SahilOnline's Founder and Managing Editor Inayatullah Gawai to be honored with Journalism award on July 15th

Source: S.O. News Service | By A. Damudi | Published on 5th July 2018, 10:58 PM | Coastal News | Don't Miss |

Bhatkal: Mr. Inayatullah Gawai, the renown Bhatkali journalist who founded SahilOnline, coastal Karnataka's most reliable news portal, has been selected for the prestigious GS Hegde Ajjebala Award by Uttar Kannada District Working Journalists Association (ULWJA). Mr. Gawai would be crowned with the award in a high profile ceremony on July 15 2018 in Gokarna, Kumta.

Mr. Inayatullah Gawai was nominated for the award in the executive meeting at Sirsi district press club recently, chaired by Subraya Bhat, president of UKWJA. The association along with its Taluka units will be holding programs in their respective regions in the month of July. Two other journalists, Mr. Panduranga from Joida and Gokarna's senior journalist Mr. Shridhar Adige were also nominated for awards in the meeting.

"Inayatullah Gawai stepped into the world of journalism at a very young age. He has shown admirable courage and honesty and has been serving the community for a long time. His news portal SahilOnline is read across the world in Urdu, Kannada and English." Said the association president Subraya Bhat, while issuing a press release.

Present in the meeting were district general secretary Pradeep Shetty, Treasurer Sandhya Hegde, State Committee member Radha Krishna Bhat, secretaries Anant Desai, Sumangala Honnekoppa, Raghvendra Hebbar, district members Krishnamurty Hebbar, Basavaraj Patil, Raghvendra Bettekopa, Guru Adi, Mundgod taluka unit president Nazeer Tadpatri, Fayyaz Mulla and many others.

SahilOnline - from SMS groups to the most powerful media in the region:

Mr. Inayatullah Gawai founded SahilOnline in 1999 through which he started covering local news and events. He foresaw the technological wave that would revolutionize journalism back in late 90's and started using the most latest technologies for SahilOnline. For example, SahilOnline was the first media portal in Bhatkal which started its own SMS services (SMS had the same status of Whatsapp in those days). He also made sure that SahilOnline established its presence in all social media platforms.

Most importantly, under his leadership, SahilOnline started publishing news in Urdu, Kannada and English on its respective and separate websites for the said languages. SahilOnline started writing about local issues that affected the whole town but were never talked about. As people started to take notice and issues started to get resolved, its popularity grew.

At a time when several communal news channels dominated the local news, SahilOnline emerged as the alternative source and many a times, avoided the possibility of communal riots by presenting the true picture of events with its courageous reporting. Through a network of many brave Kannada reporters, it lead the fight against the communal and propaganda-based reporting and managed to stem the wave of misinformation and defamation which was being spread about Bhatkal.

SahilOnline also changed the way many social works were done. With its flash updates about any local deaths and emergencies, especially in mobilizing blood donors, it has become an example as to how media outlets can fulfill their social responsibility and give back to their communities.

Mr. Inayatullah Gawai's achievements and SahilOnline's success are exemplary tales for the youth of Bhatkal, to be brave enough to choose their passion. Not only did Mr. Gawai display courage in choosing a career which he was talented in, he also displayed rock-solid determination in the face of many challenges and transformed Bhatkal from a voiceless town that was subject to propaganda to a thriving hub of  journalism and social empowerment. The award for which he has been selected is just one of the many which he deserves.

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