Firstpostbags the RedInk Award for its coverage on the acute drought conditions in Maharashtra’s Marathwada district. The platform covered the issue in an engaging and eye-opening 13-part series.
The RedInk Awards recognize excellence in journalism and promote best practices in the field. With over 15,000 entries across different categories, the Firstpost team emerged as the winner under the 'Environment - Print' category.
The extensive coverage and in-depth analysis of the issue was carried out by Firstpost journalists Sanjay Sawant, TusharDhara, NeeradPandharipande and ShraddhaGhatge.It was just last month that Firstpost’s journalist BindishaSarang won the Citi Journalistic Excellence Award 2017. The RedInk Award further stands testament to the highly-skilled journalists on the platform.
The 13-part series gave a comprehensive view of the subject to the readers, right from the causes of the crisis to steps towards mitigation, solutions and the laws pertaining to the issue. The series captured the crisis for a period of one year when rainfall was scarce in the state. The pieces brought the issue, often neglected, to the front and centre and highlighted the absolute helplessness of the farmers in Maharashtra.
Commenting on the occasion, B.V.Rao, Firstpost – Editor, said, “Maharashtra’s Marathwada drought coverage by Firstpost captured the nuances and the core pressing issue that plagues our state. It was a conscious effort to highlight the plight of the farmers relying on the weather conditions and create awareness among people. The drought is a reality and tends to take a backseat in the mainstream media, but through insightful analysis and reporting by the Firstpost journalists, we have been successful in bringing the matter to the fore.”