FROM political corruption before assembly elections to a Manipur village preparing to be a Smart City, from an investigative series on who slept at the wheel as Delhi choked on its toxic air to a series of reports that probed top corporates who are loan defaulters — these are among the over 30 stories that will be honoured at the 2015 Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism Awards.
At a function in New Delhi on Wednesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will give away these awards across 28 categories for exceptional work in print, broadcast and online journalism in English, Hindi and regional languages.
The Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism Awards, the biggest annual event in the Indian media calendar, was instituted by the Ramnath Goenka Foundation in 2005 to celebrate the legacy of the founder of The Indian Express Group. It recognises excellence in journalism and showcases outstanding contributions by individuals each year. In both the size of the award and its scope, these are the largest news media awards in the country. With this year, over 300 journalists from over 50 news organisations — domestic and international — have received these awards.
Its categories cover investigative, political and sports journalism, non-fiction writing, feature writing, sports and entertainment, commentary and work done in regional languages. With categories such as Environmental Reporting, Uncovering India Invisible, Investigative Reporting, Interpretative writing, the awards applaud quality reportage and incisive opinion.
The 37 winners this year, said the five-member jury, showcase excellence in journalism, ask questions and go below the surface for answers. They highlight the complexities and conflicts of a country as diverse as India, the jury said. Their reportage and commentary have been a platform for both the voices in the headlines and those on its fringes.