Viraj Asher crowned winner of Young Journalist Award at DIFF

Viraj Asher receiving the Young Journalist Award at Dubai International Film Festival. Photo courtesy:DIFF

Viraj Asher has received the prestigious Young Journalist Award at the Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF), bringing laurels to the NRI community residing in this wonderful place. He has shined through a weeklong training programme under Gulf News tabloid, reporting on various aspects of the festival.  

Viraj Asher and seven other students participated in one of the most challenging hands-on training programmes in the region to help budding reporters kick-start their careers. The group was given unmatched insights into the competitive and exciting world of journalism, covering press conferences, Red Carpet Galas, panel sessions and more throughout the 13th Dubai International Film Festival.

Abdulhamid Juma, Chairman, DIFF, commented on the award,“Every year, the Festival aims to fulfill its commitment to support the evolution of the regional film industry and all the disciplines that contribute to it, whether acting, animation or journalism. Our partnership with Gulf News tabloid provides exceptional support to young writers with an interest in entertainment, and they are given an invaluable opportunity to gain first-hand industry experience. I would like to congratulate Viraj Asher, and thank all of the shortlisted young journalists for their full efforts as part of the Festival this year.”

Viraj Asher: Photo courtesy: Linkedin

Viraj is currently pursuing his Bachelor of Arts in Media and Communications at the Dubai Campus of Manipal University. He is an excellent cricketer and even represented  United Arab Emirates in the 'Under-16 Asia Cup’. Besides, he is also an avid badminton player.

Ashraf Jamal
Ashraf Jamal – Senior Writer

Ashraf Jamal brings a rare depth to writing equipped with a degree in journalism, a postgraduate degree in political science, and a degree in law from the Allahabad University. His experience includes editing and publishing the Northern India Patrika and writing for Times of India for almost a decade covering just about any topic under the sun including NRIs and Indian diaspora.


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