Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism Awards 2007-08

Two editorial projects by Hindustan Times won the Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism Awards 2007-08.

National Special Projects Editor Neelesh Misra and Associate Editor Nagendar Sharma won the award for reporting `India Invisible’, a nine-part national series on insurgency called “India Besieged”. From Kashmir to Chattisgarh to Jharkhand to Manipur, Neelesh and Nagendar separately travelled to 7 states affected by insurgency, trying to drive home one larger theme: insurgency has become an excuse for misgovernance in India.

Principal Correspondent Sayli Udas Mankikar won the Prakash Kardaley Memorial Award for Civic Journalism for her two-month series on dwindling number of open spaces in Mumbai. Sayli’s series focused on how 49 of Mumbai’s open spaces were being lost to private builders, and 20 of the city’s gymkhanas were denying public access.