The stage is set for the Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism Awards, which acknowledge the finest in Indian journalism, print and broadcast, and in all languages. On Wednesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will present the awards for outstanding work in 2015, across 28 categories, at a ceremony in New Delhi.
The winning stories come from all corners of India, from Kashmir to the North-East, from big cities to small villages, and show an India that is as complex as it is diverse. They shine light on issues that need to be discussed and questions that need to be probed.
Instituted by the Ramnath Goenka Memorial Foundation in 2005 to celebrate the legacy of the founder of the Express Group, the Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism Awards have, over the years, become a benchmark of excellence. It is now the most coveted annual event in the Indian media calendar.
The awards recognise and honour excellence in journalism and showcase outstanding contributions and individuals every year. Categories cover the print and broadcast media spectrum, from investigative, political and sports journalism, to feature writing and interpretative writing.
For the jury, choosing winners from a pool of stories that come from across the country is always a challenge.
“As always, there were quite a few very good stories, and that makes it very difficult to choose. I try to see the uniqueness of the story and its importance, along with the impact,” jury member and former Chief Election Commissioner S Y Quraishi said.
“As the country’s most prestigious awards event, we need to keep the breadth and width of such awards, both in terms of reportage from the ground as well as analysis from above. Ideally, both should inform every piece of writing that makes it to these awards, because the search here is for excellence at the national, regional and local levels,” jury member and senior journalist Pamela Philipose said.