New Delhi: The Global Times (GT), Amity’s youth newspaper, organized its annual “GT Award Ceremony 2016-17” at University campus, Sector- 125, Noida, marking the culmination of year long Newspaper Making Contest wherein students from eight Amity International Schools prepared one issue of The Global Times each throughout the academic session.
GT Making a Newspaper Contest, an initiative of Dr. (Mrs) Amita Chauhan, Chairperson, Amity Group of Schools & RBEF, is an inter-Amity School competition wherein students create their own edition of newspaper right from conceptualizing the stories to Graphics, Illustrations, Photography, Editing etc., therefore bringing out their innate talents and skills. The competition culminates with recognizing the journalistic skills produced at school level under different editorial and designing categories by experts in this field. The best school takes away the GT Best Newspaper Award Trophy.
The ceremony was graced by Dr. (Mrs.) Amita Chauhan, Mr. Akhilesh Sharma, Political Editor, NDTV, Mr. Rajeev Ranjan, Chief Graphic Designer, The Times of India, Ms. Kamna Arora, Special Senior Correspondent, Zee News, Ms. Pooja Chauhan, Vice Chairperson, Amity Humanity Foundation, Ms. Jaishree Chauhan and Principals of Amity schools.
The coveted ‘Best Newspaper Trophy’ was lifted by Amity International School, Sector 46, Gurgaon, whereas Amity, Noida bagged the First Runners up Trophy followed by a tie between Amity International School, Saket and Pushp Vihar at the third position.
Addressing the gathering, Ms. Vira Sharma-Managing Editor, The Global Times shared that “Newspaper making Contest” help students to learn future skills, encourage them to read and write on various social issues and become responsible citizens of India. She complemented students for their hard work and motivated them to keep serving humanity and help resolve societal issues, thereby making world a better place to live for everyone.
Expressing her joy over the brilliant performance by the students, Dr. (Mrs) Amita Chauhan, Chairperson, Amity Group of Schools said, “One of the biggest qualities a person can have is to express his or her thoughts or ideas either verbally or through writing. Amitians, are, therefore, always encouraged to master the craft of writing and speaking.” Motivating the students, she stressed that awards are important but the hard work one does to get an award is equally important.
Commending the novel initiative by The Global Times, Mr. Akhilesh Sharma, Political Editor, NDTV stated that Amity students are being provided with numerous facilities to prepare themselves for the world outside. He appreciated students for their innovative thinking, well informed thought process and their willingness to work for the society. Mentoring them to become successful journalists, Mr. Sharma encouraged them to read a lot, preferably one Hindi and one English Newspaper daily, follow Twitter, check the credibility of news on social media before disseminating it further and to observe things minutely to be able to develop a story out of any mundane event.
Addressing the young students, Mr. Rajeev Ranjan, Chief Graphic Designer, The Times of India and also the Judge of the Design Category in the Contest stated that the winners in design category have perfected the art of “packaging” and he judged the students on the basis of creativity and aesthetics. He expressed that it was great to see how young minds had beautifully converted ideas into meaningful graphics.
Sharing her views, Ms. Kamna Arora appreciated students for their amazing stories, headlines, illustrations and graphics. Sharing a mantra for students who wanted to pursue a career in journalism, she encouraged them to “Be a good listener , observe and everything else will follow”.
Over 200 students were felicitated with trophies and certificates in Individual and School categories viz Outstanding Story, Fictional Story, Best Editing, Best Headline, Best Graphics, Photography, Illustration, Educational Poster Design, Best Ground Reporting and GT Best Newspaper Award.