Friday, January 16, 2015

The Chameli Devi Jain Award 2014-15

The Media Foundation invites nominations for

The Chameli Devi Jain Award 2014-15

The Media Foundation is pleased to invite nominations for its annual Chameli Devi Jain Awards for an Outstanding Woman Mediaperson for 2014-15.

The annual Chameli Devi Award is the premier award for women mediapersons in India. It was first awarded in 1982 to an outstanding woman mediaperson, who has made a difference through writing with depth, dedication, courage and compassion. Chameli Devi awardees include some of the best known and respected names in Indian journalism. They have pioneered and popularised a new journalism in terms of themes and values – such as social development, politics, equity, gender justice, health, war and conflict, and consumer values.

The success of the annual award was largely due to the dedication and commitment of Mr BG Verghese, who passed away recently. A standard bearer of the profession, a person of unwavering principle and a hub of intellectual curiosity, Mr Verghese personally ensured that the awardees met the objective of the award. 

The criteria for selection are excellence, analytical skill, social concern, insights, style, innovation, courage and compassion. Other things being equal, preference will be given to small town/rural and Indian language journalists. The entries will be evaluated by an independent panel of jurists whose verdict shall be final.

Journalists in the print, broadcast and current affairs documentary film media are eligible, including photographers, cartoonists and newspaper designers. Names and addresses of sponsors or references should be clearly mentioned with email and phone numbers.

Nominations should include a bio-data (with complete postal address, telephone, fax numbers and email address, for facility of communication), together with samples of work done during 2013-14 in the form of clippings/tapes/CDs. These should be accompanied by a brief appreciation of why the candidate is especially deserving of recognition.

Nominations can be sent to The Media Foundation, Flat no 2B, 1/23 Shanti Niketan, New Delhi -110021 or emailed to Nominations should reach the Media Foundation not later than February 18, 2015.

The Award will be announced some days before it is presented at the India International Centre Auditorium in Delhi on March 19, 2015.

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