Mumbai, 7 May:

The Jury process of the RedInk Awards was completed today with the selection of 32 award winners in the competitive and special categories. The selection of award winners was a gruelling process spanning 5 weeks which involved the setting up of 11 panels of jurists for each of the competitive categories.

This year with the additional category in the competitive section – ‘Women’s empowerment & Gender Equality’ – the number of entries from across print, broadcast and web platforms crossed the 1,600 mark. The maximum entries were in the ‘Women’s empowerment’, ‘Human Rights’ and ‘Environment’ categories.

The National RedInk Awards for Excellence in Journalism have been instituted by the Mumbai Press Club. They are an annual feature for the last 8 years. Winners of RedInk 2018 in the competitive round will be announced at the Awards event on Friday, 18 May, 2018 at the Jamshed Bhaba Theatre, NCPA, Nariman Point.

The detailed selection process began with the appointment of a senior, independent journalist or expert as a ‘curator’ for each of the competitive categories, to short-list and guide the panels of jurists. The list of curators included well known environmentalist Bittu Sehgal for ‘Environment’, Ayaz Memon for ‘Sports’, and former Economic Times Editor Kiron Kasbekar for ‘Business & Economy’.

 After sorting and short-listing, a three-member jury for each category, along with the curator, assessed and debated the stories before deciding on the winners. Each of the curators and the juries were made up of distinguished persons with domain knowledge of the subject at hand. For instance the ‘Human Rights’ category included Press Council of Indian (PCI) chairman and former Supreme Court Judge C K Prasad; the crime category had former Mumbai Police Commissioner Rakesh Maria, and advocate and lead government prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam; the Entertainment & Lifestyle’ category included actor Lillette Dubbey and entrepreneur Manmohan Shetty; the political section included Ajit Ranade, founder of Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) and Chief Economist of the Aditya Birla Group; and the ‘Business and Economy’ category had a stellar jury that included Arun Kumar, chairman & CEO, KPMG India and Murali Natarajan, MD & CEO of DCB Bank.

The complete list of jury for the judging process is attached herewith.

Redink Awards 2018: Jury Members

Big Picture
Mr Sandeep Goyal, Chairman - Mogae Media
Mr Dominique Faget, Chief Photographer South Asia - Agency France Presse
Mr Hoshi Jal, Consultant - The Times Of India
Curator: Mr Rajanish Kakade and Mr Ashish Raje

Health & Wellness  
Dr Avinash Supe, Dean - KEM Hospital, Mumbai Dr Pankaj Chaturvedi, Professor - Tata Memorial Hospital, Mumbai
Ms K Sujatha Rao, Former Union Secretary, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare  - GOI
Curator : Ms Lata Mishra & Mr Santosh Andhale   

Science & Innovation        
Prof. Aniruddha Pandit, Chairman - Dept. of Chemical Engineering Institute of Chemical Technology
Dr. Pushpinder Gupta Bhatia, Vice Principal, Director - Internal Quality Assurance Cell Associate Prof. in Physics, GN College
Dr. Satyanarayana Bheesette, Scientific Officer - Dept. Of High Energy Physics Tata Institute of Fundamental Research
Curator : Mr Mrityunjay Bose & Mr Suhas B Naik - Satam     

Dr Kalpana Swaminathan, Writer
Mr Ujjwal Nikam,Lawyer & Special Public Prosecutor
Mr Rakesh Maria, IPS Retired
Curators : Mr Sunil Shivdasani and Mr Sudhakar Kashyap

Prof  Sanjeev Chandorkar, Associate Professor - Tata Institute of Social Sciences
Dr Surendra Jondhale, Professor - Dept Of Civics & Politics - Mumbai University
Dr Ajit Ranade - Co-Founder and Trustee, Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR)
Curators: Mr Dharmendra Jore and Mr Abhimanyu Shitole

Lifestlye & Entertainment
Mr Manmohan Shetty, Entertainment Entrepreneur
Ms Lillete Dubey, Theatre & Film Personality
Mr Amit Khanna, Filmmaker, Lyricist, Poet, Writer & Journalist
Mr Suresh Nair, Writer & Producer
Curator: Mrs Deepa Gehlot

Women Empowerment & Gender Equality
Ms. Bishakha Datta, Film Maker, Journalist & Activist
Ms Kalpana Sharma, Independent Journalist
Ms Anjali Monteiro, Professor - TISS
Curators: Ms Freny Maneksha, Ms Carol Andrade, Ms Sharmila Joshi, Ms Padma Prakash & Ms Meenakshi Shedde

Human Rights         
Justice C K Prasad, Chairman - Press Council of India & Former Judge Supreme Court Justice Hosbet Suresh, Justice (Retired) - Bombay High Court 
Mr Arun Ferreira, Lawyer & Civil Rights Activist
Curators: Mr Bernard D’mello & Mr Rafique Baghdadi

Mr Dilip D'souza, Senior Journalist
Ms Meenakshi Menon, Media Professional & Conservationist
Mr Cyrus Guzder, Chairman & MD – AFL Private Ltd
Curator : Mr Bittu Sahgal

Business & Economy        
Mr Arun Kumar, Chairman & CEO - KPMG India
Mr Murali Natrajan, Managing Director & CEO - DCB Bank 
Mr Rajrishi Singhal, Senior Business Journalist & Former Editor, The Economic Times
Curator: Mr Kiron Kasbekar

Mr M M Somaya, Former Indian Hockey Captain
Mr Joy Bhattacharjya,CEO, Pro Volleyball League
Mr S S Ramaswamy, Consultant PTI, Mumbai
Curator: Mr Ayaz Memon

Dharmendra Jore


Mumbai Press Club
Article posted on 15/05/2018

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