profession of journalism has also been at the heart of Goan
individuals. Although writing is an art that comes both, with natural
instincts and with indulgence in knowledge-based habits & interests, it
does not necessarily produce journalists. All writers are not journalists
but they do have their own reputation in their respective domains of
interest - authoring books, writing poetry, scripting for specialized
Anthony Mascarenhas was probably one of the most prolific of journalists
to be produced by the community. He wrote for the Morning News which was
the largest circulated newspaper in East and West Pakistan. His daring
political analysis of the brewing-up of the crisis that dismantled the
East wing was a turning point in the history of journalism in Pakistan.
In the sports arena there have been several, Michael Ignatius was the
Sports Editor of the Morning News in the 1960s and contributed in a big
way to make the morninger a household name in Pakistan. This writer
started as a rookie correspondent for Morning News in 1975 covering local
sports news, including the two Champions Trophy Hockey World Championships
held in Karachi and later the World Cup Hockey Tournament in Bombay in
1982; also including a small stint in the Dawn Group, writing for the city
pages in The Star.
Lionel Andrades also started his career with the Morning News in the 1980s
and wrote for the city pages, including special features for various news
magazines and periodicals. Walter Fernandes was one of the most well-known
sports writers of his time in the 1980s and 1990s writing as a Sports
Correspondent for Dawn. His critical analysis of the sports he covered
earned him respect from his senior colleagues. Ian Fyfe too was with Dawn
sports covering horse-racing, billiards and cricket. Robin Fernandes has
been another promising journalist who started his career with the Monthly
SHE magazine and moved on to write for reputable news magazines. Robin is
currently the editor of The Christian Voice.
Today we have the versatile and brave political analyst Cyril Almeida who
writes regularly for Dawn, including hosting programs on Politics on Dawn
TV. His articles have a peculiar nip and his viewpoints on critical
national issues have earned him good respect among his readers and fellow
media people. Marilou Andrew is another talented journalist now writing
for Dawn's marketing publication called Aurora.
Yet another fine exponent in writing is Frederick Nazareth who has
excelled himself as a content writer in the field of advertising and
communications, having spent a good 35 years in the profession. Cheryl
Antao, formerly of Karachi and now residing in Toronto, Canada has
blossomed into a prolific poet, having published her first book recently.