The annual Chameli Devi Jain Award is the premier award for women mediapersons in India. It was first awarded in 1982 to an outstanding woman mediaperson, who had made a difference through writing with depth, dedication, courage and compassion. Chameli Devi Jain awardees include some of the best known and respected names in Indian journalism. They have pioneered and popularised a new journalism in terms of themes and values – such as social development, politics, equity, gender justice, health, war and conflict, and consumer values.
The award was instituted by the late BG Verghese. A standard bearer of the profession, of unwavering principle and intellectual curiosity, Mr Verghese personally ensured that the awardees met the objective of the award.
The criteria for selection are excellence, analytical skill, social concern, insights, style, innovation, courage and compassion. Other things being equal, preference will be given to small town/rural, Indian language journalists and those who have not been awarded before in their careers. Entries can be sent in English, Hindi or any other Indian language. The entries will be evaluated by an independent panel of jurists whose verdict shall be final.
Journalists in the print, digital, broadcast and current affairs documentary film media are eligible, including photographers, cartoonists and newspaper designers. Names and addresses of sponsors or references should be clearly mentioned with email ids and contact numbers. Self nominated entries are also accepted.
Nominations should include a bio-data (with complete postal address, telephone, fax numbers and email address, for facility of communication) together with samples of work done during the period January 1, 2016 to December 31, 2017 in the form of links (preferably) clippings/tapes/CDs. These should be accompanied by a brief explanation of why the candidate is especially deserving of recognition. Mediapersons sending their entries in regional languages are also requested to send a translation of their work in English.
Nominations can be sent by post to The Media Foundation, Flat no 2B, 1/23 Shanti Niketan, New Delhi -110021 or emailed to email@example.com Nominations should reach the Media Foundation not later than January 20, 2018.