59 journalists awarded Ramnath Goenka Award for Excellence in Journalism

NDTV 24X7's Sreenivasan Jain won the Journalist of the Year award for 2012. Surbhi Khyati of The Indian Express won the award for Investigative Reporting (Print) for 2011; Sanjiv Sinha Memorial Award for Excellence in Reporting (Print) went to Appu Esthose Suresh of The Indian Express

by exchange4media Staff
Published - Sep 11, 2014 1:33 PM Updated: Sep 11, 2014 1:33 PM
59 journalists awarded Ramnath Goenka Award for Excellence in Journalism

The Ramnath Goenka Award for Excellence in Journalism for the years 2011 and 2012 were given to 59 journalists from broadcast and print media under different categories at a ceremony in the National Capital on September 9, 2014.

The awards were given away by Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan. Speaking at the ceremony, Mahajan said, “The press should use its freedom in a responsible manner and be credible as it has an important role to play in democracy.”

She further said, “The media is considered the fourth pillar of democracy and we expect as much responsibility and transparency from it as from the other three pillars. A free press and a fearless press are in the interests of both society and the nation.”

In a fast-changing world, journalists must provide the people with information to make them both aware and strong, Mahajan said, adding, “The dissemination of information is the most powerful tool in strengthening the awareness of people.”

The Lok Sabha Speaker felt that Parliamentary proceedings are not always given adequate coverage and added that she had observed that on several occasions, high level and important debates are not highlighted by the media. In fact, at times, the reporting is distorted, she maintained. “I laud the media for highlighting issues of corruption and nepotism, but along with this, I want that the media should also focus on interesting and important debates that take place in Parliament. If the media does not give this adequate coverage then we can’t reap the benefits of democracy,” Mahajan added.

The Journalist of the Year award for 2012 went to Sreenivasan Jain of NDTV 24X7. Surbhi Khyati of The Indian Express won the award for Investigative Reporting (Print) for 2011 for her series exposing corruption in the National Rural Health Mission in Uttar Pradesh. The Investigative Reporting (Print) award for 2012 went to Mehul Srivastava, Andrew Macaskill and Adi Narayan of Bloomberg News for their story on how malnurition affects India’s children. The Sanjiv Sinha Memorial Award for Excellence in Reporting (Print) went to Appu Esthose Suresh of The Indian Express.

Observing that the Ramnath Goenka awards are highly respected, Mahajan said, “I never met Ramnath Goenka personally, everyone is familiar with his courage. He took up issues of the common people, society and politics and unflinchingly stood his ground.” She said that Goenka had given direction to the media during the Emergency.

Viveck Goenka, Chairman of The Indian Express Group, said 2011 and 2012, for which the awards were being given, were pivotal years for the country which saw the birth of an anti-corruption movement, its steady evolution and often devolution into a political party.

"We saw how the power of one leadership can be frittered away and how the power of another can be gained. More relevant to us is that we heard noise when we heard news, noise that even our remote controls could not control and too often we were looking for the wisdom to make out the difference. That is why today is so special because the men and women who we cheer today are those who helped us understand this difference, who covered stories with their ears to the ground and heard the news amid the noise,” he said.

Goenka stressed on the importance of institutions in facilitating good journalism. “In our frantic count of how many followers we have on social media and amid the pressure to collapse an argument into 20 seconds, we tend to forget that good journalism needs a good ecosystem of individuals and institutions,” he said.

The complete list of winners of the Ramnath Goenka Award for Excellence in Journalism for 2011 and 2012:

S.No. Category Year PRINT BROADCAST

1

PRAKASH KARDALEY MEMORIAL AWARD FOR CIVIC JOURNALISM

2011

Radheshyam Bapu Jadhav
The Times of India

NA

2012

Kunal Rajnikant Purohit
Hindustan Times

2

UNCOVERING INDIA INVISIBLE

2011

Anil Padmanabhan & Cordelia Jenkins
Mint

Umesh Aggarwal
Doordarshan

2012

Neelesh Misra &
Manish Mishra
Gaon Connection

Alka Atmaram Dhupkar
IBN Lokmat

3

HINDI

2011

Priyanka Dubey
Tehelka

NO AWARDEE

2012

Brijesh Singh
Tehelka

Sharik Rahman Khan
NDTV India

4

FILM AND TELEVISION JOURNALISM

2011

Dipti Nagpaul
The Indian Express

NO AWARDEE

2012

Shweta Thakur Nanda
The Week

Yasser Usman
ABP News

5

BOOKS
(NON-FICTION)

2011

Mark Tully
Penguin

NA

2012

Adrian Levy &
Cathy Scott-Clark
Penguin

6

REGIONAL LANGUAGES

2011

Reji R. Nair
Mathrubhumi

Siddu Biradar
TV 9

2012

Soman T.
Mathrubhumi

Prajakta R. Dhulap
IBN Lokmat

7

SPORTS JOURNALISM

 

2011

Anand Vasu
Sports Illustrated India

Vinayak Deepak Gaikwad
IBN Lokmat

2012

Shantanu Guha Ray
India Today

Vimal Mohan
NDTV India

8

REPORTING FROM J&K AND THE NORTHEAST

2011

Lambok Thabah
U Nongsain Hima

Sreenivasan Jain
NDTV 24X7

2012

Bashaarat Masood
The Indian Express

Maya Mirchandani
NDTV 24X7

9

ENVIRONMENTAL REPORTING

 

2011

R. Samban
Desabhimani

Arti Dattatay Kulkarni
IBN Lokmat

2012

Vinod Kumar Menon
Mid-Day

Ajay Suri & Asif Khan
National Geographic

10

BUSINESS AND ECONOMIC JOURNALISM

2011

Dinesh Unnikrishnan
Mint

Karma Paljor
CNN-IBN

2012

Nidhi Verma
Reuters

Manu C. Kumar
Manorama News

11

FOREIGN CORRESPONDENT COVERING INDIA

2011

Stephanie Nolen
The Globe and Mail

NA

2012

Victor John Mallet
Financial Times

12

INVESTIGATIVE REPORTING

2011

Surbhi Khyati
The Indian Express

Jajati Karan
CNN-IBN

2012

Mehul Srivastava,
Andrew Macaskill & Adi Narayan
Bloomberg News

Geeta Dutta
News X

13

ON-THE-SPOT REPORTING

 

2011

Manu Pubby
The Indian Express

Vishnu Som
NDTV 24X7

2012

Ashutosh Bhardwaj
The Indian Express

Arijit Sen
CNN-IBN

14

COMMENTARY AND INTERPRETATIVE WRITING

2011

Christophe Jaffrelot
The Caravan

NA

2012

Niranjan Rajadhyaksha
Mint

15

REPORTING ON POLITICS AND GOVERNMENT

2011

Vinod K Jose
The Caravan

Smitha Nair
CNN-IBN

2012

Muzamil Jaleel
The Indian Express

Marya Shakil
CNN-IBN

16

SANJIV SINHA MEMORIAL AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN REPORTING

Appu Esthose Suresh
The Indian Express

17

PRIYA CHANDRASHEKHAR MEMORIAL AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN EDITING

Ipsita Chakravarty
The Indian Express

 

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