, the role of media is very crucial in not only informing people about life skills but also building up a media discourse on the same.

The purpose of the fellowship is to mainstream media awareness around this critical issue and create public opinion and information around it.

The fellows were selected by an eminent jury comprising K. G, Suresh, Director General, Indian Institute of Mass Communications; K.S. Sachidananda Murthy, Resident Editor, The Week & Malayalam Manorama; Nivedita Mookerji, Resident Editor, Business Standard; Pervin Varma, Former CEO, Child Rights & You (CRY); Gulan Kripalani, Development Communications Expert & Film-maker; Tarun Cherukuri, CEO, Indus Action, and Rajiv Tikoo, Managing Director, OneWorld Foundation India.

The OneWorld-Dream a Dream Media Fellowship on Life Skills initiative is being managed by OneWorld Foundation India (OneWorld) in partnership with Dream a Dream, a charitable trust, which empowers young people from vulnerable backgrounds to overcome adversity and flourish in a fast-changing world using a creative life skills approach.

OneWorld is an ICT4D organisation, which specialises in knowledge management, including mainstream media fellowships.

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