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Paid news can distort news: President Pratibha Patil

Author | Akash Raha | Friday, Jul 23,2010 8:37 AM

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Paid news can distort news: President Pratibha Patil

The Indian Express Group on July 22, 2010 presented the fourth Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism Awards. The awards were given away by President Pratibha Patil. Courage, ethics, accuracy and fairness were the basis on which the awards were presented.

Speaking on this occasion, the President said that journalism has been intrinsically linked with our freedom struggle and stalwarts like Ramnath Goenka have given new shape to Indian journalistic tradition. “Journalism and media are important participants in the process of nation building. I am confident that media, which is a vehicle for disseminating news and for shaping an enlightened public opinion, will play its role of a catalyst for a positive change,” she said.

She further said that journalistic accounts were important chronicles of our times, however, there was a constant need for change. She called for increased sensatisation of information. “Today, the business environment has become very competitive. In an attempt to be the first to break the news, stories begin to be aired or come on the pages even before all facts have been fully verified and double checked. Honesty, integrity and conviction are the three fundamental characteristics that define a true professional journalist… Moreover, the duties of journalism and media can never be dictated by the market,” Patil affirmed.

She also expressed the hope that paid news would be kept under check and said, “Paid news can distort news, which interferes with the concept of a free, fair and objective press.”

The Ramnath Goenka Award instituted a new award this year – the Ramnath Goenka Award for Journalism of Courage, which was awarded posthumously to Vijay Pratap Singh, an Indian Express reporter who died this week after being injured in a blast in Allahabad.

Speaking on the occasion, Shekhar Gupta, Editor-in-Chief, The Indian Express, said, “Vijay Pratap Singh was a fearless reporter. The Award instituted in his memory will salute the spirit and courage of jornalism that does not give way even under tremendous pressure and seeks out the truth at all cost.”

The entries for all award categories were judged by a panel of 11 eminent jury members, which included Infosys mentor and founder Narayan Murthy; senior Supreme Court advocate Fali S Nariman; Rajya Sabha member MS Swaminathan; HDFC Chairman Deepak Parekh; former Cabinet Secretary Naresh Chandra; film director Shyam Benegal; TV interviewer and coloumnist Karan Thapar; HT Media Chairperson and Editorial Director Shobhana Bhartia; marketing consultant Rama Bijapurkar; Mahindra and Mahindra Chairman Kesub Mahindra; and former IIM Director Bakul H Dholakia.

The list of Award winners for the year 2010 is as follows:

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Publication
 
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1 Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism Awards for Reporting From J&K and The NorthEast Ms. Teresa Rehman Tehelka
2 Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism Awards for Hindi Ms. Geetashree Outlook
3 Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism Awards for Regional Languages Mr. Abhijit Vasant Ghorpade Loksatta
4 Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism Awards for Environmental Reporting Mr. Varghese C.Thomas Malayala Manorama
5 Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism Awards for Uncovering India Invisible Mr. Jiji Paul Malayala Manorama
6 Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism Awards for Business and Ecomomic Journalism Ms. Puja Mehra Business Today
7 Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism Awards for Sports Journalism Ms. Mini Kapoor The Indian Express
8 Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism Awards for Film and Television Journalism Ms. Harneet Singh The Indian Express
9 Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism Awards for On-the-spot Reporting The Hindustan Times Team Mumbai The Hindustan Times
10 Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism Awards for Investigative Reporting Mr. Shyamlal Yadav India Today
11 Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism Awards for Foreign Correspondent Covering India Mr. Joseph Leahy Financial Times
12 Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism Awards for Commentary and interpretative writing Mr. Saubhik Chakrabarti The Indian Express
13 Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism Awards for Civic Journalism Mr. Mahesh Gupthan Malayala Manorama
    
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Category
Name
Publication
1 Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism Awards for Reporting From J&K and The NorthEast Mr. Arijit Sen CNN-IBN
2 Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism Awards for Hindi Mr. Abhisar Sharma Aaj Tak
3 Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism Awards for Regional Languages Mr. Chunduri Venkata Satyanarayana TV-9
4 Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism Awards for Environmental Reporting Mr. Amey Vitthaldas Tirodkar IBN Lokmat
5 Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism Awards for Uncovering India Invisible Mr. Kamal Khan NDTV India
6 Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism Awards for Business and Ecomomic Journalism Ms. Shweta Rajpal Kohli NDTV
7 Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism Awards for Political Reporting Mr. Ajit Anjum News 24
8 Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism Awards for Sports Journalism Mr. Debayan Sen & Mr. Dhruv Varshney ZEE Sports
9 Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism Awards for Film and Television Journalism Mr. Suresh Mathew & Mr. Rohit Khanna CNN-IBN
10 Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism Awards for On the spot Reporting Mr. Shamsher Singh Headlines Today
11 Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism Awards for Investigative Reporting Mr. Rajesaheb Nadaf TV9

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