The Wire's Kabir Agarwal Wins RedInk Award For Story on UP's Sugarcane Farmers

Mark Tully picked up the award for 'Lifetime Achievement' and Mirror Now's Faye D’Souza bagged 'Journalist of the Year' for 2018.

New Delhi: The Wire‘s Kabir Agarwal was named as the winner of 2018’s RedInk award under the business and economy category for his reportage on the lives of sugarcane farmers in Western UP.

His story documented the life of Jaiveer Singh, a 47-year-old sugarcane farmer in a small village near the town of Khatauli in Muzaffarnagar district. The story delves into the hardship faced by Singh and his family and highlighted the plight of farmers in the area.

Senior journalist Sir William Mark Tully won the Lifetime Achievement in Journalism award, an accolade that went to The Wire‘s Vinod Dua in 2017. In 2016, The Wire won the RedInk Award for start-up of the year.

Faye D’Souza, the executive editor of Mirror Now, was declared Journalist of the Year.

The Redink Awards for Excellence in Journalism recognises meritorious work in TV, print and digital formats, presenting awards in various categories such as politics, crime, health and wellness, business, environment, human rights, photography, science and innovation, entertainment and lifestyle, and sports as well as a category called ‘Mumbai Star Reporter’. The RedInk Awards is the only national recognition for good journalism instituted by a professional body.

The lifetime achievement award recognises his immense contribution to the field of journalism. Former winners of the award include Vinod Mehta, Kuldip Nayar, N. Ram, Mrinal Pande and Roy. Last year, T.N. Ninan won the lifetime achievement award.

Data journalism initiative IndiaSpend.org swept up the award for ‘A Media Start-up that is making a difference’.

You can read the full list of winners here:

Business and economy

Print: Sruthisagar Yamunan, Scroll.In
Kabir Agarwal, The Wire
TV : Sushil Kumar Mohapatra, NDTV India


Print: Santosh Singh, The Indian Express
TV : Deepu Revathy, Manorama News


Print: T.R. Vivek, Newslaundry.com
Aruna Chandrasekhar, The Caravan
TV: Sushil Chandra Bahuguna, NDTV India

Health and wellness

Print: Menaka Rao, Scroll.in

Human Rights

Print: Radhika Iyengar, Al Jazeera Media Network
TV: Shone Satheesh, Scroll.in

Lifestyle and entertainment

Print: Shamik Bag, Mint


Print: Rikynti Marwein, Highland Post
TV: Jainendra Kumar, ABP News

Science and innovation

Print: R. Ramachandran, Frontline
TV: Jugal R. Purohit, India Today


Print: Shail Desai, Mint
TV: Smitha Nair, Scroll.in

The Big Picture

Winner: Vinod Kumar T., The New Indian Express
Runner up 1: Indranil Mukherjee, Agence France Presse
Runner up 2: Sibu Bhuvanendran, Malayala Manorama

Women empowerment and gender equality

Print: Leena Gita Reghunath (Surabhi Kanga), The Caravan
Shalini Nair, The Indian Express
TV: Moumita Sen & Ruchira Sharma, India Today

Media start-up of the year: IndiaSpend.com
Mumbai Star Reporter : Yadu Joshi, Lokmat & Chaitanya Marpakwar, Mumbai Mirror
Journalist of the Year: Faye D’Souza, Mirror Now
Lifetime Achievement: Sir William Mark Tully