NWMI member Nileena M S won the ACJ Award for Investigative Journalism, 2018, for her story ‘Coalgate 2.0: The Adani Group reaps benefits worth thousands of crores of rupees as the coal scam continues under the Modi government’ published as a cover story in Caravan magazine in March 2018. Read her award-winning story here.
The jury unanimously arrived at its selection of ‘Coalgate 2.0’ for its “detailed, exhaustive and persuasive investigation and its clear exposition”.
The jury citation says: “The piece meets the criteria of what comprises 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.”
The award, conferred on May 3, World Press Freedom Day, comprises a trophy, a citation and Rs 2 lakh cash prize.
Neha Dixit, also an NWMI member, received a special mention for her story: ‘The Chronicle of Crime Fiction That is Adityanath’s Encounter Raj’ authored by Neha Dixit and published by The Wire.