Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism Awards: A day to celebrate the finest in Indian journalism

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New Delhi | Updated: November 23, 2015 8:51:56 AM

The stage is set for the biggest annual event in the Indian media calendar. The eighth edition of Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism Awards...

The Ramnath Goenka Awards for Excellence in Journalism, instituted by the Ramnath Goenka Foundation to celebrate the legacy of the iconic founder of The Indian Express Group, recognise and honour excellence in journalism and showcase outstanding contributions and individuals every year.The Ramnath Goenka Awards for Excellence in Journalism, instituted by the Ramnath Goenka Foundation to celebrate the legacy of the iconic founder of The Indian Express Group, recognise and honour excellence in journalism and showcase outstanding contributions and individuals every year.

The stage is set for the biggest annual event in the Indian media calendar. The eighth edition of Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism Awards, which will honour the finest in Indian journalism in print and TV across languages, will be held in Delhi on Monday.

Union Minister for Finance, Corporate Affairs and Information & Broadcasting Arun Jaitley, the chief guest, will give away the awards to journalists selected by an eminent jury. Following the award presentation, there will be a conversation with Aamir Khan, one of India’s most influential actors.

The Ramnath Goenka Awards for Excellence in Journalism, instituted by the Ramnath Goenka Foundation to celebrate the legacy of the iconic founder of The Indian Express Group, recognise and honour excellence in journalism and showcase outstanding contributions and individuals every year. Categories cover the print and broadcast media spectrum, investigative, political and sports journalism, to books, feature writing and regional language. The individual awards also include a prize money of 1 lakh.

 

At this year’s function, the winners of 2013 and 2014 will be honoured. There are 29 winners from 2013, while 2014 has 27.

The winners have been chosen by a five-member jury comprising former Supreme Court Judge B N Srikrishna, HDFC Ltd Chairman Deepak Parekh, Sashi Kumar, Founder, Asianet TV Channel and Chairman of Asian College of Journalism, Former Chief Election Commissioner SY Quraishi and journalist Pamela Philipose.

“I personally found the range of stories fascinating. Overall, the Indian entries represented the state of Indian news media. The range and approach was refreshing too. It’s a terrible job to choose one over the other, and
this always happens. This is indeed a contest of excellence,” says Kumar.

“Many criteria were laid down and we pored over what the social importance of the story is. We reflected on the manner and the language, and considered individually each of these aspects for the purpose of the award. The scale of the stories was the best, and some of them were beautifully reported. We read about the shenanigans from all corners of the country on a daily basis, but these stories talked in depth about people suffering or getting harassed by the authorities from remote corners. That is the type of journalism that is required. Not the shenanigans of the cream of the society,” says Srikrishna.

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