Tusha Mittal of Tehelka's Kolkata News Bureau has been chosen for the Chameli Devi Jain Award, 2012.
Ms. Mittal has been chosen as the Outstanding Woman Mediaperson for her “sterling reportage of life in the raw at the margins in deep interior Bengal, Orissa and Chhattisgarh, in areas affected by bloody civil strife, Naxal and vigilante violence and dangerous living along the Bangladesh border, where cattle smuggling is rife.”
The jury that chose her comprised Shravan Garg, group editor, Bhaskar; Seema Mustafa, columnist and director of Centre for Policy Analysis; and Pamela Philipose, director of the Women's Feature Service.
The award, instituted by the Media Foundation, will be presented on March 13 in New Delhi. This will be followed by a release of a book of essays by previous Chameli laureates, titled “Making News, Breaking News, Her Way” published by Tranquebar and a panel discussion on “What Has Changed for or Because of Women in the Media.”