The article titled ‘Coalgate 2.0’ written by Nileena MS has won the Asian College of Journalism’s Award for Investigative Journalism, 2018.
The article was published in “The Caravan Magazine” in March 2018. The final jury which includes Gopalkrishna Gandhi, Nilita Vachani and Dr. A R Venkatachalapathy unanimously approved Nileena’s work as the winner.
The Award comprised of a trophy, a citation, and Rs. 2 lakh cash prize. The award was presented by John Micklethwait, Editor-in-Chief of Bloomberg News, who was also the chief guest at the journalism school’s annual convocation ceremony.
Nileena’s article investigated the allotment of captive coal blocks in Parba East and Kanta Basan regions of Chhattisgarh. It also explored deforestation, relocation of people, loss of livelihood and denial of forest rights to tribals.
‘Coalgate 2.0’ published in “The Caravan Magazine” is an excellent example of investigative journalism in the field of financial reporting.
Other stories considered for nominations and have been awarded special mentions by the jury include:
“The Chronicles of Crime Fiction That is Adityanath’s Encounter Raj” authored by Neha Dixit and published in ‘The Wire’.
“The Death of Judge Loya” authored by Nikita Saxena and published in ‘The Caravan Magazine’.
This Award for Investigative Journalism is given by the Asian College of Journalism with support of the Media Development Foundation.
The criteria for getting this award is comprised of a solid work of investigative journalism, combining extensive research uncovering new evidence to reveal a truth, hitherto unknown to most, and of essential public interest.