Kolkata, 14 May, 2014: The Press Club RedInk Awards for Excellence in Journalism 2014, instituted by the Press Club Mumbai, have received an overwhelming response with over 800 entries from 75 print and internet publications. This year’s entries have also been characterized by a significant number of web-based and online journalists pitching their stories into the ring. This shows online journalism and web-based platforms becoming increasingly active and popular as vehicles of mass communication.
The Awards have now moved to the stage of evaluation and judging, a humungous task by any standards. The Press Club has convened a transparent process of forming juries consisting of 3-member panels for each of the 10 sections of awards. The juries are a mix of industry experts, well-known knowledge leaders and senior journalists. The distinguished panels include eminent names such as Shyam Benegal for the ‘Entertainment and Lifestyle’ section, Rahul Dravid for the sports category, Dr Swati Piramal judging ‘Health and Wellness’ entries, Dr KC Chakrabarty, RBI Dy. Governor for ‘Business’ section, noted lawyer Satish Maneshinde for ‘Crime’ and celebrity lensman Pablo Bartholomew sitting on the photography jury.
The Grand Finale for the RedInk Awards will be held on 7 June at the Jamshed Bhaba Theatre, at the NCPA, in south Mumbai. Journalist members and associates are requested to block their diaries for the evening. The Awards, which offer Rs One lakh to each of the winners, is in its 4th year now, and is the only recognition of merit for journalists from a professional platform. The Awards this year have expanded to include new categories like ‘Human Rights and Environment’. Juries will judge breaking news stories and features separately this year as the 2 categories involve different skill sets.
Star India is the Presenting Partner for The Press Club’s RedInk Awards for Excellence in Journalism 2014. The awards partners are Yes Bank, Glenmark Pharmaceuticals, Aditya Birla Group, Zee Entertainment, BSE, Eros International and the Adani Group.