Sanskriti Journalism Awards

   

This is intended for journalists who have made significant contributions in English and any Indian language, towards any branch or facet of journalism or to the art and science of communication during the preceding three years. Daring and adventurous journalism, a fresh and original approach to obtaining authentic news of important events, news editing, editorial comments, articles on subjects pertaining to history, economics, archaeology, philosophy, the science of living, human behaviour, environment, cartoons, sports, art cinema, television and other communication media and critical assessment of publications etc. will be considered.

Last three years Awardees
 

2008-09
Chitrangada Choudhury

2009-10
Teresa Rehman
2010-11
Anahita Mukherji
Chitrangada Choudhury is passionate about the good journalism can do, the power of the news media to enhance the public sphere and challenge clichés. She finds it most fulfilling to work on long-form explanatory narratives and meticulous investigations for her newspaper, the Hindustan Times. She began her journalistic career in 2004 at another of India's leading national dailies, the Indian Express. Based in Mumbai, Chitrangada has primarily reported stories from that city and Maharashtra, while also covering issues from other states including Andhra Pradesh and Chhattisgarh. Her reportage has primarily probed public policies and how they play out in individual lives, as well as power and marginality in a country in flux.

Her investigative reportage revealing the bleeding of the state's rural employment guarantee scheme, corruption in Mumbai's slum rehousing projects, the abuse of children in welfare institutions, and the official neglect of historic cave monuments have resulted in public interest litigations, legislative questions and police probes. In 2007, a media fellowship awarded by the National Foundation of India and the American India Foundation helped her to provide readers an insight into the harsh lives of distress seasonal migrants in the villages of Maharashtra, Gujarat and Western Orissa.

Chitrangada studied History at St. Stephen's College, Delhi University, and Media Studies at the Centre for Mass Communication Research, University of Leicester, UK.
 
A media person based in Northeast India, Rehman has consistently been trying to highlight the myriad hues of this hitherto unexplored and conflict-torn region that includes seven states of the country. Her story with vivid photographs on an alleged fake encounter in Manipur in June 09, won global acclaim and was picked up by newspapers and magazines worldwide. The story led to a civil uprising in Manipur.
She had represented India in a 10-day capacity building programme titled “Advancing Women’s Leadership in Global AIDS Policymaking” in the US Congress, and in the UNHeadquarters.

She had received the Centre for Science and Environment’s National Media Fellowship on Implementation of the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act. She is the co-ordinator of the Assam chapter of the Network for Women in Media, India. She is also a member of the International Women Media Foundation. She also moderates : Red Ribbon Media, India and The Sanitation Scribes.

An alumnus of the Indian Institute of Mass Communication, New Delhi, Rehman has been honoured with many awards .Teresa is presently working as Principal Correspondent, Tehelka newsmagazine.

She feels the northeast region is a challenge for a journalist willing to delve deep into the lives of the people, their struggle for existence, the unexplored and untold stories of women, men and children.
While pursuing a post-graduate diploma in ‘Social Communications Media’ at Sophia Polytechnic (Mumbai), Anahita developed a deep desire to influence people’s lives through her writing and highlight the inequity that exists in the education system of our country.

While covering the education beat in TOI Mumbai edition for the last 5 years, she highlights the stark inequality in the education system, and the contrast between the schools for the rich and the poor. A graduate from St Xavier’s College (Mumbai), she has keen interest in the rapid, systematic and planned decline of government schools for the poor and a simultaneous spurt in the international school segment, offering high-quality, high cost education for the super-rich.

Anahita has focused on cases of land grab in civic schools, with instances where international schools have usurped school land as well as numerous cases where politicians, private schools and NGOs have set up shop inside deserted schools.

Her assignments have allowed her to travel to parts of rural Maharashtra to highlight innovative experiments in quality education for children with little or no access to schools. She has extensively analysed the delay in passing the Right to Education Act as well as the hurdles in the path to universalizing education. At a time when there has been stiff opposition to the clause which makes it mandatory for private schools to reserve seats for the underprivileged, she has highlighted the complete lack of social integration in Mumbai’s elite schools, where even the upper middle class feel deprived in comparison to their super-rich peers.


 
   

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