By our correspondent
Guwahati, March 26: Constituted to provide a common platform to professional journalists of northeastern region, the North East Union of Working Journalists (NEUWJ) got off to a rousing start on Sunday with its first convention, held at Guwahati Press Club.
Chaired by veteran journalist and NEUWJ President Joykanta Sarma and graced as chief guest by Pradip Baruah (Editor, Prantik), guest of honour Shashi Phukan (Editor, Bismoi) and senior journalist Samudra Gupta Kashyap, the convention discussed several issues related to journalism and news coverage in the NE States.
Addressing the gathering, Prantik’s editor Pradip Baruah dwelt upon the need for a receptive mindset that would enable journalists of the region to master various tongues for effective communication.
Samudra Gupta Kashyap, while drawing upon his wide experience traveling the rugged terrain of the region for news coverage, said that stories are just waiting to be discovered for the enterprising journalist. “When I began my career in The Indian Express, I was the only scribe hailing from this region. Happily, times have changed so that hundreds of keen young journalists from the Northeast are now manning major national media houses” he said.
Aizawl based journalist Malsawmpuia Ralte thanked the NEUWJ for its initiative to bring together scribes of this trouble-torn region.
NEUWJ general secretary Manoj Agasti delivered the welcome address. Journalist Nava Thakuria spoke of the need to put up a united front for journalists of NE region faced with many common, inter-related problems, as well as existential threats looming over mainstream media.
A souvenir, enriched with contributions on various journalistic aspects from K Vikram Rao, Snehasis Sur, Prasanta J Baruah, Bijoy Gurung, Kenter Joya R, Prakash Mahanta, Ranjit Hazarika, Oken Jeet Sandham, Mubina Akhtar, Bijay Kr Sharma, Bibekananda Choudhury, Dr Satyakam Borthakur, Hiren Sarma, KR Kamath, Rituraj Konwar among others, was released on the occasion by Bismoi’s editor Shashi Phukan.
Moderated by senior journalist Pulin Kalita, the meeting was attended by a number of acclaimed journalists including Rupam Barua, Ranen Kr Goswami, Raman Bora, Siva Prasad Deka, Mukul Kalita, Apurba Kumar Das, Tarun Saikia, Anup Biswas, Rubee B Das, Pankaj Nath, Rajat Baishya, Samir Choudhury and Bipul Sarma among others.