Fifty one media professionals on Thursday were felicitated for highlighting gender issues and concerns through their work — at the seventh edition of the Laadli Media Awards.
The Indian Express journalist Pritha Chatterjee won the award for best investigative story for her reporting on lack of toilets in government schools in Mewat district, which had revealed that the drop out rates for girls had risen due to lack of sanitation facilities.
At the event, Nirupama Bargohain was awarded the Laadli Lifetime Achievement Award for her contribution as a writer and journalist to Assamese literature. Three Assamese print journalists were awarded for their work. While four print journalists from Odisha were awarded for their work highlighting gender issues.
The awards also saw two news websites — Youth ki awaaz and Two circles.net — winning the award for best feature and e-magazine category respectively. Amrita Nandy, a columnist with The Indian Express won the award for best OP-ED — Ticking Outside the Box.
Syed Mubin Zehra, from Jansatta, was awarded for his article — Bahadur Banaam Mardani under the Hindi Print article category. In the English print category, Poulomi Banerjee from the Hindustan Times was awarded for best feature for her story — Women at the Wheel. Aayush Goel from The Week was awarded for his investigative story — ‘A thousand sordid deceptions’.
Six journalists from the electronic medium were also awarded during the event, including Shalu Yadav from BBC under the best feature category.