The awards acknowledged the outstanding contributions of 29 of the countryâs finest journalists for their work in 2010
BestMediaInfo Bureau | Delhi | July 25, 2013
The sixth Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism Awards were presented today at the Taj Palace Hotel in New Delhi, presided over by Chief Justice of India P Sathasivam. Celebrating excellence, courage and commitment of print and broadcast journalists, the awards acknowledged the outstanding contributions of 29 of the countryâs finest journalists.
Speaking on the occasion, Chief Justice P Sathasivam said âThe momentum of journalism is due to two reasons â one, the award is in the name of a kingpin of journalism and two, the prominence of the awards is because of the winners.â A free and strong media is indispensable and journalism âempowers people with information and keeps the democratic process going on,â he added.
As part of the centenary celebration of its founder Ramnath Goenka, the Express Group instituted the Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism Awards in 2006. The Awards, the most prestigious event in the Indian media calendar, stand for the highest standards of accuracy, fairness and ethics in reportage.
The stories that were honoured with the Ramnath Goenka Awards came from many corners of the world and India. Stories that came from corners that have been overlooked in Chhattisgarh, Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh and from corners that squirm under a constant global media gaze in Kabul, Pakistan, Delhi and Mumbai. Stories that also blew the lids off scams and scandals, and stories of triumph, protests, and long waits for justice.
The Journalist of the Year Award for print went to Josy Joseph of The Times of India, for his expose of the Adarsh Housing Society scam, which forced a chief minister out of office and the government to order a probe.
Ravish Kumar of NDTV India won the Journalist of the Year Award for broadcast journalism. His programmes, Ravish Ki Report and Hum Log, stood out for their sensitivity, seriousness and research.
Speaking on 3 awards won by CNN-IBN, Rajdeep Sardesai, Editor-in-Chief,Â CNN-IBN, IBN7 &Â IBN-Lokmat said,Â âOnce again we are the proud recipients of three prestigious Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism Awards.Â I extend my heartfelt gratitude to the team atÂ CNN-IBNÂ for their undying efforts and also to our viewers whose undoubted faith has made our channel what it is today.â
Hindi news channel IBN7âs Smita SharmaÂ received the award in theÂ Reporting on Politics and GovernmentÂ category. Commenting on the award, Ashutosh, Managing Editor, IBN7 said,Â âIt gives us great pride to have become a recipient of a Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism Award.Â I extend my heartfelt gratitude to Smita Sharma for her undying efforts and encourage all our reporters to continue their excellent work and to strive for the best.â
The awards were given for work done in 2010. The winners were handpicked by a 10-member jury. Jury member Deepak Parekh, Chairman of HDFC said, âI have been associated with the Ramnath Goenka Awards for many years.Â Â It has been a great initiative.Â My best wishes to all the awardees and also the nominees as it was very difficult to choose the winners.Â I am sure this great and fearless responsibility is carried forward by media as our country probably needs it more than ever before.â
The jury also included N R Narayana Murthy, Executive Chairman and Founder, Infosys; N. Chandra, leading civil servant; Dr M S Swaminathan, agricultural scientist and Rajya Sabha MP; Shobhana Bhartia, Vice-Chairperson and Editorial Director, HT Media Limited; Bakul Dholakia, former IIM-A Director; Rama Bijapurkar, leading management consultant; Shyam Benegal, filmmaker; legal luminary Fali S Nariman and Keshub Mahindra, Chairman, Mahindra & Mahindra.
The Express Group also released âThe Prize Storiesâ on the occasion â featuring stories and reports that won the fixth Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism Awards. The book showcases some of the best journalism on politics, environment and business, sports and films, reports from conflict zones and âinvisibleâ India; stories that helped shape public opinion.
The presentation ceremony was followed by a panel discussion on âWhoâs afraid of social media?â
List of the winners:
|Mufti Islah||Reporting from J&K and the Northeast||Broadcast||CNN-IBN|
|Umashankar Singh||Hindi||Broadcast||NDTV India|
|Kamlesh Bholanath Deorukhkar||Regional Languages||Broadcast||IBN Lokmat|
|Divya Srinivasan||Environmental Reporting||Broadcast||NEWSX|
|Rupashree Nanda||Uncovering India Invisible||Broadcast||CNN-IBN|
|Latha Venkatesh||Business and Economic Journalism||Broadcast||CNBC TV18|
|Smita Sharma||Reporting on Politics and Government||Broadcast||IBN7|
|Smriti Advani||Sports Journalism||Broadcast||CNN-IBN|
|Priyanka Dube||Sports Journalism||Broadcast||CNN-IBN|
|Geeta Datta||Film and Television Journalism||Broadcast||NEWSX|
|Hridayesh Joshi||On-the-Spot Reporting||Broadcast||NDTV India|
|Harinder Baweja||Investigative Reporting||Broadcast||Headlines Today|
|Inder Malhotra||Lifetime Achievement Award||Â||Â|
|Mehboob Jeelani||Reporting from J&K and the Northeast||The Caravan|
|Prajeshsen G.||Regional Languages||Madhyamam Daily|
|Shalini Singh||Environmental Reporting||The Hindustan Times|
|Supriya Sharma||Uncovering India Invisible||The Times of India|
|Saumya Bhattacharya||Business and Economic Journalism||Business Today|
|Vandita Mishra||Reporting on Politics and Government||The Indian Express|
|Shivani Naik||Sports Journalism||The Indian Express|
|Suanshu Khurana||Film and Television Journalism||The Indian Express|
|Manu Pubby||On-the-Spot Reporting||The Indian Express|
|Chitleen Sethi||Investigative Reporting||Tribune|
|Amy Kazmin||Foreign Correspondent Covering India||Financial Times|
|Vidya Subrahmaniam||Commentary and Interpretative Writing||The Hindu|
|Shivani Singh||Prakash Kardaley Memorial Award for Civic Journalism||The Hindustan Times|
|Mahmood Farooqui||Books (Non-fiction)||Â||Penguin|
|Josy Joseph||Journalist of the year||The Times of India|
|Ravish Kumar||Journalist of the year||Broadcast||NDTV India|
|Pritha Chatterjee||Sanjeev Sinha Memorial Award||The Indian Express|
|Raakesh Natraj||Priya Chandrasekhar Memorial Award||The Indian Express|