This year, two India Today journalists – Moumita Sen and Anand Patel – were awarded the Ramnath Goenka award by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh for exceptional journalism.
The India Today Group has once again set the hallmark for investigative journalism. The group, which staunchly believes in upholding the gold standard journalism, was felicitated for its efforts at the 13th Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism Awards.
The Ramnath Goenka awards are the most reputed awards for media persons in India. The awards felicitate 29 winners in 18 categories across print, broadcast and purely-digital for outstanding work in the field. Like every year, India Today journalists featured prominently among the award winners.
The guest of honour for the event, held in New Delhi, was Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh.
This year, two India Today journalists – Moumita Sen and Anand Patel – were awarded by Singh for exceptional journalism.
India Today bags Award
Maintaining its legacy of trust, integrity and excellence in journalism across platforms, the India Today Group bagged two Ramnath Goenka Awards.
The first recipient was Moumita Sen, who received the Ramnath Goenka Award 2018 for Sports (Broadcast). She has emerged as a pioneer in the field, winning the award for the second year in a row. Sen was awarded the honour for her extensive coverage of sports.
Sen is an Associate Executive Producer with India Today TV. She won the Reporting from J&K category award in 2017 for Test Kashmir – a travelogue which explored the connection between Kashmir’s volatile political history and the role of education in the valley’s chant for freedom.
Also bringing laurels to the group was Associate Editor Anand Patel who won the Ramnath Goenka Award 2018 for Investigative Reporting (Broadcast). Patel was awarded for exposing a stunning mismatch between retail and wholesale prices of cancer and heart medicines. Patel found how pharma firms are hand-in-glove with hospitals to fleece cancer patients. While hospitals receive a particular life-saving drug from pharma firms for a nominal cost, the former charge the patients many times that cost for the same.
Patel’s expose led to the government ordering a widespread investigation into suspected overpricing of life-saving drugs.
Last year, India Today received three awards – Bipasha Mukherjea’s reportage Goal Mizoram won the award in the sports category, Manogya Loiwal’s Young Minds Old Body won the top award in the Uncovering Invisible India category, and Moumita Sen’s Test Kashmir bagged the honor for Reporting from J&K category.