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20th Annual PoleStar Awards
The Categories
Best feature in Technology Journalism
Best Feature in Business Journalism
Best Good News Feature
Best Social Impact Projects in 4 different categories:

- Education
- Livelihood
- Health
- Empowerment

The PoleStar Award Winner
Takes Home
The PoleStar Trophy
A Citation
Rs. 2 lakhs prize money each for Best Feature in Technology and Business Journalism
Rs.1 lakh prize money for Jury Special Recognition
Rs. 1 lakh prize money for Best Good News Feature
Rs. 1 lakh prize money for each category Education, Livelihood, Health and Empowerment

Golden Moments
Evaluation Criteria


Content, Context, Connect and Communication - these are the 4Cs on which The PoleStar Awards are designed and are the basis on which the nominations for The Polestar Awards are evaluated every year by an independent and distinguished panel of jury members.
  • Content: Richness, In-depth & Insightful Message, Research
  • Context: Relevance, Comprehensive Perspective
  • Connect: Engagement, Message Flow
  • Communication: Reflective, Recall
What are the parameters for judging an entry?
  • Please note that The PoleStar jury makes its judgment based on the nominated story only. The PoleStar jury reserves the right to accept or reject nominations.
  • The nominated article is then rated on a scale of 1 - 10 by the jury using the following parameters:

Subject / Domain Knowledge

  • How well does the journalist know the subject of the story?

Writing / Presentation Style

  • Each member of the jury is presented with a copy of the story. The jury runs through each piece and looks specifically for areas like the presentation of facts, writing style, use of diagrams/charts/other pictorial depictions, simplicity of language and logical flow of thoughts.
  • Each piece is also judged on the time of its release to ascertain, specifically, its relevance and importance at that point in time.
  • The criteria listed above have been derived based on a general pattern that has emerged over the years.
  • Please note that based on the prevailing situation, the jury may develop new, more relevant criteria, which will also directly affect the decision pertaining to the winning piece.

How well is the feature presented?

  • This would depend upon the personal perceptions of the jury towards each piece.
  • Quality of research, accuracy of forecast and other related factors will be taken into account.
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