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7 journalists who changed the face of Indian journalism

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7 journalists who changed the face of Indian journalism

Indian Journalism has 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 7 journalists who've changed the face of Indian journalism in the last decade or so.

Prannoy Roy

Prannoy Roy

Education School La Martiniere, Calcutta & The Doon School
College Queen Mary College, London
Higher Studies Delhi School of Economics
Career Introduction Prannoy 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 & Achievements -
  • Leverhulme Trust (UK) Fellowship
  • Queen Mary College Prize
  • OPOS Scholarship at The Doon School
  • Chartered Accountancy, ICA England & Wales

Barkha Dutt

Barkha Dutt

Education School -
College St. Stephen's College, Delhi
Higher Studies

Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi

Graduate School of Journalism, Columbia University, New York

Career Introduction Barkha 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 & Achievements -
  • Padma Shri
  • C H Mohammed Koya National Journalism Award
  • Indian News Broadcasting Award
  • Commonwealth Broadcasting Association Award

Gauri Lankesh

Gauri Lankesh

Education School -
College -
Higher Studies -
Career Introduction Gauri Lankesh was a 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 

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 journalists in India 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

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 a 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

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

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

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!



About Ileana Sharangpani

Ileana is a fresh face in content writing although her love for writing dates back to her school days. She is an avid tennis fan and has indulged in lawn tennis, basketball, hockey and volleyball during her school and college days. A foodie at heart, she likes to try different cuisines at every chance she gets. Professionally she has tried her hand at finance before content writing beckoned her. Already bitten by the travel bug, she hopes to explore different places in India and abroad.

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