23 winners presented Ramnath Goenka Awards

21 Jan,2020

 

By A Correspondent

 

“Democracy is meaningful” only if its “citizens are well informed…Truth is the only compass for good journalism, ” said President  Ram Nath Kovind as he gave away the Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism Awards in New Delhi .

 

Delivering the address at the 14th edition of the Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism Awards in New Delhi, the President said: “The quest for truth is, of course, difficult and easier said than done. But it must be pursued. A democracy like ours deeply relies on the uncovering of facts and a willingness to debate.”

 

At the ceremony,  awards were presented to 23 winners in 11 categories — across print, broadcast and purely-digital — for outstanding work done in 2018.

In his welcome address, Viveck Goenka, Chairman of the Express Group, said: “We couldn’t have had a chief guest who better encapsulates the values we celebrate this evening”.

Speaking about the winners, he said that “these stories also ask questions of fairness and empathy they take neither a no nor a yes for an answer” and search for what lies in between. He added that “they are firm in their resolve to embrace complexity, not reduce the story to either pro this or anti that… these stories tell us why journalism matters”

Anant Goenka, Executive Director of the Express Group, presented Kovind with a portrait. Indian Express Chief Editor and author Raj Kamal Jha also spoke on the occasion.

The RNG Award winners were chosen by an eminent jury that included Tom Goldstein, Professor and Dean, Jindal School of Journalism & Communication, O P Jindal Global University; S Y Quraishi, former Chief Election Commissioner; Pamela Philipose, journalist and Senior Fellow at the Indian Council of Social Science Research; and, former Supreme Court judge, Justice BN Srikrishna. Among those present at the awards ceremony were Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora, JD(U) leader KC Tyagi, former ABVP national organising secretary Sunil Ambedkar, Prasar Bharati Shashi Shekhar Vempati, Principal Director General of Press Information Bureau Kuldeep Singh Dhatwalia, eminent jurist Fali Nariman and D Raja, CPI General Secretary.

The Express Group instituted the Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism Awards in 2005 as part of the centenary year celebrations of its founder, Ramnath Goenka. The awards aim to celebrate excellence in journalism, recognise courage and commitment and showcase the outstanding contributions of journalists from across the country.

 

List of winners:

 

Here’s the full list of winners of the RNG awards this year

Reporting from Conflict Zones

Dipankar Ghose, Indian Express (Print/Digital): For Stories told from the deep jungles of Bastar that often get lost in the State vs Maoists binary

Dheeraj Kumar, Late Achyuta Nanda Sahu and Mormukut Sharma, Doordarshan (Broadcast): The DD News team came under Naxal attack while covering the Chhattisgarh elections from Nilavaya village. Sahul lost his life in the attack.

Hindi reporting

Diti Bajpai, Gaon Connection (Print/Digital): For her seven-part series on rising instances of sexual assault on minors

Shadab Ahmad Moizee, TheQuint.com (Broadcast): For his report on the agonising wait of families whose dear ones went missing in the 2013 Muzaffarnagar riots

Regional Languages

Anwesha Banarjee, EI Samay (Print/Digital): For her stories on human trafficking told through the livest of the women of a nomadic tribe

Saneesh TK, Manorama News (Broadcast): For bringing out the devastation in Wayanad through people who lost homes, friends and relatives in the August 2018 floods.

Environment, Science & Technology reporting

Mridula Chari & Vinita Govindrajan, Scroll.in (Print/Digital): For their two-part investigation on how tax regulations allowed farmers to use at least 99 lethal chemical as pesticides.

Sarvapriya Sangwan, BBC News Hindi (Broadcast): For capturing the impact uranium mining was leaving on the life of the indigenous people and the environment in Jadugoda, Jharkhan

Uncovering India Invisible

Hina Rohtaki, The Indian Express (Print/Digital): For her stories of people in Morni, Haryana, who would wad through the Ghaggar river or walk over a 20-foot high pipeline to get to school or work.

Asmita Nandy and Meghnad Bose, TheQuint.com (Broadcast): For thier documentary that uncovered why lynchings carried out in the name of the cow have become a new normal.

Business & Economic Journalism

Nidhi Verma, Thomson Reuters (Print/Digital): For the economic and politics of sanctions, as India came under pressure from the US to stop importing oil from Iran.

Politics & Government

Sushant Kumar Singh, The Indian Express (Print/Digital): For some of the biggest breaks of the year – from Rafale talks to details of the Naga accord.

Moumita Sen, India Today TV, Shikha, India Today TV (Broadcast): For their show ‘Election Influencer’ that looked at the nuts and bolts ot the giant election machinery.

Investigative Reporting

Teena Thacker, Mint (Print/Digital): For her stories detailing the pain that Indian victims of Johnson & Johnson’s faulty hip implants went through.

Poonam Agarwal, TheQuint.com (Broadcast): For her investigation on whether donations made through the electoral bond scheme were, in fact, anonymous as claimed by the government.

Civic journalism

Aniruddha Ghosal, News18.com (Print/Digital): For his investigation that revealed that the UP government’s claim of having controlled encephalitis was based on data that didn’t quite add up.

Photojournalism

C Suresh Kumar, The Times of India (Print/Digital): For zooming into places, faces away from headlines, like the heat and dust of Jallikattu, and soccer players queuing up before a yellow plastic pot

Books (Non-Fiction)

Gyan Prakash (Print): For his book, Emergency Chronicles, which takes us back to Independence to try understanding the darkest two years in India’s democracy.

 

 

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