Chennai: Contending that journalists are facing numerous challenges, including a highly competitive media, Governor K. Rosaiah said the onus is on the journalists to rise up to the occasion and prove their mettle.
Giving away awards to journalists at the 15th anniversary of Telugu Journalists Association (Tejous) here on Saturday the Governor said “it is in the hands of the media to prove wrong that today’s newspaper is not yesterday’s waste paper.” While urging the scribes to strive to make the news relevant and enduring, Mr Rosaiah recalled that the Telugu (speaking) journalists working in the state, particularly in Chennai, were finding it difficult to draw the attention of the Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu governments towards their long-pending concerns.
The Governor who had participated in the 10th anniversary celebrations of Tejous expressed that he was happy to be in their midst. “Being the elder most here, I bless you all great laurels and ability to create history,” he said.
Education aid to wards: The Andhra Social and Cultural Association (ASCA) would extend the scholarship scheme currently being enforced for the children of its members, also to the wards of the Telugu journalists, Dr K. Subba Reddy, ASCA president, announced.
Participating in the Tejous anniversary celebrations on the premises of ASCA, which is quiet popular as Andhra club here, he said the association would through the Ungalukagha Charitable Trust, extend all possible medical help to TEJOUS members. He also donated `2 lakh towards the welfare of the Telugu journalists.
J.K. Reddy of ASCA, G. Sanjay Rao, president, Tejous and M. Gangadhara Prasad, treasurer of Tejous spoke. Earlier, recalling the key role played by senior journalists like R. Bhagwan Singh (Executive Editor, Deccan Chronicle), M.L. Narasimham, and several others who were instrumental in launching the Telugu Journalists Association, Goteti Venkateswararao, general secretary of TEJOUS, said the association is striving to meet the housing and medical needs of its members. “We have nearly 90 members and hope to have a journalist colony of our own,” he added.