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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.

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The Indian Express’s Deputy Editor Seema Chishti in a panel discussion with Dhanya Rajendran, Meenal Baghel, Ritu Kapur and Rupa Jha on the Subject ‘#MeToo in the Newsroom: What editors can and should do’. (Express photo)

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.

Stats show that false accusations are extremely low: Ritu Kapoor

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.

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."

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."

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."

Speakers on the discussion panel

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’ .

RNG Award winners with Rajnath Singh

RNG Award winners with Rajnath Singh

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.

Ananth Goenka and Viveck Goenka present illustration to Rajnath Singh

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

Awards in Investigative Reporting category

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.

Raj Kamal Jha: We thank those who told their stories during #MeToo movement

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."

Raj Kamal Jha congratulates the winners of RNG Awards

Sushant Singh wins the award in Political Reporting in Print category

Tashi Tobgyal wins the award in Photo Journalism category

Dipankar Ghose wins the award in Feature Writing in Print category

RNG Awards: On The Spot Reporting category

Annie Gowen wins the award in Foreign Correspondent Covering India (Print)

Annie Gowen of The Washington Post won the award in Foreign Correspondent Covering India (Print).

RNG Awards: Business & Economic Journalism category

Team Reuters wins the award in Business & Economic Journalism (Print) category. Sushil Kumar Mohapatra of @ndtvindia wins the award in Broadcast category.

Sushant Kumar Singh wins the award in Political Reporting in Print category

Sushant Kumar Singh of the Indian Express won the award in Political Reporting in Print category.

RNG Awards winners 2018

Here's the list of all RNG Awards winners.

Rajnath Singh: Sensationalism of news is an insult to journalism

Rajnath Singh: Saying that Mr Goenka's DNA was full of courage would not be an exaggeration

RNG Awards: Winners of reporting from J&K and the Northeast category

Rajnath Singh: Ramnath Goenka's work was political but he never had any political ambitions

Rajnath Singh: Ramnath Goenka and his work during the Emergency was like a lamp in dark times

Rajnath Singh: No only the journalists, but the country will be indebted to Ramnath Goenka ji

Speaking at the RNG Awards, Home Minister Rajnath Singh remembered Ramnath Goenka's contribution to press freedom during the Emergency, saying: No only the journalists, but the country will be indebted to Ramnath Goenka ji.

RNG Award in Sports Journalism

RNG Regional Languages award

Milan Vaishnav wins the award in Books (Non-Fiction) category

Milan Vaishnav from the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace wins the award in Books (Non-Fiction) category.

Amit Kumar Singh wins the award in Hindi (Print) category

Amit Kumar Singh from The Wire wins the award in Hindi (Print) category.

Abhisar Sharma wins the Hindi award in Broadcast category

Abhisar Sharma of ABP News wins the Hindi award in Broadcast category.

Uncovering India Invisible for Print category awards

Parth Meena Nikhil and Pratima Mishra win the award in Uncovering India Invisible for Print category.

Shalini Nair from The Indian Express wins the award in Civic Journalism, Print

Shalini Nair from The Indian Express wins the award in Civic Journalism (Print) category.

Rajnath Singh at the RNG Awards

RNG Awards: Members of the awards panel

Panelists at the RNG Awards today-

Former Chief Election Commissioner SY Quraishi

Former Supreme Court judge Justice BL Srikrishna

Journalist and senior fellow at Indian Council of Social Research Pamela Philipose

RNG Awards LIVE streaming

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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