The Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism Awards 2017

Ramnath Goenka Excellence
Shri. M Venkaiah Naidu

On 20 December 2017, 27 journalists in 25 categories received the Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism Awards for their work in 2106, at a ceremony in New Delhi. The awards were presented by the chief guest on the occasion, vice president of India, Venkaiah Naidu. Amongst his comments on the need for a free and fair media based on “facts, independent, objective, balanced, sensitive and journalism that seeks out the news wherever it may be,” the vice president took note of and expressed his displeasure at India’s low ranking of 133 in a list of 180 countries in the World Press Freedom Index for 2016. He also listed the threats and intimidation that journalists face in an otherwise vibrant media space, and said this needs to be rectified.

Viveck Goenka, chairman of the Express Group, said, “Most media discussions these days revolve around how technology is rapidly changing the way we read news, share news and, in most cases, get our news—or get to decide what is news. Understanding each of these is crucial to understanding the future of our profession but let’s not confuse the means with the end.
“Technology and its tools amplify storytelling but the telling of that story is what we celebrate this evening. The first principles of our profession. They need constant reiteration and renewal,” he said.

Raj Kamal Jha, chief editor of the The Indian Express said, “We can respond to fear in one of two ways … We can either pull the sheet over our heads … like some of us have done so well … feel warm and safe inside … or, we can get up, and switch the lights on … Because only then will we get a sense of these fears … which one is shadow, which one is substance … which one we should ignore, which one we should fight.”

Full list of the winners:


Reporting From J&K And The Northeast: Abhishek Saha, Hindustan Times
Hindi: Rahul Kotiyal,
Regional Languages: Reshma Sanjeev Shivadekar, Loksatta
Environmental Reporting: Jimmy philip, Deepika Daily
Uncovering India Invisible: S.V Rajesh, Malayala Manorama
Business & Economic Journalism: Utkarsh Anand, The Indian Express
Political Reporting: Muzamil Jaleel, The Indian Express
Sports Journalism: Qaiser Mohammad Ali, Outlook
On The Spot Reporting: Shubhajit Roy, The Indian Express
Investigative Reporting: Ritu Sarin, P V Iyer & Jay Mazoomdar, The Indian Express
Feature Writing: Sangita Barooah Pisharoty, The Wire
Foreign Correspondent Covering India: Ellen Barry, The New York Times
Commentary And Interpretative Writing: Tamal Bandyopadhyay, Mint
Civic Journalism: Chaitanya Marpakwar, Mumbai Mirror
Photo Journalism: Waseem Andrabi, Hindustan Times


Reporting From J&K And The Northeast: Moumita Sen, India Today
Hindi: Ravish Kumar, NDTV India
Regional Languages: Dinesh Akula, TV5 News
Environmental Reporting: NO WINNER
Uncovering India Invisible: Manogya Loiwal, TV today
Business & Economic Journalism: Harshada Sawant, CNBC Awaaz
Political Reporting: Ashish Singh, News X
Sports Journalism: Bipasha Mukherjea, TV Today
On The Spot Reporting: Ashish Sinha, India News
Investigative Reporting: Sreenivasan Jain, NDTV 24×7

The Covid-19 pandemic led to the country-wide lockdown on 25 March 2020. It will be two years tomorrow as I write this. What have we learned in this time? Maybe the meaning of resilience since small companies like us have had to rely on our resources and the forbearance of our employees as we have struggled to produce our trade platforms.

The print and packaging industries have been fortunate, although the commercial printing industry is still to recover. We have learned more about the digital transformation that affects commercial printing and packaging. Ultimately digital will help print grow in a country where we are still far behind in our paper and print consumption and where digital is a leapfrog technology that will only increase the demand for print in the foreseeable future.

Web analytics show that we now have readership in North America and Europe amongst the 90 countries where our five platforms reach. Our traffic which more than doubled in 2020, has at times gone up by another 50% in 2021. And advertising which had fallen to pieces in 2020 and 2021, has started its return since January 2022.

As the economy approaches real growth with unevenness and shortages a given, we are looking forward to the PrintPack India exhibition in Greater Noida. We are again appointed to produce the Show Daily on all five days of the show from 26 to 30 May 2022.

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