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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 9th PoleStar Awards
Best Feature in IT Journalism

Ms. Janani Gopalakrishnan Vikram

Janani Gopalakrishnan won The PoleStar Award titled, ‘Best Feature in IT Journalism’ for 2006 for her article, 'Those magnificent people and their amazing robots!', which appeared in i.t. Magazine.

Janani has always been passionate about writing, especially on technology.

A freelance writer and very busy hands-on mom, she writes on a variety of subjects ranging from science to philosophy, especially emerging technology and cuisine! Based out of Chennai, Janani is a regular contributor to the magazines of the EFY Group such as Electronics For You, Open Source For You & EFY Times -- and thoroughly enjoys the work she does for them as it keeps her constantly in touch with experts in the field and provides opportunities to keep learning new things. She also extends editorial assistance to Tarla Dalal, the cooking diva of India. To her, life is above everything else, and encompasses everything else -- she enjoys every role she plays and values every person in her Web.

Best Feature in Business Journalism

Ms. Archna Shukla

Archna Shukla won The PoleStar Award titled, ‘Best Feature in Business Journalism’ for 2006 for her story, 'Confessions of a rural marketer', published in Business Today.

Archna began her journey in Journalism in 1999. Currently, she is working with The Indian Express as its Senior Editor.

She earlier worked with Mint as its Deputy Features Editor in New Delhi. Her primary interest is writing on Media, Marketing, Advertising, Management and Strategy. Prior to Mint, she was with Business Today for three years as an Assistant Editor. Some of her earlier stints were with Business Standard, The Economic Times and The Sunday Times (London). Archna is a winner of the Chevening scholarship. With a Marketing background, Archna started her career in Journalism focusing on sub-editing and production work.

Jury's Special Recognition

Ms. Sangeetha Chengappa

Sangeetha Chengappa won The PoleStar Award titled, ‘Jury's Special Recognition’ for 2006 for her articles, ‘Move over IT and BT, make room for MT’ and ‘Can Academia bail out Industry from manpower shortage?’, that appeared in Deccan Herald.

Sangeetha currently works at Deccan Chronicle as a Senior Special Correspondent.

As a hardcore business journalist for eight years Sangeetha is backed up by 10 years of deep industry experience imbuing her writing with unique perspectives. Over the years, she has extensively reported on sectors like: IT, BPO, Retail, Hospitality, Advertising, FMCG, Personal Finance, E-commerce, Aeronautics, HR, Innovation Labs, Commodities (Coffee and Gold), Travel and Management Consulting.

With a lateral entry into business journalism in 1995, she joined Express Computer, as an IT correspondent. Prior to this, she had three years work experience as a Client Servicing executive with Hindustan Thompson Associates (now renamed JWT) and serviced diverse accounts like Wipro, Deccan Herald newspaper, TTK, Windsor Manor, Kwality Icecream and Pioneer newspaper, among others. Before this for three years, she was a Sales Executive with NIIT, and interacted with public sector undertakings and the private sector, educational institutions and banks. Her first job, post-college, was as a Sales Trainee with the Taj West End Hotel. Working with some of the best names in industry has enabled her to comprehend nuances better, that now translate into her writings.

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