Press Club Mumbai announces journalism awards

07 Mar,2013

By A Correspondent


The Press Club Mumbai has announced its journalism awards for 2013.


With the awards, the Club seeks to promote good journalism – quality writing, bringing news speedily and truthfully to consumers, and the upholding of high ethical standards. In the pursuit of these goals, the Press Club had instituted ‘Awards for Excellence in Journalism’ in 2011.


Last year, Press Club received over 600 entries from all over the country for the seven categories of awards. In view of the good response and the need to broaden the spectrum, the number of award categories has been increased to 10. Besides adding ‘Science and Technology’ as a category, the Awards have widened the scope of journalists who can enter by adding awards for: ‘The Television Story of the Year’ and the ‘Photo Story of the Year’.


The categories for 2013 Awards are:

1. Sports: The K N Prabhu Award for Excellence in Sports Writing instituted by the Press Club and Podar Enterprise.


2. Crime: The Pradeep Shinde Award for Excellence in Crime Reporting for the Best Crime story or investigation in 2012.


3. Politics: Award for the Best Political Story of the Year for the most outstanding news report/commentary/investigation related to political events or leaders in the country.


4. Business: Award for the Best Business Story of the Year for the most outstanding news report/commentary/ analysis in respect of corporate bodies or finance and banking or economic policy-making.


5. Entertainment & Media: Entertainment Writer of the Year Award for the best news Story/report/analysis of events related to entertainment and celebrities featuring filmed entertainment, television or other mediums.


6. Health & Environment: Award for the Best Story on Health / Environment for the most outstanding contributions to bringing the spotlight on a burning or relevant issue concerning health or the environment.


7. Science & Innovation: The Story of the Year in the Field of Science and Innovation for the best article or analytic piece published on scientific discovery or pioneering innovation in India that promises to impact people’s lives and society.


8. Television Story of the Year: The search is on for the first time to spot and award the best TV news story of 2012 for investigation and impact. Stories will be judged on the visual elements, the text and presentation, as well as overall impact.


9. The Big Picture: A special award for photo-journalists will be given to the best photo/image that tells a story published in an Indian newspaper/magazine and which left its readers spellbound and thinking.


10. Lifetime Achievement: An award to an editor or senior journalist for his/ her outstanding contribution to journalism, development of ethical writing; and for the defense and expansion of the boundaries of Freedom of the Press.


Each of the categories of awards will carry a cash prize of Rs.1 lakh. The winning article/video story/image will be awarded prize money of Rs.75,000 and a citation, while the runners-up will be awarded prize money of Rs.25,000 and a citation. Indian journalists residing anywhere in the country are eligible to apply for the awards. The Lifetime Achievement Award will be selected by a special jury from among a shortlist drawn up by the Managing Committee of the Press Club. Editors or editorial heads can also nominate stories/articles of journalists working in their charge. The Awards Ceremony will be held in Mumbai sometime in May 2013. A distinguished panel of judges in all categories appointed by the Press Club will decide on the winning entries. For details, visit:


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