Freelancer Anuj Chopra and Aaj Tak's Sharma bag the CNN Young Journalist Awards 2005

MUMBAI: CNN International awarded Anuj Chopra, a freelancer, as the winner in the print and online category with CNN Young Journalist Award 2005 (CNN YJA) in a ceremony held in New Delhi yesterday. While, in the television category, Ravindra Sharma from Aaj Tak the Hindi news channel and Harish Babu from India Vision (Malayalam) channel bagged the camera person of the year category.

The runner ups in the print and online category were Shimaila Matri Daood of Newsline magazine of Pakistan and Amit Shrivastava of Sahara Times respectively, informs an official release. The best entries were selected by a panel of eminent jurists comprising distinguised personalities from the field of media and print journalism.

'No Entry, we are the Meat Nazis' an article by Anuj Chopra, on the rights of cooperative societies to restrict membership to their community emerged as the judges' number one choice in the print/ online category. Chopra, has won the first prize, which comprises of a trip to CNN headquarters in Atlanta for a week where he will interact with CNN's experienced editorial and core teams.

Sharma from Aaj Tak, the winner in the television category; for his story 'Tihar Jail Bani Ghoos Mahal' about the deep routed corruption in the Tihar jail. And, Harish Babu from Indiavision, who captured the moments of 'Oru Vadakkan Ona Kazcha', have won the opportunity to visit CNN's regional headquarters in Hong Kong.

Instituted in 2003, CNN Internationa managing editor Jill Dougherty along with ITC Limited - Hotels Division VP sales and marketing B. Hariharan gave away the awards to the young journalists in a ceremony attended by personalities from the media industry.

Dougherty said, "CNN launched the Young Journalist Award to reward and honour promising young journalists in India and Pakistan. We at CNN are very pleased with the number and the quality of responses that we have received from India and Pakistan over the past three years and hope that we are able to continue our pursuit of acknowledging and honoring journalistic excellence. I am particularly glad that to mark CNN's 25th anniversary, we introduced the special category, cameraperson of the year this year."

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