Grantees News and Recognition

Raghu Karnad, the chief of bureau at The Wire, has won the 2019 Windham-Campbell Prize in the non-fiction category for “combining forensic archival research with imaginative fire and unsettling national and colonial histories” in his book Farthest Field: An Indian Story of the Second World War (Harper Collins, 2016).

Karnad is among eight recipients of the prize this year. The awardees were announced live from London at an event co-presented with the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Stationers’ Hall

Two reporters from The Wire were conferred with the prestigious Ramnath Goenka Award for Journalism in January 2019 –Sandhya Ravishankar,  for her investigative reports on illegal beach sand mining in Tamil Nadu and Amit Kumar Singh, for his story on the lives of policemen in Kashmir; their challenges and hopes, threats and fears.

The Economic and Political Weekly turned 50. A film commissioned by the Weekly documents its journey to attaining a global reputation for excellence in independent scholarship and critical inquiry. It now occupies a coveted place in the intellectual history of independent India.

The Better India, one of foundation’s initial portfolio company, raised 25 Cr ($3.5 Mn) in Series A funding led by venture capital firm Elevar Equity in January 2019, as the company aims to scale up its ecommerce vertical. This round also saw the participation from the Rise Fund managed by TPG Growth.

The News Minute’s Ramanathan S won the SCARF Media Award for Mental Health 2018 in October 2018 for his article, “When doctors turn gatekeepers: Indian transgender community’s battle for mental health.” The story, is part of their section Delve, which is supported by the Foundation.

The Better India has won the Abby Award for its branded content series ‘Breaking Barriers’ in partnership with Unilever. Nieman’s Lab did a piece on The Better India’s unique approach to journalism.

The News Minute won the  Kerala Media Award for Reportage on Child Rights 2016-2017, organised jointly by UNICEF and Kerala Child Rights Observatory. This is for their joint story on child marriages in Malappuram. Editor-in-Chief Dhanya Rajendran was also featured on the Fortune 40 under 40 List this year.

Live Law was awarded the  Best Legal News Portal of the Year 2017 by the Indian National Bar Association [INBA] in November last year. Each year, INBA felicitates the Individuals, In-house Counsels, Law Firms and Subject Experts who performed exceptionally well in their respective fields. After 2 successful editions, INBA is announcing its 3rd edition of awards on 68th Constitution Day under various categories of excellence.

In April 2017, in a three-part series, IndiaSpend examined what living with disability in India means, particularly with regard to access to education and employment, 22 years after the Persons with Disabilities (Equal Opportunities, Protection of Rights and Full Participation) Act was passed. This series won the Special Jury Award at the Press Institute of India-International Committee of the Red Cross Awards.

Siddharth Varadarajan, the founding editor of The Wire, has been named the 2017 recipient of the Shorenstein Journalism Award. The award, given annually by Stanford University’s Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center (APARC), is conferred upon a journalist who has produced outstanding reporting on Asia and has contributed significantly to the Western understanding of the region. Varadarajan will headline a panel discussion on April 16, 2018, at Stanford.

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