The sixth edition of the RedInk Awards for Excellence in Journalism also honoured T.N. Ninan for Lifetime Achievement and picked NDTV India’s Ravish as Journalist of the Year.
Mumbai: The Wire was named the RedInk Media Start-up of the Year on April 26 at the sixth edition of the annual RedInk Awards for Excellence in Journalism. The RedInk Awards are hosted by the Mumbai Press Club. The Wire contributor and journalist Meher Ali also won the award for the best print/online story under the human rights category for An Uncertain Refuge: The Fate of the Rohingyas in India. The report was published in The Wire in November 2015.
Veteran journalist T.N. Ninan, who is the chairman and editorial director of Business Standard, was given the Lifetime Achievement award. NDTV India’s senior executive editor Ravish Kumar was named Journalist of the Year. A total of 27 journalists received awards for their work under various categories, including crime, politics, business, environment, sports, health & wellness and lifestyle & entertainment. Entries from The Wire also made it to the short-lists for science, and business.
The RedInk Award for bravery – the ‘RedInk Veer Patrakar Puraskar’ – was posthumously given to journalist Jagendra Singh, and received by his 18-year-old daughter Diksha Singh.
Jagendra Singh, who was based in Uttar Pradesh, ran a Facebook page called Shahjahanpur Samachar, through which he exposed local MLA and Uttar Pradesh minister Ram Murti Verma’s links with illegal sand mining. Singh was set on fire on June 1, 2015, allegedly at Verma’s behest. He lost his life to severe burn injuries on June 8.
At the award ceremony in Mumbai, Maharashtra’s Governor C.H. Vidyasagar Rao called for strong legislation to protect journalists from violence.
A panel discussion titled ‘Who Shot the Messenger’ was moderated by columnist Shobhaa De, and featured Ravish Kumar, veteran journalist Minhaz Merchant, The Wire‘s founding editor Siddharth Varadarajan and Moneylife founder and editor Sucheta Dalal.
Below is the full list of this year’s winners:
Lifetime Achievement : T. N. Ninan, Business Standard
Journalist of the Year : Ravish Kumar, NDTV
Start-up of the Year : The Wire
Posthumous Award for Brave Reporting: Jagendra Singh
Science & Innovation
Print Gunjan Sharma, The Week
TV Pallava Bagla, NDTV
Print Meher Ali, The Wire
TV Rana Yashwant, India News
Print Gunjan Sharma, The Week
Print Pavithra S Rangan, Outlook
TV Mukesh Singh Sengar, NDTV
Print Vivekananda Nemana & Suresh Ghattamaneni, Grist Media
TV Seemi Pasha, India Today
The Big Picture
Winner B Muralikrishnan, Mathrubhumi Daily
Runner-Up Sibu K B, Malayala Manorama Daily
Runner-Up Kamal Kishore Kamboj, The Press Trust of India
Print Madhavankutty Pillai, Open Magazine
Print Anirudha Ghoshal & Pritha Chatterjee, The Indian Express
Print Jonathan Selvaraj, The Indian Express
TV Aamir Rafiq Peerzada, NDTV
Health & Wellness
Print Lhendup Gyatso Bhutia, Open Magazine
TV India News Team, India News
TV Sunetra Choudhury, NDTV
Lifestyle & Entertainment
Print Sumana Ramanan, The Caravan
TV Ezaz Ahmed, India News