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About the Awards

As part of centenary year celebrations of its founder, Ramnath Goenka, The Express Group instituted the Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism Awards. The Awards aim to celebrate excellence in journalism, recognize courage and commitment and showcase outstanding contributions and individuals every year.

The most prestigious annual event in the Indian media calender, pays tribute to journalists from Print/Digital & Broadcast who maintain the highest standards of their profession despite being in the face of political and economic pressures, who still manage to produce work that generates and sustains public trust in the media and impact the lives of people.

The design of the Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism Awards trophy dedicated to the winners. The nib and flame, stands for journalism of courage and integrity, the values advocated by Ramnath Goenka, founder of The Indian Express Group.

Award Categories

Reporting From Conflict Zones

This award will recognise outstanding journalistic efforts from areas of conflict in India, be it J&K, the North-East or the Naxalite-affected states.


This award will go to a journalist each from Print/Digital & Broadcast media in Hindi, whose coverage of an event or issue stood out for excellence, independence, depth, quality and impact.

Regional Languages

This award will go to a journalist each from Print/Digital & Broadcast media in a regional language, whose coverage of an event or issue stood out for excellence, quality, independence, depth and impact.

Environment, Science and Technology Reporting

This award will be given to the author of an article or a series in any newspaper, magazine or television for exceptional contribution to public awareness & promoting understanding of environmental issues/science and technology.


The criteria for awards in Print/Digital & Broadcast journalism are significance of a news story, resourcefulness & courage in gathering information, & skill in relating the story apart from:

  • Degree of difficulty/ logistical challenges experienced
  • Comprehensiveness of the report
  • Resources available and means used for gathering information.

Journalists working for any Indian newspapers/ magazines/ online / TV channels (published/telecast in the country) are eligible to apply. Indian language papers should send in their stories along with translations in English. All foreign correspondents can also apply. If the story is in a language other than English the translations should be sent along with the stories.

Past Awards

Send the entry form at the following address:

Ramnath Goenka Memorial Foundation

 Express Building
B-1/B, Sector-10
Noida-201 301,
Uttar Pradesh, INDIA

Tel: +91-120-665 1500

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