Golden Moments
20th Annual PoleStar Awards
20th Annual PoleStar Awards

Frequently Asked Questions

Best Social Impact Projects

How do I fill the entry form?

Applications can be submitted only through the online application form. Start from Part 1 and fill up each part, following the examples and instructions. Please make sure the questions that require detailed answers are given in bullet form for ease of review by the jury.

It may be advisable to download the Submission document, take a print out, fill it up in consultation with your colleagues and use that to finally make the submission online. This will be especially needed if your Internet connection is unsteady.

Can I send multiple entries?

You can send in multiple entries only if you are applying for an award in multiple categories. For example: if your NGO works in health and education, you can apply for an award in both sectors, but you will have to fill up two separate entry forms.

Who can apply?

Submissions are invited from the NGOs between 2 to 20 years of field experience ONLY with annual budgets of not more than INR 10 crores. The competition is wide open to all who are registered as a Section8 Not for Profit Social Enterprise or a Non-Government Organization under
1. Societies Registration Act or,
2. Trust Act
Please note CSR Foundations are NOT eligible for these awards.

What are the evaluation criteria?

The following are the criteria on which your programme will be judged:

  • Innovation: Original ideas either in the planning, implementation, delivery or outcome of your programmes will be given importance. (For example, a unique irrigation method that uses fewer resources and results in better yield and more profits for the farmer).
  • Replication: Can your programme model be easily replicated irrespective of where it is implemented? Simplicity and minimal social and practical barriers to adoption are key determining factors. (For example, a successful approach to empowering a community in a region that can be replicated in another region without much change).
  • Scalability: Programmes that can be readily scaled up to help a greater number of people. (For example, scaling a farmer empowerment programme on agriculture best practices from 100 farmers in a cluster of Gram panchayats to 10,000 farmers across the district).
  • Sustainability: Lesser dependence on grants with a successful strategy of cost recovery and income generation. (For example, after an initial start-up grant, an SHG sustaining itself by the sales of products and services).
  • Community Involvement: To what extent is the programme involving the cross-section of the community without any discrimination? (For example, absorbing school dropouts into a programme and using them productively to prevent them from succumbing to alcohol or drug abuse).
  • Leadership and Governance: Strong leadership in the organization backed by process driven systems (Experienced leaders, staff members performing their work through proper documentation and reporting of activities, results, meetings and complying with all statutory and standard accounting procedures).

If you've been able to achieve qualitative benefits through a few or all of the above criteria and are able to provide quantifiable data to support the impact then you stand a good chance of winning the award.

What will the award be?

Winners in each of the four categories of the prestigious PoleStar Social Impact Award will receive a Citation, a Trophy and Rs.1 lakh in prize money.

What categories of work are eligible for awards?

Current ongoing initiatives will be considered for the award. Awards will be given for the 4 categories mentioned below. As examples, some types of activities are listed in each category.

1. Education: Examples: education of underprivileged, or challenged children; improving access or quality of education; teacher training; development of teaching aides; development and spread of curriculum; vocational or technical education centers; education in special fields like sports or music, etc.
2. Health: Examples: provision of low cost healthcare; provision or facilitation of basic healthcare to underprivileged sections; encouraging hygiene and other healthy practices; creating infrastructure for these; working for specific causes such as autism, palliative care, terminally ill, cancer treatment etc.
3. Livelihoods: Examples: any self-sustaining economic activity leading to income augmentation and employment creation, especially for under privileged sections including farmers, women, Dalits, youth, tribals; training in technologies
4. Empowerment: Examples: creating awareness and empowering communities on the above areas as well as areas such as Gram Panchayat governance and administration, Community Forest Rights entitlement, Government welfare schemes such as MGNREGA, , RTI, legal rights, social evils like dowry; communal harmony , gender, youth , tribal and national integration.

In case your work spans two or more issues, choose the category that represents maximum social impact. Alternatively apply for more than one category, but remember you will have to submit sep-arate application forms for each category.

Will the selection process be transparent and unbiased?

Yes, the selection process is transparent and unbiased. Names and key details of the winners will be uploaded in the PoleStar Awards website after the awards are declared.

 

Best Feature - IT, Business & Good News

What is the PoleStar Award?

The PoleStar Award celebrates excellence in IT and Business Journalism. It is a prestigious recognition for Indian journalists. This Annual Award pays tribute to the media citizens' contribution for their commitment to the nation and its people and also for tirelessly acting as a catalyst in disseminating quality information to the world.

When was The PoleStar Award started?

The PoleStar Foundation instituted The PoleStar Award in 1998 to celebrate Excellence in IT & Business Journalism.

Who is eligible for The PoleStar Award?

Only journalists who work with an Indian print or online publication are eligible for the Award.

What are the other criteria?

  • For Best Feature in Business, Technology and Good News Journalism, only stories that have appeared in print and online media (English only) between 1st July, 2018 and 30th June, 2019 can be nominated for the 21st Annual PoleStar Awards.
  • A journalist is welcome to nominate himself/herself directly.
  • A journalist is entitled to send TWO entries PER nomination category
  • A journalist may send nominations for BOTH categories.
  • A journalist may nominate fellow journalists for the award.
  • Only articles published in English can be nominated; we will not accept nominations in other languages.
  • All nominations should be sent through E-MAIL ONLY to polestarfoundation@gmail.com

What is the procedure to be followed in case of multiple bylines?

  • The nomination form for multiple byline stories should have the names of all the main contributors.
  • If the story is chosen as a winner in any category, the award will be shared by all the main contributors.
  • If one of the contributors is not willing to participate in the award, he/she has to express the same in writing and this note should be attached to the nomination form.

What are the award categories?

The Categories are

  • Best feature in IT Journalism
  • Best feature in Business Journalism
  • Best Social Impact Projects in 4 different categories:
    • - Education
    • - Livelihood
    • - Health
    • - Empowerment
  • Jury Special Recognition
  • Best Good News Feature

Please Note: Stories on management and business strategies of IT companies should be nominated in the Business Journalism category.

What is the time period for nomination?

  • Nomination window opens on July 1st, 2019.
  • Last date for receiving nominations is August 15th, 2019.

What are the stories eligible for being nominated under 'Best feature in IT Journalism' category?

Any article on Information Technology that has appeared in print or online medium is eligible. The stories need to be IT specific. Stories on management and business strategies of IT companies should be nominated in the Business Journalism category

What are the stories eligible for being nominated under 'Best feature in Business Journalism' category?

Any article on business / industry that has appeared in print or online medium is eligible. The stories need to be of interest to readers seeking business/ industry information.

Is the Award open to all publications?

The award is open only to Indian publications (print and online).

Does the entry have to be submitted by the publication or the journalist?

Journalists across the country may nominate themselves directly or get nominated by peers from the industry for the Award in any / category.

Can there be more than one entry per category by the same person?

A journalist is entitled to send TWO entries PER nomination category.

Can a freelancer nominate himself / herself?

Yes. A nominee can either be an IT writer, business writer, industry writer or a freelancer.

How does one send his / her nomination?

  • Please download the online nomination form that is available on this website.
  • Fill in all the details and attach either a link or a jpeg image of the nominated story and send it to polestarfoundation@gmail.com
  • Only online nominations will be accepted.
  • Please fill separate nomination forms for different categories.
  • Incomplete nomination forms will not be accepted.
  • Please note there is no entry fee for sending in your nominations.
  • For any information/clarification please write to polestarfoundation@gmail.com

What are the parameters for judging an entry?

  • Please note that the PoleStar Award 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
    • The jury looks specifically for areas like presentation of facts, the writing style, the 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.
  • Overall impact
    • Impact on the reader (validated/explained by the journalist in the nomination form) and impact on jury members.
    • Quality of research, accuracy of forecast and other related factors will be taken into account.
  • 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.

Who comprises the panel of judges?

The PoleStar Award jury is an independent panel comprising respected, distinguished citizens, who will represent various walks of society. No member of The PoleStar Foundation, or their relatives, will be on the jury

Golden Moments
Compendium
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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

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
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