The Journalist of Change Award 2018 will be judged by an eight-member panel of eminent citizens, including senior journalists. The panel chair is responsible for maintaining the integrity of the process.
Nikhil Lakshman, Editor-in-Chief, Rediff.com (Chair)
Urvashi Bhutalia, publisher, Zubaan Books
Vrinda Grover, human rights lawyer
Stephen Jukes, former global Head of News, Reuters and Professor of Journalism at Bournemouth University
Prem Panicker, journalist, editor, and consultant
Krishna Prasad, former editor-in-chief of Outlook and member of Press Council India
Dhruti Shah, journalist, BBC News
Einar Thorsen, Associate Professor of Journalism at Bournemouth University
The panel will follow a three-step process to select the winner and honourable mentions.
Stage 1: Desk review
The first stage involves a review of all entries to ensure that they meet the submission requirements of the award. Entries which fall short of the requirements (e.g. translation not provided, not appearing in the stated year, not single-authored, etc.) are rejected.
Stage 2: Sub-committee review
In the second stage, submissions are assigned to sub-committees of judges. This stage involves an in-depth evaluation of all entries. The sub-committees then select the best entries to proceed to the final stage.
Stage 3: Full panel review
In this stage, the full panel of judges reviews the shortlisted submissions put forward by the sub-committees. After a careful assessment of the shortlisted entries, the full panel decides on the winner and honourable mentions.
Judging criteria and process
Entries are assessed on the basis of the following criteria:
- Issue at stake
- Quality of journalism
- Impact or potential for impact
Judges work independently, without consulting each other. Entries are ranked by each judged in Stage 2, and a shortlist arrived at based on their individual rankings. The same process is followed in the final stage to decide the winner and honourable mentions. Should there be a tie at any stage, the chair’s vote will be used to break the tie.
The winner and honourable mentions will be announced on 16 February at the British Council, New Delhi, during the closing ceremony of Bournemouth University’s Festival of Learning India 2018.