It is time to celebrate the best in Indian journalism once again

Written by fe Bureau | New Delhi | Updated: Jul 20 2013, 11:17am hrs
On Tuesday, July 23, the Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism Awards will recognise the commitment, courage, enterprise and excellence of the finest in Indian print and broadcast journalism.

Chief Justice of India P Sathasivam will be the Chief Guest at the ceremony at New Delhi's Taj Palace Hotel.

The Express Group instituted the Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism Awards in 2006 to honour the memory of the Group's legendary founder Ramnath Goenka. Over the years, the Awards have become the gold standard of journalism honours in India, the ultimate recognition that every outstanding journalist working in the country searches for today.

The Awards, the most prestigious annual event in the Indian media calendar, acknowledge stories that stand out and shine -- and applaud the reporters behind them. The Ramnath Goenka Awards stand for the highest standards of accuracy, fairness and ethics in reportage, the same principles that have continued to guide The Indian Express and its Group publications over many decades.

The top prize in the galaxy of honours will be the Ramnath Goenka Journalist of the Year Award, which carries a purse of Rs 2.5 lakh, and which will be given to an outstanding media personality in separate print and broadcast journalism categories.

Winners in other categories will get a prize of Rs 1 lakh each. This edition of the Awards will also see the introduction of a new category, the Lifetime Achievement Award.

The Express Group will also release on the occasion The Prize Stories -- a collection of the stories and reports that won the Sixth Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism Awards. The book will showcase some of the best reports on politics, environment, business, sport and films, besides stories from conflict zones and 'invisible' India which appeared during that period, made an impact and helped shape public opinion.

The Awards presentation ceremony will be followed by a panel discussion on 'Who's afraid of social media'

We live in a time when revolutions on Facebook and Twitter have grown legs and moved into the physical world, upsetting entrenched regimes and ushering in democracy, when blogs, Facebook 'Likes' and Twitter trends create some stories and refuse to let other stories die, and when social media gives individual voices to collectives.

And yet, social media can sometimes have effects that are unintended. Several Twitter revolutions in the recent past have flattered to deceive. And there is growing concern on whether trolls have started to get a choke grip on the magic that is the Internet.

Like the subjects of all great journalism, it is complex -- and promises a discussion that will be fascinating.