By Imran Inamdar
Goa:- Resident editor of Daily Gomantak times Shashwat Gupta Ray has won two government awards for his excellent contribution in the field of journalism .Awards ceremony was held on November 16 at Menezes Braganza Hall where Goa chief Minister Manohar Parrikar was the chief guest.
GT editor Shashwat has won the awards for his reporting in public health and hygiene “Listeria Occurrence more in shell fish than in fin fish and for his article on art and culture titled view the history of Indian Cinema theory through the lenses of past.”
The selection of awards was done under the Goa state Journalists Awards scheme by the Department of Information and publicity.
42 year old Shashwat is extending his services in the field of journalism since last 15 years he worked for Pune Sakal, Tahelka and other media houses as senior reporter.
In his conversation with Millattimes.com Shashwat expressed himself wholeheartedly and said that It feels great because such awards are given away through a competitive process , It is unbiased and thoroughly scrutinized .which indicates that quality work gets recognition at highest level, he added.
Gupta further said, Dedicated journalists do not need awards but awards are important to acknowledge their quality work. Many times during the course of work,one faces mid career crises standing at a four road crossing. When such awards come their way these act as confirmation, yes we are on the right track .
Commenting on dominance of social media and special stories he said, Importance of special stories was felt much before advent of social media .Early 2000 private electronic media started to show up.They grew larger in size and chopped off a huge advertisement pie meant for print media.
He further said , special stories are being done to give something different to read and keep its relevance in tact. It also helps to explore untouched isssues in depth.
Gupta is known as true and dedicated journalist , recently his team visited Valpoi town based two Madarsas for special story purpose and tried to clear the misconceptions and flashed all the positive points of Madrasa and true picture of Islam which are generally not highlighted by the media.