When media environment is vitiated with formation of a Club in the name of the Press by a team of owners of media industries known more for hyper-commercialism than adherence to Ethics of Journalism, professional journalists of Orissa have woken up to form a PRESS CLUB of their own.
A preparatory meeting was held for the purpose under presidentship of Sri Prasanna Kumar Mishra, Editor of the daily Sanchar on August 7 at Bhubaneswar.
Participants were clear in their opinion that “Press Club” should be a Club of professional press-persons, not a hodgepodge of users of press vanity.
Senior journalist Rabi Das, eminent columnist Prasanta Patnaik, web journalist Subhas Chandra Pattanayak, Subartta editor Pradyumna Satpathy, Resident Editor of The Telegraph Prakash Patra, Zee News bureau chief D.N.Singh, Subrata Das, Shubhashish Mohanty, K.Rabi of The Statesman, Dillip Bishoi of Financial Express, Pratap Mohanty of AFP, Debabrata Mohanty of Indian Express, Basudev Mohapatra of Nxatra TV, Secretary of National Union of Journalists Prasanna Mohanty, Debendranath Das and Ambikaprasad Kanungo of Sahana Mela, Umapada Bose and Ambika Das of Orissa Express, Akhand of India Media Centre, Sagar Satpathy of News Insite, Kedar Mishra of Anupam Bharat, Columnist SriRam Das, Subas Sarangi, Pradyumna Mohanty, Janatantra editor Vivekanand Dash, Krantidhara editor Gobinda Samal, Television journalist Durga Madhab Mishra, Ramachandi Prasad Ranasingh and Santos Tripathy of Suryaprava, Samajavadi editor Sanat Mishra, Ranjan Tripathy and Bibhuti Bhusan Rana of Orissa Times TV, Dyutikrishna Pahi and Sudhansu Patra of Live Orissa TV were active participants. Amongst others, who, because of being pre-occupied could not join, but had sent messages in support of the mission of the meet, were senior journalists Basant Das, Sampad Mohapatra, Sarada Prasanna Nanda, Jatin Das, Rajaram Satpathy, Debi Pattanayak, and Kishore Satpathy.
Eminent journalist Debendra Prusti, convener of the meeting, had initiated the discussion.
It was decided to draft a constitution for the new PRESS CLUB by a committee comprising Sri Prakash Patra (Former President of National Press Club of India), Sri D.N. Singh (Zee News) and Sri Subhas Chandra Pattanayak (orissamatters.com), under chairmanship of Sri Mishra. Sri Devendra Prusti shall remain the convener.