The Express Group instituted the Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism Awards in honour of its founder Ramnath Goenka. The Awards aim to celebrate excellence in journalism, and showcase outstanding contributions and individuals every year.
The journalists who were honoured with the awards in 2014 are as follows:
Prakash Rakesh Kardaley Memorial Award for Civic Journalism
Radheshyam Bapu Jadhav (The Times of India): For his report on illegal buildings in Pune and residents’ fear amid political apathy.
Uncovering India Invisible
Print | Team Lokmat (Lokmat Media): For telling the story of how Bharat meets India, in fields such as education, solar power, sports medals, and mobile phones.
Broadcast | Uma Sudhir (NDTV 24×7): For her report on migrant workers from Odisha working in Andhra Pradesh.
Print | Brijesh Singh (Tehelka): For his story on the plight of ex-militants of Kashmir who returned from Pakistan.
Broadcast| Sharik Rehman Khan (NDTV India): For his report on ‘love jihad’ in UP.
Print | Aniket Vasant Sathe (Loksatta): For his series on the armed forces – from what ails Sukhoi fighters to use of modern surveillance equipment to track Naxals.
Broadcast | Saneesh TK (Manorama News): For his series on the M-Sand lobby in Kerala and its effect on the state’s rivers, leading to government action.
Lifetime Achievement Award: Kuldip Nayar
The Ramnath Goenka Foundation has honoured Kuldip Nayar, the man who symbolised journalism’s fight against the Emergency. He, as Editor, Express News Service, was put in jail under the Maintenance of Internal Security Act for leading a protest against the Emergency. Nayar, who has also worked with The Statesman, wrote a popular syndicated column, ‘Between the Lines’, and authored several books, including The Judgement and Beyond the Lines. His journalism career has spanned over five decades.
Print | Rahul Bhatia (The Caravan): For his story on how N Srinivasan became cricket’s biggest hitter.
Broadcast | Kunal Wahi (NDTV India): For a documentary on a football academy in a Delhi slum, shot before the World Cup.
Reporting from J&K and the Northeast
Print | Esha Roy (The Indian Express): For her story on Irom Sharmila, capturing the life the activist lost and the memories that sustained her through her fight against AFSPA.
Broadcast| Chitra Tripathi (India News): For her coverage of the 2014 floods in Srinagar, bringing the victims’ plight to the attention of authorities.
Print | Madhavi Tata (Outlook): For her story on how the new Andhra Pradesh capital will destroy farming in Guntur, the state’s most fertile region.
Broadcast | Sushil Chandra Bahuguna (NDTV India): For his documentary on artificial glaciers, a system of water harvesting in Ladakh.
Business and Economic Journalism
Print | Krishn Kaushik (The Caravan): For his reports showing how the interests of ONGC were sacrificed to lure private players
Foreign Correspondent covering India
Print | Katy Daigle (Associated Press): For her series on asbestos, largely banned in the developed world but is pushed in India and encouraged among the poor.
Print | Hakeem Irfan Rashid and Raman Kirpal (DNA): For their stories based on the visitors’ log at the home of then CBI chief Ranjit Sinha.
Broadcast | Seema Malik Verma and Sharad Vyas (Zee MPCG): For their breaks, exclusives and investigative reports on the Vyapam Scam.
Print | Ashutosh Bhardwaj (The Indian Express): For his coverage of sterilisation deaths in Chhattisgarh, including profiles of women who had died.
Broadcast | Amitabh Pashupati Revi (NDTV 24X7): For a series of reports from Syria and Iraq on the havoc wrought by Islamic State.
Feature writing | Sohini Chattopadhyay (Open): For her story on Rohingya refugees from Myanmar living in a camp in Delhi.
REPORTING ON POLITICS AND GOVERNMENT
Print | Supriya Sharma (Scroll.in): For her reports on issues driving voters ahead of the 2014 general elections, covering 2,500 km across India on a train.
Broadcast | Marya Shakil (CNN-IBN): For her 2014 general elections coverage, including a documentary on Narendra Modi.
Dar Yasin (Associated Press): For capturing the destruction of the 2014 Srinagar floods, and the uphill journey for the victims.
Ravi Choudhary (The New Indian Express): For his photo series on victims of acid attacks, fighting both physical and emotional scars.
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