17th Ramnath Goenka Awards for Excellence in Journalism 2021&2022

17th Ramnath Goenka Awards for Excellence in Journalism 2021&2022:

Event: The 17th Ramnath Goenka Awards for Excellence in Journalism were presented in New Delhi for the years 2021 and 2022.

Presenters: The awards were presented by Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways, along with Viveck Goenka, Chairman of The Indian Express Group, Anant Goenka, Executive Director of The Indian Express Group, and Justice B N Srikrishna, jury member.

Key Points by Nitin Gadkari:

  • India’s economic progress is crucial, but convictions and principles are equally important in a democracy.
  • He emphasized the role of media in providing knowledge, not just information.
  • Reflecting on the Emergency, he highlighted the importance of standing by principles, citing Ramnath Goenka as an inspiration.

Award Categories: The awards recognized excellence in journalism across 13 categories, including investigative journalism, sports, politics and government, books, feature writing, and regional languages.

Winners: 44 journalists were honored for their outstanding contributions across print, digital, and broadcast mediums.

Media’s Role: Viveck Goenka emphasized the role of journalism in democracy, stating that good journalism goes beyond elections and serves the citizens’ right to know in a fair and accurate manner.

Record Entries: This year received a record number of 1,313 applications, indicating the continuing relevance and impact of journalism.

Guests: The event was attended by political leaders, diplomats, judges, and media personalities, including representatives from the India Today Group, former AMU V-C Tariq Mansoor, and Google’s Head of News Partnerships in India, Durga Raghunath.

Jury: The jury for the 17th edition included Justice B N Srikrishna, Prof. (Dr) C Raj Kumar, Dr S Y Quraishi, and K G Suresh, recognizing excellence in journalism.

Past Chief Guests: Past editions have seen eminent personalities like Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Chief Justice of India D Y Chandrachud, and former Presidents Pratibha Patil, A P J Abdul Kalam, and Ram Nath Kovind as chief guests.

Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism Award Winner 2021&2022

Category Year Winner Work
Hindi 2021 Kirti Dubey, BBC News Hindi Story on the police investigation following four lynching cases
2022 Anand Choudhary, India Today Magazine Story on the loopholes in the implementation of a Central scheme in Rajasthan
Regional Languages 2021 Shabitha MK, Mathrubhumi Daily Investigative series mapping the situation of women in Kerala jails
2022 Anand Madhusoodan Sowdi, Kannada Prabha Daily Reports on an appointment scam in Karnataka
Environment, Science & Tech 2021 Jayashree Nandi, Hindustan Times Stories on unplanned development in the higher reaches of the Himalayas
2022 Basant Kumar & Ayush Tiwari, Newslaundry Series on the slow choking of the Aravallis
Uncovering Invisible India 2021 Monica Jha, Freelance (Fifty-Two.in) Story on how a testimony by four child victims led to conviction in a trafficking case
2022 Rupsa Chakraborty, The Indian Express Series of stories on the backwardness of Nandurbar
Business and Economic Journalism 2021 Aditya Kalra & Steve Stecklow, Thomson Reuters Series on how Amazon’s business practices undercut small businesses
2022 Twesh Mishra, The Economic Times Story on the import of Made in China wheels by the Indian Railways
Reporting on Politics & Govt 2021 Ritika Chopra, The Indian Express Series of stories on the inner workings of the Election Commission
2022 Prajwal Bhat, The News Minute Coverage of the Udupi hijab row
Sports Journalism 2021 Mahender Singh Manral & Mihir Vasavda, The Indian Express Story on boxer Deepak Pahal and his descent into the world of crime
2022 Andrew Amsan, The Indian Express Story on how an IAS officer got a stadium emptied to walk his dog
Investigative Journalism 2021 Devesh Kumar Arun Gondane, Loksatta Investigation that uncovered the loopholes in a recruitment exam
2022 Zoya Hussain & Hera Rizwan, TRT World Story on hysterectomies among India’s women manual scavengers
Feature Writing 2021 Vandana Menon, The Print How an SDMC engineer tracked down Dara Shukoh’s burial site
2022 Raj Chengappa, India Today Story on the truth behind why Kashmiri Pandits had to flee their homes
Foreign Correspondent Covering India 2021 Joanna Slater & Niha Masih, The Washington Post Story on how a group of human rights activists were subjected to surveillance
Prakash Kardaley Memorial Award for Civic Journalism 2021 Vinod Kumar Menon, Mid-Day Series of stories on a raging pandemic
2022 Azeefa Fathima, Balakrishna Ganeshan & Prajwal Bhat, The News Minute Investigation on the prevalence of manual scavenging
Photojournalism 2021 Gurinder Osan, PTI Series of photographs from the 2020 Tokyo Olympics
2022 Abhinav Saha, The Indian Express Image of an IAS officer who got a stadium emptied to walk his dog
Books (Non-Fiction) 2021 Vijay Gokhale Book exploring the dynamics of negotiation between India and China
2022 Rahul Ramagundam Biography of the socialist politician George Fernandes
Broadcast (Hindi) 2021 Jugal Purohit, BBC Hindi News Documentary on hardships that healthcare workers faced during pandemics
2022 Hridayesh Joshi, Newslaundry Documentary on arsenic contamination in groundwater
Broadcast (Regional Languages) 2021 Sofia Bind, Media One TV Documentary on the Chola Nayakars of Kerala
2022 Tejas Vaidya, BBC News Gujarati Documentary from Bilkis Bano’s village, Randhikpur
Broadcast (Environment, Science and Technology Reporting) 2021 Princess Giri Rashir, EastMojo Documentary on the mushrooming of coking coal factories in Meghalaya
2022 Down To Earth Multimedia team, Down To Earth (Web Portal) Documentary told from nine of India’s cleanest cities
Broadcast (Uncovering India Invisible) 2021 Vishnukant Tiwari, The Quint Documentary examining what development means to tribals in Bastar
2022 Vikas Trivedi, BBC News Hindi Documentary on the salt workers in the Rann of Kutch
Broadcast (Reporting on Politics and Government) 2021 Brut India Documentary on a women-led movement in Assam
2022 Abhishek Bhalla, indiatoday.com Story on the Kashmiri Pandit community
Broadcast (Investigative Reporting) 2021 Meghnad Bose, The Quint Examining the money flow in the PM-CARES fund for vaccine development
2022 Saurabh Shukla, NDTV Uncovering the truth behind an incident of custodial torture in Saharanpur

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