The awards, instituted by the Express Group in 2006, celebrate stories that made a difference and qualities that define great journalism. The award-winning entries were selected by an eminent 10-member jury that included N R Narayana Murthy, mentor and founder, Infosys; Naresh Chandra, former Indian ambassador to the US; 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; Deepak Parekh, HDFC chairman; legal luminary Fali S Nariman and Keshub Mahindra, chairman, Mahindra & Mahindra.
The entries were all very good. Ranging from a broad range of subjects, the stories addressed a wide range of concerns. I found the entries better than last year and Ive noticed that each year, in both broadcast and print, the quality of work is improving, says Naresh Chandra.