Rules for the Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism Awards 2019
There is no entry fee for submission of an entry by an Applicant.
Each entry shall be made and completed in the manner and with the forms, disclosures
and enclosures specified herein.
The Awards are open to any Applicant who has completed 18 years of age.
The entry submitted by an Applicant must be from a media house, wire service,
syndicate or news organization, television or radio channel-broadcast or published by an
Indian or Indian organization. This does not apply to any entry from an Applicant in the
category for Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism Award for Foreign
Correspondent Covering India.
The Award categories and criteria are specified at www.rngfoundation.com/awards. A
completed entry with required enclosures should be submitted to the Ramnath
Goenka Memorial Foundation, Indian Express Building, B-1/B, Sector-10, Noida-201
301, Uttar Pradesh latest by 6.00 pm on October 9, 2020. These Awards are conducted
by Ramnath Goenka Memorial Foundation (“RNGMF”) and The Indian Express (P)
Limited ("TIEL"). RNGMF, TIEL and the Judge[s] shall not be responsible for delays in
receipt of any entry.
The entry form should be completed and secured to the front of entry, along with a
clear copy of the same and enclosures. For judging, copies of the Applicant’s entry are
required as specified below. Every entry must have an entry form attached, these can
be photocopies of the original completed entry form. Print - submit two originals of news
report, articles or feature stories; Television -submit two Pen drive/ CD/ DVDs in
MPEG/MP4 format along with script/s; Radio - submit one DAT and one Audio CD; Books
- submit two copies of the book. The entry form can also be downloaded from the
The original articles/ news reports/ program submitted of the publication/coverage must
indicate the publication date or broadcast date.
Full disclosure is required; if there has been any challenge to the veracity, accuracy,
fairness, &/or authenticity or objection to significant omission, or breach of journalists’
Code of Ethics, or allegation of infringement or staleness for entry (or against any
Applicant thereof) such as published letters, corrections, clarifications, retractions,
regrets, apology, removal etc the same need to be disclosed and copy thereof to be
The entry must disclose if the news report/article/programme or Applicant is subject to
any legal notice or legal challenge/proceedings, and status thereof (pending/settled). If
after submission, the news report/article/programme is subject to any legal notice or
legal challenge/proceedings, or the Applicant believes or has reason to believe that there
is any infirmity in the veracity, originality and/or otherwise of the entry, he/she must
immediately inform TIEL in writing. The Judge[s] &/or TIEL may require the Applicant to
furnish additional information/explanation/ material in such cases or disqualify the entry
at their sole discretion.
A series must be designated as such by the publication when it is printed. A regular
column may also be submitted as a series. Fiction will not be considered.
Each Applicant can enter upto two entries per category.
An English translation must be supplied for an entry in Hindi/ foreign/regional language.
Entries in the Art, Culture and Entertainment category should accompany a letter from
the editor certifying that the work entered was original and not rewritten.
A recommendation letter of nomination should be submitted, signed by a person senior
to the Applicant, employed by the same organization, and included with the entry form.
The sponsoring letter shall certify that the Applicant is personally and professionally
known to the Sponsor, and the Sponsor certifies that the Applicant has adhered to the
journalists’ code of ethics and he /she is not aware of any information or circumstances
where the Applicant’s reputation, integrity and professionalism as a journalist has been
called into question or otherwise impeached.
The entry form and enclosures if incomplete, will be automatically invalidated and
Applicant disqualified. If more than the permitted numbers of entries are submitted,
entries will be considered in chronological order of receipt; the additional entries will be
The news report /article /coverage/ program entered must have been
published/broadcast between January 1, 2019 and December 31, 2019 [both dates
Each Applicant will be deemed to have read and understood these rules and regulations
when he or she has signed the entry form. Each Applicant undertakes to conduct himself
/herself with propriety, decorum and civility.
TIEL shall have full right and license to announce in any language, medium, and
territory, the prize winners and in pursuance thereof or otherwise to cover the
Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism Awards, to publish the content of the
material (entry) and/or biography sketch with or without the photograph of the
Applicant and with or without the name of the organization, which have been submitted.
The material and entry form once submitted shall become the property of TIEL and shall
not be returned.
Entry forms that are torn, ripped, and/or mutilated will not be accepted.
The decision of TIEL in the matter of eligibility, conduct of these Awards, selection,
announcement of winners etc shall be final and binding no correspondence of
whatsoever nature will be entertained by TIEL in this regard.
The names of the winners and the prizes will be announced by TIEL. The date of
publication of the results and the place for distribution of the prizes will be at the sole
discretion of TIEL.
TIEL reserves their right to suspend, cancel, and/or modify the rules and regulations for
these Awards at any time and without prior notice.
TIEL reserves the right to return or cancel any submission / entry at any stage without
In the event that there is any challenge or doubt as to the integrity, veracity,
genuineness, authenticity, fairness or otherwise of any entry or Applicant or any
instance of his/her having violating the journalists’ Code of Ethics, TIEL and the Judges
may in their sole discretion, withdraw his /her submission at any stage, not limited to
withdrawal or cancellation of declaration of winner (s). The decision of the Judge[s] and
TIEL will be final.
If an Applicant is declared a winner in any category, he/she shall make best efforts to
attend and participate in the Awards ceremony.
No claim of whatsoever nature shall be entertained if the winner[s] fail[s] to collect the
Prize[s] at the Awards ceremony and/or venue specified by TIEL. No cash shall be
payable in lieu of the prize.
The Courts of New Delhi shall have exclusive jurisdiction.