‘Information Revolution and News’ | Sunday Observer

‘Information Revolution and News’

The book titled Information Revolution and News written by veteran media person Sugath Rathnayake was launched in Colombo recently with the participation of religious dignitaries, politicians, university academics, veterans in communication and media and distinguished international delegates. Delivering the keynote address at the event Dr. Tudor Weerasinghe of Sripali Mandapaya of the University of Colombo said the book Information Revolution and News would serve well as a handbook in the field of Mass Communication and Media, filling a long felt void in this field of specialty. That book has already been endorsed by the Ministry of Education as a permitted book for school libraries.

Sugath is at present working as an Advisor to the Sinhala Service of the China Radio International (CRI) in Beijing. He has made use of his practical experience and theoretical knowledge he gained spanning over 15 years in the field of media in writing the book.

The book is specially targeted for those in the field of media and university students. It is also approved by the National Libraries and Documentary Services Board of Sri Lanka as a book for public libraries.

Sugath, a product of Dambagalla Piyarathana Maha Vidyalaya, Moneragala has obtained his B.A. special degree in Economics from the University of Kelaniya as well as M.A. in Mass Communication. At present he is pursuing further studies for MPhil in the field of Mass Communication.

Being a lover of literary works since his early childhood, Sugath has won awards at art festivals such as Maage Deshaya Avadikaranu Mana (Wake up my land) conducted by the University of Peradeniya, Arunodaye Daruwo (Children in the sunrise) conducted by the University of Sri Jayawardanapura and Bihidora Abiyasa (Before the Communication doorway) conducted by the University of Kelaniya.

A veteran international news editor working in the field of international news for many years, Sugath is well known for his analytical expertise in the reporting of international news. He was a freelance writer to the Dinamina for four years and has written on different subjects concerning political, social, economic, educational, cultural, arts and law. At present he is also the editor of the three-monthly news bulletin, Subhasara published by the courtesy of China Radio International and Sri Lanka Red Cross.

In appreciation of his services in the field of Mass Communication and Media, Sugath was conferred an honorific accolade Piyarathane Wishistayo by his alma mater – Dambagalla Piyaratana Maha Vidyala together with the Old Boys’ Association in 2018.

- PR