The Prem Bhatia Awards for outstanding journalism have for this year gone to Dipankar Ghose of the Indian Express for his coverage of the migrant labour crisis and other Covid-19 related issues and to the People’s Archive of Rural India (PARI) a non-profit journalism website dedicated to reporting on rural India, for its extensive field reports, including climate change effects and the impact of the pandemic on rural India. There are two awards, one for reporting on political issues and the other for reporting on environmental and development issues. Awardees are selected by independent juries. The former award went to Dipankar Ghose and the latter to PARI collectively for its army of field reporters, volunteers and its dedicated team which sifts and publishes data.
Past winners of the awards include prominent journalists like Raj Chengappa, Neerja Chowdhury, Suhasini Haider, Praveen Swamy, Rajdeep Sardesai and P. Sainath among others.