Barkha bags National Media Talent Award

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Academy Chairman R.S Babu said Dutt was awarded for the work she undertook during the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic…reports Asian Lite News.

Popular television journalist Barkha Dutt won the Kerala Media Academy’s National Media Talent Award 2020.

Academy Chairman R.S Babu said Dutt was awarded for the work she undertook during the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic. Babu added that her news coverage during the pandemic was exemplary as she travelled almost every part of the country by road to cover the fallout when the first wave of the pandemic hit the nation.

He added that Dutt had put her own life at risk to do unbiased coverage.

The jury, under the chairmanship of veteran journalist Thomas Jacob along with Dr. Sebastian Paul, M P Achuthan, K.V Sudhakaran, Dr. Neethu Sona and Dr. Meena T Pillai, said that Dutt’s work during the period was exceptional and should be considered as an example for others.

Her report on the plight of the migrant laborers could not be denied by the government and it even caught the attention of the Apex court.

49-year-old Barkha Dutt was previously awarded Padmashree and other awards. The National Media Talent Award 2020 will be presented to Dutt by Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan.

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