The 8th Oltin
Qalam (Golden Pen) National Award announces opening for applications
Anora Usmanova, UT
the international contest of the 8th National Journalism Award Oltin
Qalam are in full swing. The meeting of the organizing committee comprising prominent
journalists in the country has announced the key areas of the contest. International
partners have expressed their wishes to the contestants.
It is expected
that quality of materials will be much higher in the present competition.
Criteria for evaluation are the same: relevance, promptness and originality in
the design. However, the reduced number of nominations will create competitive
conditions for journalists.
“There are fewer nominations
this year, and therefore the prizes,” said Gulnara
Babadjanova, Deputy Chairwoman of the Creative Union of Journalists of
Uzbekistan. “We want to strengthen the responsibility of journalists for their works,
urge the competitors to work not on the quantity, but on the quality. That is
why we reduced the number of prizes. We want the figurines go to really the top
The eighth contest
will be presented in 13 categories: one major national award, and four on the
types of media: press, television, radio and online journalism. Each of the four
categories has three prizes. The prize fund of this year’s contest is 150
The national award was instituted at the initiative of the state’s
leader and timed to the World Press Freedom Day, which is celebrated annually
on May 3. The past seven contests involved about three thousand journalists with
more than 40,000 creative works. 181 journalists were awarded Oltin Qalam. Country
offices of prominent international organizations like the UN, UNESCO, the World
Bank, as well as the “Regional Dialogue. Slovenia” institute also their
annual incentive bonuses. In previous competitions 40 journalists were awarded
special prizes from the international partners.
Addressing press and media workers last June 27, the head of the state
set new tasks for journalists. The Creative Union of Journalists was recommended
to monitor the most relevant, analytical and topical stories in the end of each
quarter. We asked Sherzod Ghulomov, Chairman
of the Creative Union of Journalists, about the results of this work.
“We have set up a special committee, which assesses the work of local
journalists. The best stories are selected out of all the published and aired materials,
and evaluated, and the results of monitoring are published in the media. The
results of the last quarter have been published this week in Hurriyat newspaper.
We hope very much that the competent jury of the 8th national award
will primarily pay due attention to this rating.”
Chairman of the Union of Journalists of Uzbekistan spoke about the young
with great hope. "Today, we count on the young, ambitious, talented
journalists. There are many young media workers who able to produce
high-quality materials, but, unfortunately, do not take part in the contest. We
encourage you to be more active, manifest yourself, send your materials and
your work will be appreciated."
This idea was also supported by representatives of international
organizations who expressed their wishes.
“We have been taking part in the national journalist contest for several
times. We are generally satisfied with the format and scope of the competition,”
said Bakhtiyor Khalikulov, an expert
of UNESCO Office in Uzbekistan.
“Each year, we present the subject of our own category, which is selected at
the UNESCO headquarters in France.
As of today, we have a range of topics relevant to our organization, and within
two weeks we will announce the topic of incentive nomination. Every year,
UNESCO awards the print media. The stories are of high quality and very interesting,
but I would like to involve media agencies, TV, radio, online outlets.”
In general, the meeting at the National Press
Center went constructively.
The participants also discussed the organizational issues relating to the
traditional conduct of international contest of the 8th National
Journalism Award Oltin Qalam at Turkiston
Palace on May 3.