A member of MIT Technology Review (TR) Pakistan editorial team secured two awards for excellence in journalism on Saturday.
Staff writer Mahrukh Sarwar was recognised by AGAHI Awards last weekend for her work and was awarded the prize for excellence in innovative and science journalism categories.
The AGAHI Awards are an annual award series for journalists across Pakistan. These awards provide a platform to celebrate and recognize the work of journalists in the country. These awards were inaugurated in Pakistan for the first time in March 2012. They are organized in collaboration with local and international media bodies, regulatory authorities, private sector and other stakeholders.
Leading opinion makers, senior journalists, policy makers, diplomats, ambassadors, academicians, leading professionals from the media industry and representatives from think tanks attended the award ceremony. It was hosted by Saima Shirazi and Shamoon Hashmi. This year, AGAHI Awards received more than 3,000 nominations from all over the country in 40 different categories from print, television, radio and online media.
“This is a moment of great pride for the TR Pakistan team,” said Dr Umar Saif, editor-in-chief of TR Pakistan. “Our publication is relatively young compared to established media houses in Pakistan. By bringing home two awards, Mahrukh has shown that TR Pakistan is innovative, vibrant and able to compete in terms of quality with leading media organisations in the country. TR Pakistan has also created space for science journalism, which was previously an unexplored beat in Pakistani journalism. Young writers like Mahrukh at TR Pakistan have not only filled the gap in science journalism, they have done it better than anyone else.”
Last year, TR Pakistan also won an AGAHI Award in the category of reporting on science for its article Turning Saline Soil Into Pasture for Cattle Fodder by Muhammad Sohail Yusuf.