Jharkhand: Citizens Foundation announces media fellowship after Padmashree awardee

Ranchi: Citizens Foundation, a non-government organization headquartered in Ranchi having operations in multiple states, on Saturday announced fellowship scheme exclusively for journalists to provide them platform for pursuing path-breaking stories in the field of art & culture, gender equality and role of Panchayati Raj in social development. The fellowship is named after Padmashree winning journalist of Jharkhand, Balbir Dutt.

The NGO has partnered with the Ranchi Press Club (RPC) for this mission. Talking to, Citizens Foundation’s secretary Ganesh Reddy said that their organization has entered into 25 years of operation this year beginning from a humble start.

“In course of celebration of 25 years of existence towards nation building and development process, we are running host of programmes aimed at inclusivity. The fellowship programme is one towards that direction to provide strengthen to journalist fraternity and scribes in this state to pursue stories that are relevant to the state and society. This is also our way of extending cooperation to the fourth pillar of democracy,” he said.

The fellowship will provide a grant of Rs 50,000 each to three journalists who will be selected by a panel set up for the cause to scrutiny the applicants followed by an interview.  The selected ones will have to write/cover stories related to their selected topics. Officials informed that the application for the fellowship will be available from March 10 onwards on RPC’s website.

RPC president and a veteran editor of a vernacular daily Sanjay Mishra in his address during the formal launch of the programme at Ranchi Press Club said that they are constantly working towards making the press club a one-stop centre for overall development for the journalists.