The Press Council of India has announced winners of National Awards for Excellence in Journalism in different categories comprising a citation and specified cash award.
Santosh Kumar of India Today, New Delhi and CK Sivanandan of Malayala Manorarma, New Delhi have been given a joint award in the category of Raja Ram Mohan Roy for their investigative journalism; they will be given Rs 50,000 each. Manu Pubby of The Indian Express has been given a certificate of Creative Excellence with cash prize of Rs 25,000 in the same category.
Upmita Vajpai of Dainik Bhaskar, Bhopal and Sebin S Kottaram of Malayala Manorama, Kottayam have been jointly chosen for top honour Stree Shakti Award. They will be given Rs 25,000 each, apart from the citation.
Sudipto Das of The Times of India, New Delhi and PN Pandey of The Indian Express, New Delhi have been given joint awards in the category of Photo Journalism (single news picture); they will be given Rs 25,000 each.
J Suresh of Malayala Manorama, New Delhi and Subhash Paul of Rashtriya Sahara, New Delhi has been given joint awards in the category of Photo Journalism (photo feature); they will also be given Rs 25,000 each.
Arif Aziz, Editor of Nadim, Bhopal and Ahmed Ibrahim Alvi, Chief Editor of Aag, Urdu Daily, Lucknow have been given joint awards in the category of Urdu Journalism. They will be given Rs 25,000 each, along with the citation.
The awards will be conferred on November 16, 2013 on the occasion of National Press Day, The winners were chosen by a jury comprising Sharvan Garg, KS Murthy, Kalyan Barooah, Sondeep Shankar, Sheetla Singh – all members of Press Council of India; Abhigyan Prakash, Executive Editor, NDTV; Anis Azmi, Secretary, Urdu Academy; SM Ashraf, Income Tax Commissioner; Neerja Chowdhury, Columnist/Journalist; and Alok Mehta, Editor-in-Chief, National Duniya.
The Press Council of India, entrusted with the responsibility of encouraging the media to observe the principle of ‘Freedom with Responsibility’ while perusing its duties, has instituted these awards to encourage ethical and responsible journalism.