Amrita TV’s Best Citizen Journalist-2 Crowned at Grand Finale
Amrita TV’s Best Citizen Journalist-2 crowned at Grand FinaleIn October 2008,Amrita TV had launched its novel reality show, Best Citizen Journalist-2 on prime time with 15 ordinary, but inspired citizens,competing with each other for the top spot. Spread over 64 episodes(Mon-Thu 9.30 pm),contestants filed independent stories in diverse segments, such as, Story Round ,Investigation Round, Anti-Corruption Round, Crusader Round and Special Story Round.
The countdown from 15 contestants to five finalists was done through a process of public voting and jury panel scores—the jury comprising Mr Sasikumar, Chairman, Asian College of Journalism and Mr. M.G.Radhakrishnan, Asst.Editor, India Today, as also celebrity judges who were eminent persons from different walks of life.
At a tightly fought grand finale at Trivandrum,each of the five citizen journalists held the jury and audiences spellbound with their amazing stories and scoops complemented by breathtaking footage ,some being sting operations. The chief of jury panel, Ms Sugathakumari, renowned poet, environmentalist & social activist along with the two permanent jury members had a tough time in finalizing Shaijumon.A as the contestant to wear the crown of Best Citizen Journalist-2 .and bagged a cash prize of Rs 1.5 lakhs. Shaijumon., 27, a postgraduate in Education, works as a lecturer in a BE.d. College in Kollam
The second prize winner, Seena. H.,28 ,an Assistant in Kerala Government Secretariat at Trivandrum, walked away with a cash prize of Rs 75,000.
Mr Sasikumar while announcing the winners complimented Amrita TV to hold the first ever citizen journalist reality show on Indian television, and persist with this initiative into the second season and telecast it as a weekday prime time show
Ms Sugathakumari commended the courage,insight and passion of the CJs for following leads across the length of the state, in search of stories that none had dared to tell, ‘breaking news’ with every report. The prizes were given away by Mr. Mullakkal Rathnakaran, Honourable Minister for Agriculture, Government of Kerala.
The Grand Finale also became the platform for Amrita TV to to honour five veteran journalists for their lasting contribution to journalism,- Ms Leela Menon Mr.B R B Bhaskar ; Mr T V Achyutha Warrier ,Mr.T Venugopal and Mr.V P Ramachandran.;each of whom was bestowed with a memento and cash offering.
The exciting Grand Finale of ‘Best Citizen Journalist-2’, which will be telecast on Feb 21,2009 at 8 pm(IST) on Amrita TV, was held before an elite audience, well sprinkled with IAS and IPS officers and media persons.