The American Chamber of Commerce in Bangladesh (AmCham) on Sunday announced winners of the ‘AmCham frontline journalism Award’ acknowledging the contribution of the frontline and business journalists for their outstanding efforts and courage during the COVID-19 outbreak.
The award presentation ceremony was arranged virtually considering the safety measures amidst the spread of ongoing pandemic.
This initiative, in association with Masthead PR, aims to recognise and honor the valiant journalists working as the front liners in the current COVID-19 pandemic, AmCham said.
Foreign minister Dr. A. K. Abdul Momen was the chief guest of the program while US ambassador in Dhaka Earl Robert Miller attended the event as the guest of honor. The program was chaired by the AmCham President Syed Ershad Ahmed and Vice President Syed Mohammad Kamal moderated the program and the Founder and CEO of Masthead PR Ziauddin Adil offered the vote of thanks.
With all the uncertainties, journalists around the world are facing many challenges of covering the news during this pandemic -including health risks to reporters in the field, spreading awareness and cautionary measures during confusion and combating misinformation— while not fueling panic.
Reporters and camera persons from electronic, print and online media houses and news agencies were able to submit their pandemic related generic/business reports focused on two perspectives- the impact of the pandemic on lives and livelihoods and in the business sector, published from March 1 to August 31.
The winners were selected from a significant number of submissions belonging to leading media houses of Bangladesh after a careful assessment and awarded in the program.
AmCham in Bangladesh believes this initiative will motivate the journalist community and further pinpoint their irreplaceable efforts helping the nation in its fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.
AmCham began its journey in Bangladesh with an objective to promote the economic relationships between Bangladesh and the US.