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.”
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."
"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." - @writemeenal— The Indian Express (@IndianExpress) January 4, 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."
Speakers on the discussion panel
The panel has @dhanyarajendran co-founder and editor-in-chief of @thenewsminute; @writemeenal , editor of @MumbaiMirror; @kapur_ritu, co-founder and CEO of @TheQuint; and @rupa_jha, head of Indian Languages, BBC World Service.— The Indian Express (@IndianExpress) January 4, 2019
@seemay will be moderating the panel. pic.twitter.com/meIF2jiPGA
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.
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
Brajesh Rajput wins 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."
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
Rajnath Singh: Saying that Mr Goenka's DNA was full of courage would not be an exaggeration
#RNGAwards | "Ramnath Goenka set up @IndianExpress in 1932. It was a very courageous thing to do. Saying that Mr. Goenka's DNA was full of courage would not be an exaggeration. Even @IndianExpress's DNA has a lot of courage." - @rajnathsingh pic.twitter.com/SkbNEUnuGi— The Indian Express (@IndianExpress) January 4, 2019
RNG Awards: Winners of reporting from J&K and the Northeast category
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 Regional Languages award
#RNGAwards | Sandeep Ashok Acharya and Nishant Dattaram Sarwankar @LoksattaLive wins the award in Regional Languages (Print) category. @GunasekaranMu of @News18TamilNadu wins the award in Regional Languages (Broadcast) category pic.twitter.com/YXgPQqrxPq— The Indian Express (@IndianExpress) January 4, 2019
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.
Uncovering India Invisible for Print category awards
Parth Meena Nikhil and Pratima Mishra win the award in Uncovering India Invisible for Print category.
#RNGAwards | @parthpunter of @PARInetwork wins the award in Uncovering India Invisible for Print category.— The Indian Express (@IndianExpress) January 4, 2019
@pratimamishra04 of @abpnewstv wins the Uncovering India Invisible award in Broadcast category pic.twitter.com/6snKQhcgyW
Shalini Nair from The Indian Express wins the award in Civic Journalism, Print
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