Friday, February 18, 2011

What's brewing at Concept?

What's brewing in the world of communication? 

The latest is that Concept Group has launched “brew”, with an idea to exchange views on the developments, innovations and trends that the media and marketing environment is witnessing and designing.

This periodical, brings to its readers a wide perspective on communication related subjects from the desks of business heads and field experts across the specialised verticals and group companies under the Concept umbrella.

Nirmal Suchanti, Chairman Concept Group, says “brew is a contemporary and ingenious way of maintaining the relationship with the clients and associates at all times.

I have built this agency on a strong foundation of relationships and it is a pleasure to see the young team carrying forward the torch.”

A uniquely sized periodical, brew is designed to focus on 

 every communication vertical, individually.
“This thoughtpad”, as Concept Group’s Managing Director, Vivek Suchanti likes to call it, “will be a window into the super-specialised arena of advertising and public relations. With the ever evolving  communication environment, advertising and public relations in particular are facing newer challenges every day. brew is the channel that Team Concept would like too use to  share expert opinions on a bouquet of issues.””
The idea of the periodical itself has been brewing in the head of Concept’s Director, Dhaval Desai, since the last quarter. “We have been thought leaders from the very inception of Concept Communication, I wanted our voices to be heard above the din of presentations and portfolios. Our boys and girls are enthusiastic thinkers, giving them this platform will also help us keep them motivated, agile and inspired in every situation.”
Necessarily then, the publication needed to stir clear of news-based articles and develop a blog-sphere in print. “In the PR space we are constantly advising clients to keep the dialogue open with customers and investors … it was time we applied the advice on ourselves,” says Ashish Jhalan, Director, Concept PR.
Ashish’s enthusiastic team of PR specialists (that include senior journalists like BN Kumar and CP Thomas) has been the back-bone of the editorial team at  brew led by Concept’s Ex- Creative Director, Sheena Seth.
“Designing and conceptualizing brew, has been an exciting challenge. Developing content for the thoughtpad, with the team is very inspiring. The passion with which they look at their areas of specialization is finally finding a space, that does tend to get lost in the slide presentations they are usually limited to. Since Brew is not just limited to sharing ideas from the Concept teams’ desks but presents the views and opinions of our associates across industries and media, readers will get an interesting perspective on varied aspects of communication and public relations,” says Sheena

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Press Club launches media awards

Mumbai : Winners of the Press Club Mumbai awards for Excellence in Journalism were honoured on Tuesday February 15, 2011 at a glittering ceremony at JK Banquets, Mumbai.

Chief Guest super cop Julio Reberio and stylish batsman of the 1960s Ajit Wadekar handed out the awards to the winners. Some of the jury members, Justice (Retd) B N Srikrishna and Senior Journalist Ayaz Memon, were also present on the occasion.
The awards was given in two categories: Pradeep Shinde Award for the Crime Story of the Year – 2011 and K N Prabhu Award for Cricket Story of the Year – 2011. The all-India competition attracted around 140 entries from different centers. Significantly, the runners-up journalist in the crime category is from Srinagar, Kashmir, while the winners (joint byline) for the best crime story are from Kerala.

The award ceremony started with the short documentary film on the Press Club history and the contribution of late K N Prabhu and late Pradeep Shinde in the field of journalism.

Besides cash prizes totalling Rs 2.10 lakh, the winners and runners up have been each awarded with a trophy and citation. The Press Club hopes to expand the number of categories next year.
The Press Club’s Excellence-in-Journalism Awards – 2011 were sponsored by the Maharashtra Chamber of Housing Industry (MCHI) and Indusind Bank, and ICICI Bank.


Pradeep Shinde Award for the Crime Story of the Year - 2011
G Vinod & Sanjay Chandrashekar Chief Reporters, Malayala Manorama

The investigations conducted by chief reporters G. Vinod and Sanjay Chandrasekhar of Malayala Manorama unearthed shocking instances of misappropriation and irregularities by Coimbatore-based lottery tycoon Santiago Martin with the full knowledge and connivance of political leaders. Malayala Manorama, in a series of investigations carried out from August 20, 2010, exposed the loss to the state exchequer estimated at Rs. 41 crore a day through illegal trade of Bhutan and Sikkim lotteries in Kerala.
Pradeep Shinde Award for the Crime Story of the Year - 2011ALL INDIA RUNNER-UP
Syed Basharat, Special Correspondent - Kashmir Times
Beneath the conflict smokescreen, lie shattering stories of crime against women in Kashmir. This is a story of a 12-year-old daughter, whose father was dragged to court accused of drugging his daughter with powerful sleeping pills, and then raping her in his home, in a Srinagar locality. Kashmir society has generally neglected this grave issue of crime against women. Many such incidents go unreported and unnoticed. The state’s political turmoil has overshadowed everything else, as public discourse, media, and even the NGOs only focus on Kashmir’s battle for autonomy. In this, stories like those of a hapless girl who has no shoulders to cry go unreported.

K N Prabhu Award for Cricket Writing - 2011
Akshay Sawai, Sports Editor, Open magazine

Akshay Sawai, currently the sports editor of Open Magazine, started his career in 1995 as a sports reporter with Mid-day. He later joined the Times of India and then became the sports editor of Hindustan Times. He won number of awards in the past. He has covered several international events, including tennis Grand Slams, Test cricket and World Cup cricket. The jury in the cricket category adjudged a series of his stories in Open Magazine to be the collective winner.

K N Prabhu Award for Cricket Writing - 2011
ALL INDIA JOINT RUNNER-UP G S Vivek, Special Correspondent - Indian Express
Anand Vasu, Deputy Editor, Sports Illustrated
G S Vivek, presently working with The Indian Express in Delhi, started his career with The Statesman before working with Mail Today and The Indian Express. A left-arm medium pacer and batsman, he has represented Delhi state in the under-19 team and was a professional player in the Kolkata League.  He was awarded the Indian Cricket Writer of the Year 2008-09 and also won the Best News Story the same year in the annual sports writer’s awards conducted by the Sports Journalist Federation of India.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

CM to look into Ajit Pawar attack on media

A delegation of journalists under the banner of 'Patrakar Halla Virodhi Kruti Samiti' (Action Committee Against Attacks On Journalists) on Monday met Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan in light of the threat issued to the journalist fraternity by Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar at a function held in Nanded recently. Press Club, Mumbai too was part of the delegation.

The delegation submitted a memorandum to Mr Chavan, in which they demanded that Mr Pawar must tender a public apology in the next 48 hours. The delegation also demanded that the Superintendent of Police posted in Nanded must be transferred immediately and the Inspector under whose leadership media was manhandled must be dismissed forthwith.

Mr Chavan gave a patient hearing to the members and assured that he would look into the matter.

The Press Club, Mumbai members who were part of the delegation include Mr Sunil Shivdasani (Secretary), Mr Devdas Matale (Joint Secretary) and Mr Mrityunjay Bose (Managing Committee member).

The organisations and journalists that were part of the delegation include: Patrakar Halla Virodhi Kruti Samiti (SM Deshmukh), Maharashtra State Accreditation Committee (Prafulla Marpakwar), Prasad Mokashi (Mumbai Marathi Patrakar Sangh), Aniket Joshi (Mantralaya Vartahar Sangh), Marathi Patrakar Parishad (Kiran Naik), TV Journalist Association (Prasad Kathe), Bombay Union of Journalists (Inderkumar Jain), Maharashtra Working Journalists Union (Sunil Kuhikar) and Maharashtra Bahujan Patrakar Sangh (Purushottam Aware-Patil).

The Patrakar Halla Virodhi Kruti Samiti would meet again on Wednesday to decide the future course of action.

The delegation also pointed out that in the recent past there has been a spate of attacks on journalists across the state and it was high time that the Maharashtra Government enact a law to make attack on journalists a cognizable and non-bailable offence.

Pawar at a public meeting in Nanded had talked of "banning" the media when a television channel cameraman was focusing on a farmer who intervened during his speech to raise a problem, accusing the media of giving negative publicity. Following this incident journalists were manhandled by policemen as also Pawar's supporters.