P. Sainath is the winner of World Media Summit Global Award for Excellence 2014 in the Public Welfare category. The WMS awards are described as the “first comprehensive news awards covering multiple media formats, including press, photo, video and integrated media to honour “truth, objectivity and excellence” in journalism”. The World Media Summit is a new body with major news organisations involved from all across the globe:
P. Sainath has won the Public Welfare Award for Exemplary News Professionals in Developing Countries. An eleven member jury from different countries chose P. Sainath’s series on water from over 430 entries from 90 countries. This is the work he has done while he worked at The Hindu and reported on Maharashtra’s acute water crisis in 2013. This would be his 27th award / distinction for work done at The Hindu. Sainath left The Hindu - where he had been Rural Affairs Editor for over a decade — at the end of July this year.
The prize-winning entry consisted of five stories now up on this site
Feb 27, 2012: How we use water can be as important as how much water we have. Who owns or controls that water will prove crucial
March 5, 2013: If drought is making many in Osmanabad struggle for survival, it is also boosting a 24-hour trade that thrives on scarcity
March 27, 2013: The water markets of Marathwada are booming. In the town of Jalna alone, tanker owners transact between Rs.6 million and Rs.7.5 million in water sales each day
April 19, 2013: As the borewells go deeper in Maharashtra, there have been worrying instances of ‘paleo-historic storages’ being breached
July 28, 2013: Hard-working rig-operators are providing a real response to a very real demand from farmers, but with grave consequences for groundwater supplies
Our congratulations to P. Sainath for his well deserved recognition!
For the Winners Announcement and complete list of winners, do visit the World Media Summit Awards website.