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Ramnath Goenka award for HT Mumbai

Thursday night saw a celebration of the courage and spirit of India’s best journalists at the Ramnath Goenka Awards for Excellence in Journalism. President Pratibha Patil handed out awards to a total of 31 winners in 29 categories at the function held in New Delhi.

delhi Updated: Jul 23, 2010 01:15 IST
HT Correspondent

Thursday night saw a celebration of the courage and spirit of India’s best journalists at the Ramnath Goenka Awards for Excellence in Journalism. President Pratibha Patil handed out awards to a total of 31 winners in 29 categories at the function held in New Delhi.

Hindustan Times’ Mumbai edition won the award for on-the-spot reporting (print), a new category, for its coverage of the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks.

Soumya Bhattacharya, resident editor, HT Mumbai, accepted the award.

Siddharth Varadarajan of The Hindu won the Ramnath Goenka Journalist of the Year award (print) for his exhaustive coverage of the Indo-US nuclear deal, while Arnab Goswami of Times Now won the Journalist of the Year award (broadcast) for his coverage of the 26/11 attacks.

A new award was instituted in the memory of Vijay Pratap Singh, a reporter with Indian Express, Allahabad, the award for courage in journalism.

The inaugural trophy went to Singh posthumously.

Singh was fatally injured in a bomb blast outside an Uttar Pradesh minister’s house on July 12.

Among the other winners in the print section were Teresa Rehman of Tehelka for reporting from Jammu and Kashmir and the North-east; Geetashree of Outlook for excellence in Hindi Journalism; and Mini Kapoor of Indian Express for excellence in sports journalism.

Varghese C. Thomas of Malayala Manorama won in the environmental reporting category and Harneet Singh of Indian Express won the award for excellence in film and television journalism.

Some of the winners from the broadcast section were Arijit Sen of CNN-IBN for excellence in reporting from J&K and the North-east; Abhisar Sharma of Aaj Tak for excellence in Hindi Journalism; and Shweta Rajpal Kohli of NDTV 24X7 for business and economic journalism.

While addressing the gathering, President Patil said, “Today, the media operates in a relentless 24-hour news cycle. In this situation, the newspaper headlines in the morning are no longer new. Therefore, while on the one hand, newspapers have to offer readers much more than what were the headlines on the TV screen yesterday, on the other hand, TV channels have to constantly find ways of filling up the 24 hours. Sometimes, this can lead to crisis of content. Issues can be trivialised, while trivial issues can become headlines. The impact of TRPs on news television channels is another issue on which some reflection is required, to determine programming content.”