The Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism Awards function was held in New Delhi on Wednesday. Prime Minister Narendra Modi was the guest of honour and gave away these awards across 28 categories for exceptional work in print, broadcast and online journalism in English, Hindi and regional languages. During his address, PM Modi lauded Ramnath Goenka’s contribution to journalism and said, “Ramnath Goenka ji was steadfast in his values and ethics. I had the opportunity to meet him when he had come to Gujarat.”
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After his address, Chief Editor Indian Express Raj Kamal Jha addressed the audience. He deftly made a point that good journalism is not dead. “It’s not that good journalism is dying. It’s that bad journalism is making lot more noise than it used to five years ago. Good journalism should be defined by the work we celebrate today,” he said.
The Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism Awards was instituted by the Ramnath Goenka Foundation in 2005 to celebrate the legacy of the founder of The Indian Express Group. 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.
Here are the highlights: