The award presentation was preceded by a panel discussion on ‘Elections 2014: Were we fair, or did we stoke the NaMo wave?’
BestMediaInfo Bureau | Mumbai | June 9, 2014
Veteran journalists and senior editors graced the Grand Finale of the RedInk Awards 2014 held in Mumbai, on Saturday, June 7, 2014 evening. Instituted by the Press Club Mumbai, the panel discussion on ‘Elections 2014: Were We Fair, Or Did We Stoke the NaMo Wave?’ was part of the Grand Finale and saw 30 journalists win trophies in 15 categories of print and television awards.
Moderated by Star India CEO and the winner of RedInk Awards for Excellence in Journalism 2013 for his path breaking initiative, Satyamev Jayate, Uday Shankar, the discussion raised pertinent questions on the role of media in the recently concluded General Elections. The most awaited discussion was debated between the who’s who of the journalism and the media industry: Times Now Editor-in-Chief Arnab Goswami and IBN18 Network Editor-in-Chief Rajdeep Sardesai, Piyush Pandey, Executive Chairman & Creative Director, South Asia, Ogilvy & Mather, Kumar Ketkar, Chief Editor of Dainik Divya Marathi, in addition to other senior journalists.
Shankar said, “The future of journalism is bright because we do something that is essential to the society. We should not be cynical about the media, without them the country would not have been what it is.”
“Politics today is also about communication. Today, in primetime television, what the anchor says is more important than the panellists,” commented Rajdeep Sardesai.
“We are getting emotional about our politicians. We should not,” emphasised Arnab Goswami.
The discussion ended with Shankar saying, “I think there is too much reverence even now in Indian media. And, on the other hand, there is too much emotional attachment. Either we just completely cynical or when we go there we get sucked in. There has to be a balance in between. Overall, I think we shouldn’t be cynical about media. We have lots to capture and improve but without the media, this place, this country would be much worse.”
The Chief Guest, Governor of Maharashtra K Sankaranarayan, and the Guest of Honour, I&B Minister Prakash Javadekar presided over the awards ceremony.
Mrinal Pande, the first woman editor of multi-edition Hindi daily, Hindustan, who recently retired as the chairperson of Prasar Bharati, was honoured with the RedInk Lifetime Achievement Award.
The Press Club Mumbai’s RedInk Awards for Excellence in Journalism 2014, have been instituted to promote best practices among journalists and encourage good quality writing, fair play and high ethical standards. In the fourth year now, the RedInk Awards have been expanded and restructured this year to include important areas like ‘human rights’ as well as to draw a distinction between ‘breaking news’ of the day from the long-form, analytical writing of the magazine variety.