Tuesday 9, February 2016

New Delhi – MENA Herald: Aster DM Healthcare, one of Asia’s leading healthcare networks is instituting an annual awards platform for recognising excellence in journalism. Aster Media Awards seeks to recognize outstanding, national and state wide efforts in upholding the highest standards of journalism in selected areas, especially social change.
The Aster Media Awards are conceptualized by Aster DM Healthcare in recognition of the tremendous impact of mainstream media in shaping public awareness, acknowledgement and actions in the respective region. As part of the social responsibility of the Group, Aster DM Healthcare is keen to provide a platform to applaud the efforts of the fourth estate, whose talent, efforts and commitment do not get the due recognition in society.
Dr. Azad Moopen, Founder Chairman and Managing Director of Aster DM Healthcare addressed the media at the Delhi press club commenting, “In a country of 1.2 billion people, journalism plays a key role in keeping check on societal conscience and vision of collective development. The Aster Media Awards will be an annual platform to encourage excellence in journalism that drives social impact at all levels. This needs to be applauded in the purest form – be it stories around protecting the way of life of Indian and international communities, curbing social ills, protecting our environment, educating on health and wellness and inspiring young minds towards education and empowerment of disadvantaged communities by highlighting their cause, CSR and community initiatives and innovations. Aster DM Healthcare is proud to present a platform to encourage talent and efforts of members of the media.”
The Aster Media Awards for the national title will be held in New Delhi, while the state awards will be held in Kerala, this March/April 2016. To celebrate international talent, Aster has named the “Shri Vivekanandan Memorial Award” for the GCC, in honour of the late editor of UAE-based Gulf Today, with the ceremony to be held in the UAE. The winners will be chosen by a respected jury of prominent individuals from across the region, recognised for their experience and intellectual thought. Furthermore, the three categories of the awards do not just factor in location but have different cash prizes. The national awards will be a cash prize of Rs. 10 lakhs, while the state wide awards would be cash prizes of Rs. 5 lakhs and the International (Middle East) Award would be a cash price of AED 25,000.
Applications for the Aster Media Awards will open to the public on 10th February 2016, and will be accepting submissions until 15th March. In order to qualify for the 2016 awards, work must be published in 2015 by an accredited or recognized print or television media. Additionally, applications and nominations by news organisations, full time or freelance journalists should be sent to jury.mediaawards@dmhealthcare.com.