Mangaluru, Mar 13, 2017: It was a proud moment for the people of the city when CM Siddaramaiah honoured Deccan Herald Mangaluru Bureau Chief Dr. Ronald A Fernandes with ’Karnataka Media Academy Award for the year 2016’. Dedicated Dr. Ronald Fernandes made the city proud and was one among 15 journalists selected, for contributions to journalism.
Journalist Shreesha speaking for the awardees said that now clarity and accuracy in news presentations are lacking, and can undermine the fourth estate, the media. People are not inclined to read now and are losing faith. Budding journos must be taught precision. The invasion of ’Citizen Journalists’ is set to break the barriers and make news and views broad and wide.
Minister for Urban Development Roshan Baig, Director of Information Department N R Vishukumar, President of Media Academy M Siddaraju and others were present.
Dr. Ronald Anil Fernandes : A soft spoken and never say no social minded "Ronnie"as he is popular, earned a Science degree B.Sc from St Aloysius College, Mass Communication and Journalism at Mangalore University. Topped by a PhD in Journalism.
Dr. Fernandes, took up serious work as reporter of Udaya TV. In 1997 he joined Deccan Herald in Bengaluru and later was transferred to Mangaluru in 2004 and has ever since endeared him self to the city of his birth Mangaluru. In the past two decades, he has deservedly bagged two national awards- Sarojini Naidu national award in 2009 for best report on women and Panchayat Raj and Fr Luis Carrenho Award in 2011 instituted by Indian Catholic Press Association New Delhi and also the Rajyotsava award. He is presently the president of Mangaluru Press club and his cordiality is prodigious.