RINSTRA, Pakistan’s first short-form digital media platform for on-demand streaming and user-generated content, celebrated 20 November as Pakistan’s First “Storytellers Day” to recognize and celebrate content creators, writers, bloggers, and storytellers of Pakistan.
RINSTRA is the premier partner of the AGAHI Awards this year. The AGAHI Awards are Pakistan’s most prestigious and sought-after journalism recognition, as an annual award series for journalists across Pakistan and beyond. These awards provide a platform to celebrate and recognize the work of credible and dedicated journalists.
RINSTRA Technologies collaborated with AGAHI Awards to create a new category for the Storyteller of Pakistan. Pakistan’s most prominent storyteller Haseena Moin was awarded the Storyteller of Pakistan – Lifetime Achievement Award to recognize her work, commitment, and dedication to creativity and diversity.
Haseena Moin is Pakistan’s most celebrated dramatist, playwright, and scriptwriter. She has written several plays for stage, radio, and television, some of which have even gained an international reputation. She is also the Pride of Performance award for her services to the performing arts in Pakistan.
Dr. Adil Akhtar, Founder, and Chairman of RINSTRA, said, “Storytelling, whether factual or fictional, is an intrinsic human characteristic. The use of technology has shaped how society interacts within and outside to tell stories about itself and others.” Starting from around the year 1800, technology has contributed to creating photography, motion pictures, telephones, radio, TV, digital media, mobile and social media; the current most influential form of communication is social media. He further said, “Recognizing the shift in content creation and consumption, RINSTRA has taken the lead by creating 20 November as the Pakistan Storytellers Day. RINSTRA’s efforts are to encourage more storytellers to embrace the digital platform economies and start creating content for social media platforms.”\
This year, 2020, RINSTRA exclusively supported journalists reporting in several categories, including Entertainment, Storytelling, Photo, and Video Journalism. The following winners are the award winners of the prestigious AGAHI Awards’ Journalist of the Year for 2020 in:
- Entertainment, Sara Tariq from BBC World Service
- Photo Journalist Fazal Khan from Dawn Media Group
- Video Journalist Sidra Azhra Dar from Voice of America (VOA)
- Storytelling, Sadeqa Khan from DW Urdu
Misbah Ishak Khalid, Chief Creative Officer for RINSTRA, gave the awards to the respective journalist at the AGAHI Awards 2020 ceremony held at NICL Auditorium Islamabad.