Odia Journalism Day Celebrated | IIMCAA, Odisha

Dear IIMCians,

August 04 celebrated as ‘Odia Journalism Day’ to mark the beginning of Odia journalism on this date. The IIMC Alumni Association, Odisha Chapter organized a programme at Bakul Foundation, Bhubaneswar to celebrate the first Odia Journalism Day. The celebration got a special significance as a book on ‘History of Journalism in Odisha’ written by renowned media academician and Head of IIMC, Dhenkanl Dr. Mrinal Chatterjee was launched.

Noted writer and former Editor Adhyapaka Biswaranjan, senior journalist Ramhari Mishra, and author-journalist Gourhari Das graced the programme as Guests. The Speakers discussed about growth and present scenario of Odia Journalism and its contribution to the society. “Odia journalism played an important role in pre-independence and post independence period. Though technological journalism in Odisha is at par with any other language journalism in India, there is a need for improvement in content,” said Dr. Chatterjee.  August 04 is important for Odia journalism as on this date in 1866 the foundation of Odia journalism was laid with publication of the first issue of ‘The Utkal Dipika’.

Every year, this August 04 will be celebrated as Odia Journalism Day by Indian Institute of Mass Communication Alumni Association, Odisha Chapter. “Next year we will organize a campaign to popularize the day among media fraternity as well as people of Odisha,” informed office bearers of the of the Association. More than 50 members of the Association were present during the occasion.

Thanks & Regards,
Jyoti Prakash Mohapatra
General Secretary, IIMCAA, Odisha
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