Harinder Baweja bags Patrika Group's KCK International Award

Patrika Group has announced Harinder Baweja and her team as the winner of 2nd Karpoor Chandra Kulish International Award for Excellence in Print Journalism. This annual award, consecrated in memory of Karpoor Chandra Kulish the founder of Rajasthan Patrika, is aimed at recognizing efforts of journalists’ outstanding contribution and team spirit in media.

A cash prize of US$ 11,000 and a trophy shall be presented to the winning team in recognition of their outstanding contribution for upholding professional values consistent with the theme of the award.

The award theme for this year was ‘Terrorism & Society’ for which the news series titled ‘Welcome to the headquarters of Lashkar-e-tayyeba’ was selected. Ms. Harinder Baweja, and her team penned the story, which was published in Hindustan Times in December 2008. The series extensively covers activities and perceptions of Lashkar-e- tayyeba and also the relations of Kasab (the only live accused of 26/11 terrorist attack on Mumbai) with the group were disclosed.

The stories published between January- December 2008 were invited for the award. A total of 173 entries were received, including 155 from 48 Indian newspapers and 18 from various foreign media establishments including those from US, France, Serbia, Mauritius, Egypt, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan and Pakistan.

The jury panel included N Ram- Editor in Chief, The Hindu, N Ravichandran- Director, IIM, Ahmedabad, Social Activist -Aruna Roy and Gulab Kothari- Chief Editor, Patrika group. Ten entries selected for the merit awards include – HT, New Delhi (India’s porous borders); Hindustan, Lucknow (Is Aatankwaadi ki khata kya thi); Amar Ujala, Varanasi (Ab shuru hua operation Azamgarh); Dainik Jagaran, New Delhi (Atank ka arthashatra); New York Times, US (Violence in India); Indian Express, Chandigarh (Mumbai’s terror makes Mohali bleed); The Tribune, Chandigarh (Azamgarh: District in discomfort); Hindustan Times, New Delhi/ Kolkata (He loved hollywood’s cop Vs baddies’ movies); The Tribune, Chandigarh (Lunch hours, evening are chosen for terror strikes); Daily Mirror, Sri Lanka (What branches grow in this stony rubbish).

Hindustan Times had bagged the first KCK International award 2007, jointly with the Dawn, Pakistan last year. Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar in New Delhi will confer the 2nd Karpoor Chandra Kulish International Award on 31st July 2009. Chief Minister of Rajasthan, Ashok Gehlot will preside over the function to be held in Hotel Taj Palace.

The Patrika group also organises the ‘Concerned Communicator Award’ for Social Advertising. The winner gets US $ 11,000.

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