10 best Indian journalists who changed the face of Indian journalism

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The best indian Indian Journalism have come a long way. Although print media is still at the forefront of outstanding work in Indian journalism there are certain faces in the digital media that inspire you to take up journalism. Their honesty, grit, and perseverance are qualities that make them few of the best Indian journalists in the last couple of decades.

Writing or covering news is not as easy a feat as we think it may be. There are a lot of factors involved while covering a news piece, either in print or digital. However, there are certain personalities in the Indian journalism world that cross all obstacles and barriers and come up with a way to deliver the news to India and the rest of the world with utmost honesty.

Let’s get to know these personalities a little more closely. Any aspiring journalists and/or writers are sure to be inspired by each and every one of them.

We are bringing to you 10 journalists who’ve changed the face of Indian journalism in the last decade or so.

Prannoy Roy

 

Education
SchoolLa Martiniere, Calcutta & The Doon School
CollegeQueen Mary College, London
Higher StudiesDelhi School of Economics
CareerIntroductionPrannoy Roy is a certified professional British Chartered Accountant and an Economist. He also co-authored two books along with David Butler. He is particularly well-known and appreciated for his contribution to digital media via NDTV which he co-founded with his wife, Radhika, who is also co-chairperson of the news channel.
Awards & AchievementsLeverhulme Trust (UK) Fellowship
Queen Mary College Prize
OPOS Scholarship at The Doon School
Chartered Accountancy, ICA England & Wales

Barkha Dutt

 

Education
School
CollegeSt. Stephen’s College, Delhi
Higher StudiesJamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi
Graduate School of Journalism, Columbia University, New York
CareerIntroductionBarkha Dutt became the face of Indian journalism with her front-line war reporting during the Kargil War of 1999. She hosted two of the most watched news shows on Indian television, “We the People” and “The Buck Stops Here”. Apart from winning so many accolades and awards she has had a fair bit of criticism come her way as well due to some of the news and reports she covered on national television. However, she still retains her position as one of the most influential and inspiring journalists in India.
Awards & AchievementsPadma Shri
C H Mohammed Koya National Journalism Award
Indian News Broadcasting Award
Commonwealth Broadcasting Association Award

Gauri Lankesh

Education

School

College

Higher Studies

Career

Introduction

Gauri Lankesh was an Indian journalist and an activist who was critical of right-wing Hindutva politics. She was the editor of “Lankesh Patrike” which was a Kannada daily started by her father. She also had her own weekly called “Gauri Lankesh Patrike”. She voiced her opinion on a lot of controversial issues pertaining to Indian society and that resulted in her sad demise when she was shot right outside her house in Bangalore on the fateful night of 5 September 2017. Her contribution to Indian journalism and Indian society is paramount and will never be forgotten.

Awards & Achievements

Her honest work for the betterment of Indian society and politics was not only her award but also her reward and achievement.

Rajat Sharma

Education

School

Sanatan Dharma Middle School

College

Higher Studies

Sri Ram College of Commerce (SRCC), New Delhi

Career

Introduction

Rajat Sharma is the face of one of the most entertaining and controversial shows on Indian TV, Aap Ki Adalat. He is also the Chairman and Editor-in-Chief of India TV which airs the program. He is considered one of the top Indian journalists and has been conferred with many awards in journalism.

Awards & Achievements

  • Tarun Kranti Award
  • Padma Bhushan
  • Ranked No. 33 in India’s 50 Most Powerful People 2017 list

Ravish Kumar

Education

School

Loyala High School, Patna

College

University of Delhi

Higher Studies

Indian Institute of Mass Communication (IIMC), New Delhi

Career

Introduction

Ravish Kumar is an anchor, writer, and journalist who mostly writes and covers news on topics related to Indian politics and Indian society. He has created a place for himself as a Senior Executive Editor with NDTV India. He hosts the prime-time shows for the channel and has received many accolades for his outstanding work in journalism.

Awards & Achievements

  • Ganesh Shankar Vidyarthi Award
  • Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism Award
  • Kuldip Nayar Journalism Award

Sweta Singh

Education

School

College

Higher Studies

Patna University

Career

Introduction

Sweta Singh is a known face of Aaj Tak. She is a news presenter who covers all kinds of news but is known for her sports journalism. She has received many awards and recognition for her notable work as a news anchor. She is considered one of the most inspiring female journalists in India.

Awards & Achievements

  • SJFI Award – Saurav Ka Sixer 2005
  • ENBA Award – Best Producer 2013
  • ENBA Best Business Show
  • NT Award Best Anchor, Best Talk Show

Boria Majumdar

 

Education

School

College

University of Calcutta

Higher Studies

University of Calcutta

Career

Introduction

Boria Majumdar is probably the most well-known and most effervescent personalities in the sports journalism field. He is also an academician and an author. He co-authored “Playing It My Way” along with Sachin Tendulkar which happens to be an autobiography of the latter.

Awards & Achievements

  • D.Phil (History) – University of Oxford
  • Rhodes Scholar – University of Oxford

Faye D’Souza

Education

School

 

College

Mount Caramel College

Higher Studies

 

Career

Introduction

She is presently one of the most renowned faces in the best Indian journalism. Faye D’Souza started her career at All India Radio. She went on to work with Mirror Now and hosted a famous show “The Urban Debate on Mirror Now” related to corruption, communal violence, and independent press. She quit Mirror Now in 2019 and started her independent channel. She has constantly called out against the inaction of the government on religious freedom and corruption.

Awards & Achievements

  • In 2018 The RedInk Award for ‘Journalist of the Year’ was awarded to Faye D’Souza. 

Shalini Chopra

Education

School

Air Force Golden Jubilee Institute, New Delhi. 

College

The Asian College of Journalism, Chennai

Higher Studies

 

Career

Introduction

Shalini Chopra is a business journalist, entrepreneur, and founder of SheThePeople.TV, a digital news website that focuses on women. She has worked with NDTV-profit and ETNOW previously. Shalini has also penned four books. Chopra won the Ramnath Goenka Award for Excellence in Business Journalism.

Awards & Achievements

  • Chopra won the Best Business Anchor Award and was felicitated with FICCI’s Woman Achiever Award.
  • Chopra was awarded the Ramnath Goenka Award for Excellence in Business Journalism at the Indian Express RNG Awards 2012.

Mayanti Langer

Education

School

 

College

 

Higher Studies

 

Career

Introduction

Mayanti Langer is not just a pretty face on TV but also an inspiration for many girls who want to become sports presenters. She generally works for Star Sports Network and is the wife of Indian cricketer Stuart Binny. Mayanti Langer has hosted tournaments like Football Cafe on Zee Sports, 2010 Commonwealth Games, 2010 FIFA World Cup, 2018 Indian Premiere League, 2011 Cricket World Cup, 2015 Cricket World Cup, and many more.

Awards & Achievements

  • hosted the  World Cup Cricket  2011 held in India, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka. 
  • Moreover, Mayanti hosted a sports news show ‘Star Power’ and also In 2014 hosted the “Champions League Cricket Tournament” and “Indian Super League Football Tournament”, & “Cricket World Cup 2015” for Star Sports. 
  • Currently, Mayanti is successfully hosting the Indian Premier League 2018 season

With so many students out there pursuing journalism, the work of these journalists and so many others is not just inspirational but also something to be inculcated in our own lives. Honest work always gives you the best results and that is something one should always remember.

While the others continue delivering some of their best work day in and day out, we did lose one of the most hardworking and gritty journalists in India last week and her contribution to Indian journalism and Indian society should not be forgotten.

Rest in peace, Gauri Lankesh!