The editor-publisher of Mangalore Today V. U. George
been bestowed with the ‘Karnataka Media Academy Award’
for the year 2010
along with 19 other media personalities. He received the award on 29th November from the Chief Minister of Karnataka D. V.
Sadananda Gowda at an awards distribution function held at Jnana Jyothi
Hall, Palace Road, Bangalore at 5:00 p.m. The award comprises of a
citation and Rs. 10,000 cash prize.
Mr. George is being recognized for his pioneering effort in bringing
out ‘Mangalore Today’, the city’s first local English monthly magazine
and running it for the last 15 years facing immense struggles and
hardships in maintaining the long term viability of the venture.
Mr. George started Mangalore Today in 1996 with a small team of young
and enthusiastic journalists and the first issue was launched at Hotel
Moti Mahal on December 17th of that year. In 2005, the
magazine hosted the ‘Mangalore Today Conclave’ to commemorate its 10th
year and subsequently the event has been organized three more times. In
2009, the magazine also launched its web edition www.mangaloretoday.com.
Under Mr. George’s leadership, the magazine has not only highlighted
the burning issues concerning Mangalore, but also the magazine has
served as a training ground for many young journalists who have gone on
to pursue successful journalistic careers at the state, national and
even international level.
Expressing happiness over getting the recognition Mr. George said: “I
thank the Karnataka Media Academy and those responsible for selecting
me for this rare honour, which in a way is a vindication of our long
years of hard work. Moreover I want to share this recognition with our
entire Mangalore Today team, both past and present who have been a part
of the journey.”