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By Mahesh Nayak
November 29, 2011: We are proud to announce that our editor-publisher V. U. George received the state-government sponsored ‘Karnataka Media Academy Award’ for the year 2010 along with 48 other media personalities.

He received the award from the Chief Minister of Karnataka D. V. Sadananda Gowda at an awards distribution function held today evening at Jnana Jyothi Hall, Palace Road, Bangalore.

Mr. George is being recognized for his pioneering effort in bringing out ‘Mangalore Today’, the city’s first local English monthly magazine and almost singlehandedly running it for the last 15 years despite immense struggles and hardships in maintaining the long term viability of the venture.

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Mr. George started Mangalore Today in 1996 with a small team of young and enthusiastic journalists and the first issue was launched at Hotel Moti Mahal on December 17th of that year.  In 2005, the magazine hosted the  ‘Mangalore Today Conclave’ to commemorate its 10th year and subsequently the event has been organized three more times. In 2009, the magazine also launched its web edition

It is commonly acknowledged that running an English language city magazine is a thankless job as the readership is restricted and the revenues are poor. Even media giants have failed miserably in sustaining such projects in Mumbai and other cities. Mangalore Today is probably the only English city magazine in the country to survive for 15 years. Under George’s leadership, the magazine has not only published outstanding stories highlighting the burning issues concerning Mangalore, but also the magazine has served as a training ground for many young journalists who have gone on to pursue successful journalistic careers at the state, national and even international level.

When informed of his selection for this honour, a visibly surprised George first thought somebody was playing a practical joke on him. Then after he was able to confirm that the award is for real, typically said: “I thank the Karnataka Media Academy and those responsible for selecting me for this rare honour, which in a way is a vindication of our long years of hard work. Moreover I want to share this recognition with our entire Mangalore Today team, both past and present who have been a part of the journey.”

Well, all this should not come much as a surprise to those who have known George long enough. An artist by inclination, George began his career in the media in the late Seventies – but on the other side of the divide, namely advertising. He was a pioneer who introduced ‘creative advertising’ in the city long before those words became fashionable and at that time had an accredited ad agency, a rare achievement even for the present times. However, with the advertising business becoming more and more competitive, he switched over to other businesses before finally finding his match in ‘Mangalore Today’. In the intervening period, he also produced two acclaimed Malayalam movies, invented a real estate direct marketing firm and ran a public relations outfit. With a resume like that, it should now be clear that George is an adventurer at heart and his adventure in starting and shaping Mangalore Today has been the most passionate, sustained and satisfying effort of his life, for which reason alone the award can be said to be well deserved.

We of TEAM MANGALORE TODAY are proud to raise our hats to V. U. George on this great occasion and wish him a much more glorious innings in the years to come.


(Published without technical clearance from the editor)(!)

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Ravishankar Rao, Mangalore Thu, December-1-2011, 3:44
It is a proud moment for Mangalore Today, and for Mangalore. Mahesh has captured the exhilaration brilliantly. Congratulations, George, on the Award. This is certainly a vindication of years of struggle. And a recognition of the good work done. George, may you have many more honours, less stress, more contentment, and greater prosperity in the years ahead.
John chandran, Mangalore Wed, November-30-2011, 6:52
Congratulations to the founder editor of Mangalore Today, Mr. George
Antony D’Cunha, Permude/Muscat Wed, November-30-2011, 2:12
Congratulations to the architect of Mangalore Today.
Narendra, Mangalore Wed, November-30-2011, 12:48
Congrats George. We shall have a grand party when you return home!
Venugopal, Mangalore Wed, November-30-2011, 12:27
Congratulations Mr. George. You really deserve it.
praveen naik, Mangalore Wed, November-30-2011, 12:23
Congrats!! some thing to celebrate george,this was long over due,we are proud of you.Hats off to your never say die attitude
Vasanth Kedige, Mangalore Tue, November-29-2011, 8:41
Kudos to your Mangalore Today Team effort taken in the News media in coastal Region.
Ashok Nayak, Manipal Media Network Ltd., Manipal Tue, November-29-2011, 8:26
Venkatesh Baliga, Mangalore Tue, November-29-2011, 8:24
Congrats George....You deserve it !
Nishanth Raj M, Mangalore Tue, November-29-2011, 6:25
Congratulations George Sir
Aajay Alva, Delhi Tue, November-29-2011, 4:03
Congrats George
Eshwar Sundaresan, Bangalore Tue, November-29-2011, 10:59
A well-deserved, hard-earned accolade. The man who gave me my first break in the world of words has been honoured. So thrilled! As this article rightly points out, Mangalore Today has always nurtured young, idealistic talent. George gave us journalists freedom to pursue and present our stories in our own unique ways. When he interviewed me, he didn’t ask for certificates or other forms of validation. He just recognized the fire in my belly and passion in my eyes. Without him, my desire to write - and write for a living - would have remained a pipe dream. Kudos to this maverick.
Prakash L, Pace soft | Pace Media Tue, November-29-2011, 7:43
Congratulations Sir ; Wish you Very best .! It nice to be associate with you ..
Indira R Acharya, Mumbai Tue, November-29-2011, 5:11
Sir, It’s a pleasant surprise!.. Kudos! You really deserve it...
I J Saldanha-Shet., Mangalore. Tue, November-29-2011, 4:30
It is very good to hear this welcome news about Mr.V U George! CONGRATULATIONS MAY THIS LEAD ON TO MANY GREAT MORE ACHIEVEMENTS. Mangalore today has attained a special place in the hearts and culture of Mangaloreans world wide over the last 15 years,this speaks volumes about it’s architect V U George. His human touch and simplicity are the chief ingredients responsible, "Simplicity is the ultimate form of sophistication"!
Sonia, Mangalore Tue, November-29-2011, 4:20
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