Lifestyle yearbook on Jamia to be published soon
OT, August 9, 2012 14:31 IST
Come September, community portal OKHLA TIMES will be two years old. It was in September 2010 that the portal was unrolled with only one story. On the completion of its two years, the portal plans to bring out a book, OKHLA TIMES Most Read. The book will have the best articles published in the portal on numerous topics, ranging from society and politics to food, women and lifestyle.
Also, the daily e-paper will bring out a first of its kind lifestyle yearbook on the 90-year-old Central University Jamia Millia Islamia (JMI), whose alumni are spread across the globe, holding key positions in different fields.
The glossy book will contain articles on a variety of issues not yet published in OKLHA TIMES, which will be of particular interest to Jamia alumni, including those of Jamia Middle School and the current generation of Jamia students. Both these magazines will be released in a glittering event at JMI next year.
OKHLA TIMES editor and publisher Asad says: “On this special occasion we want to gift something special to the JMI alumni and Okhla residents and the diaspora living in far away countries. There will be a lot of surprises for JMI alumni in this high-quality book written in a lucid language.”
The booking of the book (price Rs 1,000) online for overseas readers will open soon. Alumni can also book their seats for the event free of cost by writing to the organizer at email@example.com. If anybody is intersted in delivering a talk on some important topic on that day s/he is most welcome.
The release of the books will be followed by an award ceremony on the same day to be organized by the community portal that over the months has mapped the whole locality by running original stories (more than 1,000) on every aspect of the area.
The portal became a hit as it got overwhelming response from residents, JMI alumni, students and university authorities.
Also, the editor of portal was short listed for the XCity London Award 2011. The award was won by a Guardian editor, but being short-listed with the work of four other top-notch global journalists was a historic moment for a one-year-old portal featuring original hyper-local content. All this was made possible because of readers’ participation.
And once again the portal is looking for cooperation from JMI alumni, the current Jamia community and university authorities so that the project too could be a huge hit, claimed Asad, a JMI alumnus.
“We are open to suggestions and want the alumni and university authorities to participate in the project so that JMI’s history and its achievement could be encapsulated in a better way in the book.”
Also, alumni are requested to fill in a form and post their high-resolution photos at firstname.lastname@example.org so that their profiles could be published in the book.
What do you think about the project? Please do write to us at email@example.com
“OKHLA TIMES is a community based news portal which has been working assiduously towards bringing into sharp focus news and issues relevant to the immediate community it caters to. At a time when the space for local and community news has been shrinking in mainstream media, OKHLA TIMES stands for all that is right and good about community journalism. I congratulate the entire team of OKHLA TIMES for successfully completing their two years in this important undertaking and I wish them the very best in all their future endeavours. Asad, who is a product of Jamia Millia Islamia, knows the university well and has been covering developments and milestones of the university all along. I look forward to reading his new publication on Jamia.”
Dr. Simi Malhotra
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