The Ramnath Goenka Memorial Foundation is inviting entries for the 2009 Excellence in Journalism awards.
The awards are open for both print and broadcast journalists in 18 categories with cash prizes and scholarships on offer. The last date for entries is 15 November 2010.
Visit www.expressindia.com/rngf for further details.
Image: courtesy The Indian Express
In the cynicism that now envelopes modern Indian journalism, even the Ramnath Goenka awards for excellence in journalism awarded by the Indian Express are not beyond ideologically motivated barbs.
This letter to the editor of The Pioneer was published by the right-wing daily on Wednesday, 28 July, and it leaves no room for doubt about the writer’s (or the paper’s) political persuasion.
This refers to awards for excellence in journalism that have now become fashionable.
When the ethics of journalism have reached rock bottom, do such awards make any sense?
It seems that fabrication and sensationalism have become the motto of this new age ournalism. The reporting style of Jason Blair (sic) of The New York Times is a good case in point here. The media tends to sit in judgement and tries to wrongly mplicate a particular organisation or a person, especially in cases of communal violence.
Like in the Jhabua nun’s rape in 1998, Hindu organisations were initially blamed for the incident, which turned out to be false later.
Similarly, in the Sohrabuddin `fake’ encounter case and related events, a section of people is of the view that some information, as it suits the designs of the powers that be, is being withheld from the public. It is unfair that fake encounter cases that happened during the Congress regime are not being talked about at all.
Sunil Kumar, New Delhi
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The Ramnath Goenka Memorial Foundation, named after the founder of the Indian Express group, is inviting entries for the 2009 India Press Photo awards for excellence in photo journalism.
There are five prizes on offer. The picture of the year will get Rs 1.5 lakh, and the best pictures for spot news, general news, sports, and arts and entertainment, will respectively receive Rs 1 lakh each.
The last date for submission of entries is 31 August 2009.
Log on to www.expressindia.com/ippa for further details.
Snailmail: Ramnath Goenka Memorial Foundation, Express Building, 9 & 10, Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg, New Delhi – 110002
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This picture, of inmates at a home for the aged in Bangalore sharing their room with a recently deceased resident, shot by Selvaprakash L. on 13 May 2007, has won the India Press Photo award of the Ramnath Goenka Foundation. Selvaprakash, 30, formerly of the Tamil dailies Dinamalar and Dinakaran, is now with DNA.
Photograph: courtesy SELVAPRAKASH L.
PRESS RELEASE: Entries are now open for the Ramnath Goenka India Press Photo Awards 2008. Professional press photographers, photojournalists and documentary photographers are invited to send in pictures that show outstanding visual qualities and tell a news story with great force.
The Ramnath Goenka Picture of the Year Award will honour the entry that demonstrates an outstanding level of visual creativity and journalistic skill.
The winning photographer will receive a cash prize of Rs 1.5 lakh. Entries are open for pictures taken between 1 January 2006 and 31 December 2007, and are intended for publication.
The deadline for submitting entries by post is September 30, 2008.
The Awards, instituted by the Ramnath Goenka Foundation, are being presented by Canon this year. The award-winning photographs will be displayed at an exhibition in Bombay. For further details, rules and regulations, log on to www.expressindia.com/ippa.
The Express Group initiated the Awards to identify, promote and reward excellence in photojournalism and documentary photography in 2004. Last year, Vipin Pawar of DNA, Bombay, won the top award for his photograph of the stabbing of a young woman at the Gateway of India.
The awards also invite creative entries in various categories like arts and entertainment and sports apart from spot news, which requires immediate presence and documentation of hard news.
The Ramnath Goenka Foundation is inviting entries for the third annual Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism Awards. India’s biggest media awards, with 23 categories and over Rs 25 lakh as prize money, has added one more category, Excellence in Civic Journalism, this year.
The awards will be for the following categories:
- Journalist of the Year (Print & TV),
- Reporting from J&K and the Northeast (Print & TV);
- Excellence in Journalism, Hindi (Print & Broadcast);
- Excellence in Journalism, Regional Languages (Print & Broadcast);
- Reporting on Environment (Print & Broadcast);
- Reporting India Invisible (Print & Broadcast);
- Foreign Correspondent Covering India ( Print, Radio or TV);
- Business and Economic Journalism (Print & Broadcast);
- Political Reporting (Print & TV);
- Sports Journalism (Print & TV);
- Film & TV Journalism (Print &TV);
- Books (Non-fiction);
- Reporting on HIV/AIDS (Print, English & Marathi); and Civic Reporting (Print).
The award for HIV/AIDS reporting is instituted in association with USAID, Avert Society and Health Communication Partnership/Johns Hopkins University (HCP/JHU). The two award winners, one each in English and Marathi, will be nominated to attend the three-week Leadership in Strategic Health Communication Workshop at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health/Centre for Communication Programs in Baltimore, USA, in June 2008.
The new award for civic reporting has been instituted in memory of the former Resident Editor of The Indian Express in Pune, Prakash Kardaley. This award will honour a print journalist whose sustained effort highlights a civic issue and forces the authorities to find a solution to it. Kardaley, who defined pro-active journalism in Pune, was also one of the prime movers behind the Right to Information Act.
The presenting sponsor of the RNG Awards for Excellence in Journalism this year will be S. Kumars Nationwide Limited. The last date for submission of entries is 15 April 2008. Reports published or telecast between 1 April 2006, and 31 December 2007, are eligible to be submitted for this year’s awards.