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18th Annual PoleStar Awards
The Categories
Best feature in IT Journalism
(magazine / newpaper / online media)
Best Feature in Business Journalism (magazines / newspapers / online media)
Jury Special Recognition
The PoleStar Award Winner
Takes Home
The PoleStar Trophy
A Citation
Rs. 2 lakhs prize money for Best Feature in IT and Business Journalism
Rs.1 lakh prize money for Jury Special Recognition

 
Golden Moments
 
 
Highlights of 15th PoleStar Awards
   
Best Feature in IT Journalism

Mr. Srikanth R P

Srikanth R P won The PoleStar Award titled, ‘Best Feature in IT Journalism’ for 2012 for his story, ‘How Indian TV show Satyamev Jayate used Big Data to inspire the world’, published in InformationWeek.

Srikanth RP is a vastly experienced communications specialist with more than 16 years of experience, with core expertise in writing about the business of Information Technology.

Srikanth is currently working with United Business Media (UBM) in the capacity of Executive Editor, InformationWeek (India).

UBM is one of the world's largest media organizations, which owns brands such as InformationWeek, INTEROP, Network Computing and Dr Dobbs Journal. Srikanth is fully responsible for the InformationWeek (India) edition, leading a team of talented journalists. Prior to this, he was playing the role of Head-Conference for INTEROP (Mumbai) and Cloud Connect (Bengaluru), besides being responsible for InformationWeek (India).

In the past, Srikanth has headed the editorial operations of the Bombay bureau of Express Computer, one of India’s leading IT magazines, where he was responsible for conceptualizing and creating a robust editorial plan that accurately captured the pulse of existing industry and technology trends.

He has also been associated with Patni Computer Systems, (now acquired by iGate), where he was a key member of the communications and thought leadership team responsible for creating a compelling value proposition, through focused written communications such as books, whitepapers etc. After Patni, he was associated with Capgemini India Consulting Private Limited, one of the world’s premier IT consulting companies, where he headed the Internal Communications function.

   
Best Feature in Business Journalism

Mr. Kandula Subramaniam

Kandula Subramaniam won the PoleStar Award titled, ‘Best Feature in Business Journalism’ for 2012 for his article, ‘Stinking Rich’, published in Outlook Business.

Kandula Subramaniam, Associate Editor, Outlook Business has over 15 years of experience as a journalist, specializing in the areas of power, infrastructure and economy.

With a M.Phil in applied economics. Kandula started his journalism career with Business Standard in 1996. Before joining Outlook Business, he worked with Businessworld, Indian Express, Financial Express and Business Standard.

Apart from writing opinion articles, he has also written several news stories on his specialized subjects and has authored many academic articles on the power sector.

Kandula has a paper published by the UPenn titled ‘Thirteen Years of Power Sector Reform in India: are we still groping in the dark?’ He has also made presentations on power at World Bank, Teri and other platforms.

   
Jury's Special Recognition

Mr. Ayushman Baruah

Mr. Ayushman Baruah won the PoleStar Award titled, ‘Jury's Special Mention’ for 2012 for his article, ‘Healthcare industry prescribing a dose of technology' published in InformationWeek.

Ayushman is a Bangalore-based business and IT journalist with about six years of experience. He is currently working as the Principal Correspondent of InformationWeek (India) where he is responsible for writing news, views and features in technology and the business value of technology. Ayushman tracks IT services and emerging technologies such as cloud, mobility, big data, and social media and has written several trend-setting stories around them. He is globally well exposed as he has covered technology summits and conferences both at the national and international level.

A post-graduate in Communications from Commits Institute of Journalism and Mass Communication (Bangalore), Ayushman has earlier worked with reputed publications such as The Financial Express (The Indian Express Ltd) and The Shillong Times. He is also an NSE-certified capital market professional (NCCMP) which gives him an edge in business reporting. An active inter-college debater during his academic years, he takes special interest in speaking at conferences and moderating panel discussions. Besides, Ayushman is a firm believer that good journalism is good business.

   
Jury's Special Mention

Ms. Geetika Rustagi

Geetika Rustagi won the PoleStar Award titled 'Jury's Special Mention' for 2012 her article, ‘Internal networks at work go social’, published in Mint

Geetika Rustagi, has been working with Mint since June 2009 as a Web Editor. She graduated from Delhi University with Honors in Journalism and went on to earn a PG Diploma in Journalism specializing in new media from Asian College of Journalism, Chennai.

She is responsible for video production and social media at Mint. Prior to this role, she was on the web desk updating the website and handling social media for livemint.com (the online identity). In these four years, she has been associated with some special projects like Manthan Awards and mBillionth Awards given for outstanding work in the field of ICT by Digital Empowerment Foundation. She has also been reporting on social media, technology, mobile apps and digital trends. Her current work profile revolves around video production and devising social media strategy for Mint.

Her personal interests include social media, advertising, digital trends and branding. She has also worked with the India Today Group and The Hindu's lifestyle supplement MetroPlus and has dabbled into content writing as well.

 
     
 
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