ACJ institutes investigative reporting award

To recognise exemplary efforts in the field of investigative reporting, the Asian College of Journalism (ACJ) has instituted the ‘ACJ Investigative Journalism Award’ from 2015.

The award will be given to the best investigative work in two categories: ‘Print and Online’ and ‘TV and Radio,’ Sashi Kumar, Chairman, Asian College of Journalism, announced at the Convocation of the 2015 batch here on Sunday.

“The best work in each category will receive prize money of Rs. 2 lakh, and the first awards will be handed over during the next convocation on May 3, 2016, which is also World Press Freedom Day,” Mr. Sashi Kumar said.

The jury

The jury of the award comprises Justice Leila Seth, veteran journalists T.J.S. George and Mrinal Pande, and Mukul Kesavan, scholar-journalist and historian.

Speaking at the convocation, N. Murali, Co-Chairman of Kasturi & Sons Ltd. and Trustee of the Media Development Foundation, said that media houses in the country should take lessons from the print media in developed countries.

“After 10 to 15 years of grappling with different technologies, media houses in the West are only now seeing a sliver of profitability in the digital minefield,” he said, adding that media houses in India should be able to cater to consumers who are always on the move, and be able to deliver tailor-made content on different platforms.

Delivering the Lawrence Dana Pinkham Memorial Lecture, 2015, titled ‘The Secret Room in the Newsroom’, Raj Kamal Jha, editor-in-chief of The Indian Express said: “Journalists should have an ear to listen to anyone who knocked on their door, and stand up to bullies and loudmouths.”

‘No one who is you’

“Learn to appreciate works of others. A good journalist should be able to admire other people,” he said.

“There will always be someone more successful than you or a better writer than you, but know that there is no one who is you,” he added.

On the day, 167 students received their diplomas.

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