Asian College of Journalism Awards for Investigative Journalism
The Asian College of Journalism, with the support of the Media Development Foundation, has instituted awards to recognise and encourage the best works of investigative journalism produced for Indian readers, viewers and audiences in order to promote journalism in the public interest.
The news media has had a tradition of unearthing wrongdoing and holding power to account in India. The awards are being instituted to act as a catalyst and inspire more journalists, editors and newsrooms to pursue investigative work, and in the process, raise the standards of journalism and contribute to the public interest.
The awards will carry a citation and a cash prize of ₹ 2,00,000/- (rupees two lakhs) each.
1. Print + Digital (newspapers, magazines, websites and other digital platforms).
2. Broadcast (television).
Understanding Investigative Journalism
Investigative journalism, for the purpose of the awards, will be that which exposes wrongdoing and which has the public interest in mind. It will cover a wide variety of journalistic investigation including of abuse of public office, environmental degradation, human rights violation, financial fraud, corporate mismanagement, gender-related violence, political apathy, war crimes, civic neglect and much more. This is only an indicative, not an exhaustive, list of what could come within the ambit of investigative journalism. The judging criteria will include the nature of the investigation, its impact and the extent of the public interest involved.
1. Only journalistic work that was published or broadcast from 1 January 2015 to 31 December 2015 will be considered.
2. The deadline for nominations/entries is 31 January 2016. Entries submitted after this date will not be considered.
3. The final shortlist will be announced and the winners will be presented the awards on 3 May 2016 in Chennai at the ACJ Convocation Ceremony.
1. Leila Seth, Chairperson
2. TJS George
3. Mrinal Pande
4. Mukul Kesavan
For any queries about the awards, please write to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Nikhil Kanekal, ACJ Awards Coordinator, Email: email@example.com, Cell: (+91) 9611511159
Lakshmi Ramji, Burser, ACJ, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org