Celebrating Excellence in Journalism: The RedInk Awards
Abhishek Dhotre, Student of Journalism and Mass Communications 2023-24
2nd December, 2023, Royal Opera House, Mumbai
The Mumbai Press Club recently played host to a dazzling display of journalistic talent at the RedInk Awards, an annual event that recognizes outstanding contributions to the field of journalism from across the country. Some of the students of Journalism had the opportunity to attend the award show, at the Royal Opera House, Mumbai.
The evening kicked off with the address by Gurbir Singh, Mumbai Press Club's Chairman, and Ayaz Memon, its President. The show was hosted by journalist Meneka Doshi. Following them was a riveting panel discussion on the arrest of NewsClick journalists, with distinguished panellists baring their thoughts and not mincing their words. A testament to their fearless journalism.
The chief guest for the event was Mr. G. G. Parikh, a 99-year-old freedom fighter who was one of the last few who took part in the Quit India movement. He spoke about his remarkable journey and lifetime experiences, and brought a unique historical perspective to the event. He concluded with a call to action asking everyone around to embrace diversity in the field of journalism, and the country today.
The core of the event was the felicitation of journalists from all over the country, and awards were presented in various categories, acknowledging stories that stood out for their impact, depth, and courage. One of the winners was also an XIC alumnus and faculty, Tabassum Barnagarwala, from Scroll.in who won the award in Health and Wellness for her story on 'Why Indians are still dying of cholera'.
Each journalist had a story to tell, and the drive to bring truth to power. The Journalism students were enthralled to be in the presence of such professionals, and had a glimpse of what the field has in store for them when they step into it. They were able to talk to many of the award recipients afterwards, which fostered insightful interactions and networking which will go a long way for them.