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Ramnath Goenka Awards HIGHLIGHTS: Sensationalism of news is an insult to journalism, says Rajnath Singh

Ramnath Goenka Awards HIGHLIGHTS: Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, who was the chief guest at the event, handed over the awards to 29 winners in 18 categories — across print, broadcast and purely-digital — for outstanding work done in 2017.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: January 4, 2019 10:24:01 pm
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The Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism Awards, the most prestigious annual event in the Indian media calendar, was held in New Delhi today. Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh was the chief guest at the event and handed over the awards to 29 winners in 18 categories — across print, broadcast and purely-digital — for outstanding work done in 2017.

Speaking about The Indian Express founder Ramnath Goenka, Singh said, “If I said that the late Ramnath Goenka and his work during the Emergency was like a lamp in dark times, it would not come close to what he really did for India and its democracy.” He also said sensationalism of news is an insult to journalism and that Ramnath Goenka would have never allowed it while he was around.

On the relationship between the government and media, the Home Minister said, “Media should act as a bridge between the government and public. I also believe that this mentality is not valid that the press and the government cannot be friends. Mistakes can happen with anyone. I believe that these two pillars, even if they are not friends with each other, should at least not against each other.”

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The 13th edition of the Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism Awards was held today. Here are the HIGHLIGHTS.

20:13 (IST)04 Jan 2019
Stats show that false accusations are extremely low: Ritu Kapoor
19:59 (IST)04 Jan 2019
Rupa Jha: #MeToo has been a movement of both women and men

Rupa Jha, Head of Indian Languages, BBC World Service: "MeToo has been a movement of both women and men. It has given us feminists, a chance to change the social space. As editors we can be the starting point of social change. It's not going to be easy, but we have the chance to do it."

"These things were there before the hashtag came out, but there wasn't a sense of system which is why people didn't speak out as much," she added.

19:50 (IST)04 Jan 2019
We need more women in newsrooms and all organisations

Ritu Kapoor, co-founder and CEO of The Quint: "We need more women in newsrooms and all organisations. It has to constantly be a 50:50 gender representation. I don't mean hiding women, the voice of the women needs to be there on primetime. It's also important for us as a country to reshape our laws."

19:43 (IST)04 Jan 2019
Meena Baghel: Social media gave women the platform to speak openly

Meenal Baghel, Editor, Mumbai Mirror: "Social media for the first time gave women access to a public platform so that they could speak openly. The thing about #MeToo is that women are saying they will no longer be kept out of public debate."

19:41 (IST)04 Jan 2019
Dhanya Rajendran: After #MeToo, as journalists we need to think about what to do differently

Dhanya Rajendran, co-founder and Editor-in-chief, The News Minute, said, "After #MeToo, as journalists we need to think about what to do differently and how to report better."

19:30 (IST)04 Jan 2019
Speakers on the discussion panel
19:29 (IST)04 Jan 2019
Panel discussion on ‘#MeToo in the Newsroom: What editors can and should do’

Panelists in conversation over the subject ‘#MeToo in the Newsroom: What editors can and should do’ .

19:27 (IST)04 Jan 2019
RNG Award winners with Rajnath Singh

RNG Award winners with Rajnath Singh

19:25 (IST)04 Jan 2019
Panel discussion on ‘#MeToo in the Newsroom: What editors can and should do’

A panel discussion on the subject ‘#MeToo in the Newsroom: What editors can and should do’ is about to start shortly. The panel will have four women editors and newsroom leaders: Dhanya Rajendran, co-founder and editor-in-chief of The News Minute; Meenal Baghel, editor of Mumbai Mirror; Ritu Kapur, co-founder and chief executive officer of The Quint; and Rupa Jha, head of Indian Languages, BBC World Service. The discussion will be moderated by The Indian Express’s Deputy Editor Seema Chishti.

19:24 (IST)04 Jan 2019
Ananth Goenka and Viveck Goenka present illustration to Rajnath Singh
19:23 (IST)04 Jan 2019
Gulab Kothari wins the award in Commentary And Interpretative Writing (Print) category

Gulab Kothari of Rajasthan Patrika wins the award in Commentary And Interpretative Writing (Print) category

19:22 (IST)04 Jan 2019
Awards in Investigative Reporting category
19:20 (IST)04 Jan 2019
Brajesh Rajput wins the award in Political Reporting in Broadcast category

Brajesh Rajput of ABP News won the award in Political Reporting in Broadcast category.

19:19 (IST)04 Jan 2019
Raj Kamal Jha: We thank those who told their stories during #MeToo movement
19:18 (IST)04 Jan 2019
Raj Kamal Jha: Behind every story in every RNG Awards are people whom we will never know

Raj Kamal Jha, Chief Editor, The Indian Express: "Behind every story in every RNG Awards are people whom we will never know. The subjects, editors, copyeditors, designers, people in marketing and advertising who get resources to get the story told. It is the web of these relationships that lets us be here."

19:16 (IST)04 Jan 2019
Raj Kamal Jha congratulates the winners of RNG Awards
19:15 (IST)04 Jan 2019
Sushant Singh wins the award in Political Reporting in Print category
19:14 (IST)04 Jan 2019
Tashi Tobgyal wins the award in Photo Journalism category
19:14 (IST)04 Jan 2019
Dipankar Ghose wins the award in Feature Writing in Print category
19:13 (IST)04 Jan 2019
RNG Awards: On The Spot Reporting category

Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism Awards will be held today in New Delhi.

Ramnath Goenka Awards HIGHLIGHTS: The Express Group instituted the Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism Awards in 2005 as part of the centenary year celebrations of its founder, Ramnath Goenka. The awards aim to celebrate excellence in journalism, recognise courage and commitment and showcase the outstanding contributions of journalists from across the country.

In print section, awards will be given under these categories -- reporting from J&K and the Northeast, reporting in Hindi language, regional languages, environmental reporting, uncovering India invisible, business and economic journalism, political reporting, sports journalism, on the spot reporting, investigative reporting, feature writing, foreign correspondent covering India, commentary and interpretative writing, civic journalism, photojournalism and books (non-fiction).

In the broadcast category, awards will be given under these categories -- reporting from J&K and the Northeast, Hindi language, regional languages, environmental reporting, uncovering India invisible, business & economic journalism, political reporting, sports journalism, on the spot reporting, investigative reporting.

The 13th edition of the award ceremony will be followed by a panel discussion on the subject ‘#MeToo in the Newsroom: What editors can and should do’. The panel will have four women editors and newsroom leaders: Dhanya Rajendran, co-founder and editor-in-chief of The News Minute; Meenal Baghel, editor of Mumbai Mirror; Ritu Kapur, co-founder and chief executive officer of The Quint; and Rupa Jha, head of Indian Languages, BBC World Service. The discussion will be moderated by The Indian Express’s Deputy Editor Seema Chishti.

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