The Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism Awards

About the Awards

As part of centenary year celebrations of its founder, Ramnath Goenka, Indian 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 calendar, 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

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.

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 award will go to a journalist who shows the highest standards of independence, rigour, depth & analysis while covering any aspect of business or economy.

This award will go to a journalist each in print/ digital & broadcast media, whose coverage explores new avenues & finds a new direction in reporting sports.

This award will be given to the author of an article or series in any newspaper, magazine on arts, culture and entertainment whose coverage explores new avenues & finds a new direction in the field.

This award will go to a writer/writers whose published work, through in-depth research & investigation, covers an issue/idea on a scale that newspapers or television channels, with their space & time limitations, cannot aspire to tackle. This award will be for books published in English.

This award will honour a photo journalist for news photograph that captures, in a frame, the drama of an entire story.

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.

The award will honour substantive print or television reporting that covers rural issues intelligently. It may be awarded for explanatory or expository journalism & will be judged on general excellence, quality of writing, forcefulness & importance to public interest.

This award will go to a journalist each in print/ digital & broadcast media, whose coverage helps develop a unique understanding of politics & the political process.

This award will go to a journalist from print/ digital & broadcast category, whose report investigates an issue of public interest to reveal an aspect/element that has not yet been covered/ explored in the media. The report/ reports should be a substantive piece of work that is original, forceful and has made an impact.

This award will go to a foreign correspondent in print media for coverage that portrays India to a foreign audience most accurately & sensitively.

This award, instituted in memory of The Indian Express’s former Resident Editor in Pune, Prakash Kardaley, will honour a print journalist whose sustained effort highlights a civic issue and forces the authorities to find a solution for it. The award aims to recognise pro-active local reporting that makes a difference in the lives of citizens.


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.




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Dr SY Quraishi

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Prof. (Dr.) C. Raj Kumar

Past Awards

Event Partners

Presenting Partner


TVS Motor Company (BSE:532343 and NSE: TVSMOTOR) is a reputed two and three-wheeler manufacturer globally, championing progress through sustainable mobility with four state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities located in India and Indonesia. Rooted in our 100-year legacy of trust, value, and passion for customers, it takes pride in making internationally accepted products of the highest quality through innovative and sustainable processes. TVS Motor is the only two-wheeler company to have won the prestigious Deming Prize. Our products lead in their respective categories in the J.D. Power IQS and APEAL surveys. We have been ranked No. 1 Company in the J.D. Power Customer Service Satisfaction Survey for four consecutive years. Our group company Norton Motorcycles, based in the United Kingdom, is one of the most emotive motorcycle brands in the world. Our subsidiaries in the personal e-mobility space, Swiss E-Mobility Group (SEMG) and EGO Movement have a leading position in the e-bike market in Switzerland. TVS Motor Company endeavours to deliver the most superior customer experience across 80 countries in which we operate. For more information, please visit

Co-Presenting Partner

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Headquartered in Ahmedabad, the Adani Portfolio is the largest and fastest-growing portfolio of diversified businesses in India with interests in logistics (seaports, airports, shipping, and rail), resources, power generation and distribution, renewable energy, gas and infrastructure, agro (commodities, edible oil, food products, cold storage and grain silos), real estate, public transport infrastructure, consumer finance, defence, and other sectors. Adani owes its success and leadership position to its core philosophy of ‘Nation Building’ and ‘Growth with Goodness’, a guiding principle for sustainable growth. The portfolio is committed to protecting the environment and improving communities through its CSR programmes based on the principles of sustainability, diversity, and shared values.

Associate Partner


PlutusIAS from the house of Argasia Education Pvt Ltd is one of the best IAS coaching in India. With a commitment towards quality education through online and classroom mode under a Hybrid environment We teach more than 3000 students every year. Qualified teachers Like Dr. Huma Hassan, gold medalist, Dr. Bijendra Jha, Doctorate, and Pradeep Kumar from IIT with diverse backgrounds from educational institutes like JNU, DU, IIT, etc are strengths of PlutusIAS. Serving bureaucrats and retired IAS officers keep guiding students in their preparation. PlutusIAS under guidance. PlutusIAS makes students ready for different stages of exams like Prelims, Mains, and Interview and also takes help in assisting students from mentorship platforms like and
Since its inception, PlutusIAS has helped many students pass through their career journey. These days, PlutusIAS books on different subjects of UPSC exams are also helping many students in their preparation journey. 

Union Bank of India

Union Bank of India is one of the leading public sector banks in the country. The Bank is a listed entity, and the Government of India holds 83.50 percent of the Bank’s total share capital. Today, it has a network of 9300+ domestic branches, 11800+ ATMs, 8216 BC Points serving over 120 million customers with 77000+ employees. Union Bank of India is the first large public sector bank in the country to have implemented a 100% core banking solution. The Bank has received several awards and recognition for its prowess in technology, digital banking, financial inclusion, MSME, and development of human resources.


NBCC, established in 1960 as a Government of India Civil Engineering Enterprise, has grown into a Navratna CPSE renowned for its innovative approach and commitment to excellence. With a consolidated income of Rs. 8961.47 crore in FY2022-23, it operates in Project Management Consultancy, Engineering Procurement & Construction, and Real Estate Development. Recently, it has restructured its business by setting up subsidiaries like NBCC Services Limited and HSCC (India) Limited. Notable projects include the redevelopment of key areas in Delhi and the construction of prestigious structures like the International Exhibition cum-Convention Centre. NBCC's global footprint spans across various countries, focusing on sustainable construction practices for a brighter future.

Gateway Distriparks

Gateway Distriparks is an integrated inter-modal logistics service provider with Pan-India presence, operating Container Freight Stations, Inland Container Depots, Temperature Controlled Warehouses and providing rail & road transportation with its own fleet of trains, trailers and refrigerated vehicles.

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LARSEN & TOUBRO - Larsen & Toubro is India's foremost technology-driven engineering solutions and services company. It operates in over 50 countries worldwide. A strong, customer–focused approach and the constant quest for top-class quality have enabled L&T to attain and sustain leadership in its major lines of business for over eight decades. The Company actively implements cutting-edge technologies to enhance the efficiency, safety and eco-friendliness of its projects, products and solutions – providing clients, communities, and the country with the sustainable edge.

Education Partner


SHARDA UNIVERSITY- The world comes here.
Sharda University is India’s truly global university that has recently been ranked amongst the top 4% of universities in Asia by QS Asia University Rankings 2024. Sharda University has been accredited A+ by NAAC and ranked 87 in India by NIRF. The University offers 130+ UGC-recognized Bachelor, Master, and Ph.D. programmes in a variety of disciplines for students from 95+ countries. Over the years, 444 patents have been published and 42 StartUps incubated, making Sharda a research & innovation-driven university.
Part of Sharda Group, a multi-million-dollar conglomerate, Sharda University has a thriving overseas campus in Andijan, Uzbekistan, gateway to students from Eurasia.

Writing Partner


Luxor is the brand leader in Indian Writing Instrument Industry. Luxor Group today is a diversified group having business interests in different areas viz writing Instruments and stationery products, Real Estate, Hospitality, Fiber Optics, Nano Technology, Tablets & digital Office Products.
A pioneer in Writing Instruments manufacturing; the industry major has re-invented Brand Luxor and brought world-famous brands like Parker, Pilot, and Waterman under the Group's umbrella to serve the Indian consumer market.
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