Josy Joseph & Ravish Kumar win Ramnath Goenka Journalists of the Year awards

25 Jul,2013

By A Correspondent


The sixth Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism Awards were presented on Tuesday (July 23) in New Delhi by Chief Justice of India P Sathasivam. Celebrating excellence, courage and commitment of print and broadcast journalists, the awards acknowledged the outstanding contributions of 29 of the country’s finest journalists.S


peaking on the occasion, Chief Justice P Sathasivam said “The momentum of journalism is due to two reasons – one, the award is in the name of a kingpin of journalism and two, the prominence of the awards is because of the winners.” A free and strong media is indispensable and journalism “empowers people with information and keeps the democratic process going on,” he added.


As part of the centenary celebration of its founder Ramnath Goenka, the Express Group instituted the Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism Awards in 2006. The awards stand for the highest standards of accuracy, fairness and ethics in reportage.


The Journalist of the Year Award for print went to Josy Joseph of The Times of India, for his expose of the Adarsh Housing Society scam, which forced a chief minister out of office and the government to order a probe.  Ravish Kumar of NDTV India won the Journalist of the Year Award for broadcast journalism. His programmes, Ravish Ki Report and Hum Log, stood out for their sensitivity, seriousness and research.


The awards were given for work done in 2010. The winners were handpicked by a 10-member jury. Comprising: N R Narayana Murthy, Executive Chairman and Founder, Infosys; Deepak Parekh, Chairman of HDFC, N. Chandra, leading civil servant; Dr M S Swaminathan, agricultural scientist and Rajya Sabha MP; Shobhana Bhartia, Vice-Chairperson and Editorial Director, HT Media Limited; Bakul Dholakia, former IIM-A Director; Rama Bijapurkar, leading management consultant; Shyam Benegal, filmmaker; legal luminary Fali S Nariman and Keshub Mahindra, Chairman, Mahindra & Mahindra.


The Express Group also released ‘The Prize Stories’ on the occasion – featuring stories and reports that won the fifth Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism Awards. The book showcases some of the best journalism on politics, environment and business, sports and films, reports from conflict zones and ‘invisible’ India; stories that helped shape public opinion.




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