President Ram Nath Kovind, Viveck Goenka, chairman of the Indian Express Group and others with the winners of RNG awards. (Express photo: Praveen Khanna)
From stories told from jungles deep inside Bastar that often get lost in the State vs Maoists binary to those that tracked rising instances of sexual assault on minors; from some of the biggest newsbreaks of the year to investigations that highlighted gaps between claims and numbers — these are some of the works from 2018 that were rewarded at the Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism Awards held in New Delhi on Monday.
President Ram Nath Kovind, who was the chief guest at the event, said the award honours those journalists from print, broadcast and digital media who have maintained the highest standards of their profession. He also said the winners, despite immense challenges, produced work that sustains public trust in the media and impacts the lives of people.
RNG Awards: Full text of President Ram Nath Kovind’s address
Here's the full list of winners of the RNG awards this year
Reporting from Conflict Zones
Dipankar Ghose, Indian Express (Print/Digital): For Stories told from the deep jungles of Bastar that often get lost in the State vs Maoists binary
Dheeraj Kumar, Late Achyuta Nanda Sahu and Mormukut Sharma, Doordarshan (Broadcast): The DD News team came under Naxal attack while covering the Chhattisgarh elections from Nilavaya village. Sahul lost his life in the attack.
Diti Bajpai, Gaon Connection (Print/Digital): For her seven-part series on rising instances of sexual assault on minors
Shadab Ahmad Moizee, TheQuint.com (Broadcast): For his report on the agonising wait of families whose dear ones went missing in the 2013 Muzaffarnagar riots
Anwesha Banarjee, EI Samay (Print/Digital): For her stories on human trafficking told through the livest of the women of a nomadic tribe
Saneesh TK, Manorama News (Broadcast): For bringing out the devastation in Wayanad through people who lost homes, friends and relatives in the August 2018 floods.
Environment, Science & Technology reporting
Mridula Chari & Vinita Govindrajan, Scroll.in (Print/Digital): For their two-part investigation on how tax regulations allowed farmers to use at least 99 lethal chemical as pesticides.
Sarvapriya Sangwan, BBC News Hindi (Broadcast): For capturing the impact uranium mining was leaving on the life of the indigenous people and the environment in Jadugoda, Jharkhan
Uncovering India Invisible
Hina Rohtaki, The Indian Express (Print/Digital): For her stories of people in Morni, Haryana, who would wad through the Ghaggar river or walk over a 20-foot high pipeline to get to school or work.
Asmita Nandy and Meghnad Bose, TheQuint.com (Broadcast): For thier documentary that uncovered why lynchings carried out in the name of the cow have become a new normal.
Business & Economic Journalism
Nidhi Verma, Thomson Reuters (Print/Digital): For the economic and politics of sanctions, as India came under pressure from the US to stop importing oil from Iran.
Politics & Government
Sushant Kumar Singh, The Indian Express (Print/Digital): For some of the biggest breaks of the year - from Rafale talks to details of the Naga accord.
Moumita Sen, India Today TV, Shikha, India Today TV (Broadcast): For their show 'Election Influencer' that looked at the nuts and bolts ot the giant election machinery.
Teena Thacker, Mint (Print/Digital): For her stories detailing the pain that Indian victims of Johnson & Johnson's faulty hip implants went through.
Poonam Agarwal, TheQuint.com (Broadcast): For her investigation on whether donations made through the electoral bond scheme were, in fact, anonymous as claimed by the government.
Aniruddha Ghosal, News18.com (Print/Digital): For his investigation that revealed that the UP government's claim of having controlled encephalitis was based on data that didn't quite add up.
C Suresh Kumar, The Times of India (Print/Digital): For zooming into places, faces away from headlines, like the heat and dust of Jallikattu, and soccer players queuing up before a yellow plastic pot
Gyan Prakash (Print): For his book, Emergency Chronicles, which takes us back to Independence to try understanding the darkest two years in India's democracy.
The RNG Award winners were chosen by an eminent jury that included Tom Goldstein, Professor and Dean, Jindal School of Journalism & Communication, O P Jindal Global University; S Y Quraishi, former Chief Election Commissioner; Pamela Philipose, journalist and Senior Fellow at the Indian Council of Social Science Research; and, former Supreme Court judge, Justice BN Srikrishna.