|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.
|The PoleStar Foundation instituted The PoleStar
Award in 1998 to celebrate Excellence in IT & Business Journalism.
|Only journalists who work with an Indian print
or online publication are eligible for the Award.
- Reports/features/news stories that have appeared
in print or online medium between January 1, 2015, and
December 31, 2016, qualify for The 19th Annual PoleStar
- 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
- All nominations should be sent through E-MAIL
ONLY to firstname.lastname@example.org
- 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.
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
- Nomination window opens on June 15, 2017.
- Last date for receiving nominations is July 31,
|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
|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.
|The award is open only to Indian publications
(print and online).
|Journalists across the country may nominate themselves
directly or get nominated by peers from the industry for the
Award in any / category.
A journalist is entitled to send
|Yes. A nominee can either be an IT writer, business
writer, industry writer or a freelancer.
- 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 email@example.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 for sending in your nominations.
- For any information/clarification please write to firstname.lastname@example.org
- 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
- 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
- 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
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
The jury in the past has included the following
- Abhay Gupte – CEO, Logica, India
- Anand Sudarshan – CEO and MD, Manipal Education
- Aruna Rao – CTO, Kotak Mahindra Bank
- Arun Kumar N T – MD and Global Head, IB Operations (Offshore),
UBS (India) Pvt. Ltd
- Dr. Ashok Korwar – CEO Coach and Former Professor, IIM-A
- Pradipta K. Mohapatra – Chairman & Co Founder, Coaching
Foundation India Ltd.
- Ramraj R – Co-Founder & Former CEO, Sify Ltd.
- Uma Ratnam Krishnan – Head, Multi Channel Performance
& Development Consumer Distribution, UK Retail, RBS
- Ashok Soota – Chairman, MindTree Consulting
- Anil Metre – Publisher, A&M Magazine
- Anand Sudarshan – CEO, Netkraft
- Anand Parthasarathy – Freelance writer and blogger
- Ashoke Dutt – Head, Citibank
- Dr. Mukesh Aghi – President, Tata IBM
- E. Raghavan – Editor, South, The Economic Times
- Ganesh Natarajan – CEO, Zensar Technologies
- Harish Bijoor – CEO, Harish Bijoor Consults Inc.
- J.S.Raju – Editor, Computers Today
- Late Dewang Mehta – President, NASSCOM
- L.Subramanyan – Vice President, TVS Finance
- Mallika Srinivasan – Director, TAFE
- Ratnam V.Balaraman – Director – Exports, HLL
- Srinivasan Swamy – R.K.Swamy, BBDO
- Somnath Chaudhari – Editor, ITSpace.com\
- S.Rajalakshmi – Director, STPI
- U.Jayraj Rau – Vice President, Hindustan Thompson Associates
- Chand Das – CEO, Education & Stationery Products Business, ITC
- VDavid Appasamy – Management Consultant
- Pravir Vohra – Former President & Group CTO, ICICI Bank Limited
- Vijayalakshmi Rao – Business Advisor & Mentor