Kohima: In a first, a media partnership agreement between the Kohima Press Club (KPC) and Nagaland Building & Other Construction Workers Welfare Board (NBOCWWB) was inked on Wednesday to encourage collaboration between the two establishments and support each other’s obligation to public services. 

The agreement was signed by KPC President Alice Yhoshü, and NBOCWWB chairman Kekhrie Yhome at Hotel Vivor in Kohima. 

As per the agreement, NBOCWWB will make a financial commitment to the KPC with Rs 5,00,000 as a one-time full payment. The Kohima Press Club will then initiate, innovate and institute media fellowships or awards. 

Yhome informed that the fellowship or awards would highlight the plight of building and construction workers. 

KPC president Alice Yhoshü extended appreciation to the NBOCWWB headed by Yhome for proposing the partnership to highlight social issues and promote media professionals.

She said that this is a first in Nagaland where a Press Club is venturing out beyond the usual activities and taking the responsibility of introducing media fellowship to the small yet growing community of journalists. 

She informed that the KPC would embark on working out the necessary module of the fellowship programme and announce it in the local media. 

She hoped that the fellowship would provide a learning opportunity for the journalists to experience the socio-economic life of disadvantaged communities while creating an impact through their storytelling by bringing desired changes relating to the highlighted issues.

She also proposed that an introductory workshop be considered to help participants understand the programme’s purpose.

Further, Yhoshü hoped that more government bodies and departments would come forward to partner with press organisations to support the growth of impactful journalism in the state and also improve the lives of the disadvantaged, thereby delivering social justice in society.

Another agreement was also inked between the Directorate of Information and Public Relations (DIPR) and NBOCWWB where Rs 10 lakh was granted to the DIPR. The DIPR will, in turn, deliver short documentaries below 90 seconds. 

The Media partnership agreements were made with the NBOCWWB to promote public interest and highlight the sectoral focus on workers associated with building and other construction activities; highlight the activities of NBOCWWB, particularly on social justice schemes and welfare benefits.

The agreement is a one-time agreement inked for one year between the NBOCWWB and DIPR, and NBOCWWB and KPC. 

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