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Journalists or reporters are those who perform journalistic activities and write news reports which regularly get published in mass media. They are expected to be objective and not have a view from a certain angle for the community. Irrespective of the type of media, the term has professional expectations in making reports, with consideration of truth and ethics. India has a list of honoured journalists, the one who is at top of this list is Ravish Kumar. He once came from Bihar's East Champaran district of Motihari, and is now the Managing Editor of Hindi news channel NDTV India. He is popularly known for his news shows such as, Hum Log, Prime Time, and Ravish ki Report.

Journalists usually have a handsome income, the average monthly salary of a journalist in India is about 36,000 INR. Salaries range from 16,700 INR - 1,00,000 INR and usually includes housing, transport, and other benefits. Earnings of a person working as journalist varies drastically based on qualification, skills, gender, or location, but the experience level is the top determiner in this Industry. Anyone who has more years of experience, has higher salary. A person with less than 2 years of experience earns around Rs.30,000/-.

There are many national and international journalism awards given out to those who do remarkable work in this field. Awards are generally held by the country or organisation that sponsors them, although some awards are not limited to one country. Some of the prominent international awards are: Rebellion’s Artist in the World, The Elizabeth Neuffer Memorial Prize, The Prince Albert2 of Monaco and UNCA Global Prize, UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize, and World Association of Newspaper’s Golden Pen of Freedom Award. The three most popular Indian journalism awards are: Bharatendu Harishchandra Awards, Chameli Devi Jain for Outstanding Women Media persons, and Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Jounalism Awards.

Since there are many remarkable journalists in India, naming top ten among them is a difficult task. First among this list would be Ravish Kumar, he is the managing editor of Hindi news channel NDTV India. The next one would be Karan Thapar, he is the first person to receive current events category at the Asian Television Awards. Other prominent journalists from India are: Punya Prasun Bajpai, Nidhi Razdan, Vinod Dua, Anjana Om Kashyap, Prabhu Chawla, Dibang, and Barkha Dutt. Other 3 popular journalists are: Arnab Goswami- the editor of Republic TV, Sudhir Chaudhary- editor-in-chief of Zee News, and Rajat Sharma- the chairman and editor-in-chief of India TV.

There is no hiding of the fact that this noble profession of journalism which once fed Indians with important information is now feeding misleading facts. The first issue is fake news, these wrong pieces of information gets spreads in general public with great pace and later causes chaos. The next problem is misleading headlines, news channels use click baits in thumbnails for the sake of TRP but the actual content is somewhat different. Other disturbing problem with Indian journalism is biased or discriminatory news. Many news channels focus on a particular political party or community or just one side of the story but the actual motive of reports must be to display information with consideration of truth and ethics.

Many experts have reported that India is slowly becoming unsafe for journalists. After arresting of 67 and physical attacks on 200 in year 2020, there is no denial of this statement. Many instances have been reported with extreme brutality on reporters and journalists. One such incident is of a journalist trapped in jail for five months, while he was on his way to cover the gang rape of a girl in Uttar Pradesh. Women journalists who are often critical of the government - face fierce online trolling and threats. One such case was of Neha Dixit- a Delhi-based freelance journalist who complaint of "stalking, open threats of rape and murder, and vicious trolls", and an attempt made to break into her apartment. A law student was arrested for allegedly sending death and rape threats to another freelance journalist, Rohini Singh.

Gauri Lankesh is a revolutionary journalist from Kannada. She was working as an editor in the Kannada weekly Magazine when she was shot on 5 September, 2017 outside her home. Faye d’ Souza, is a prestigious journalist, news anchor and editor of the Times Group Miror Now. She has already worked for CNBC Network 18. Other dynamic female journalist from India would be Anjana Om Kashyap. She is probably the best and most popular journalist of this list, her career started with Doordarshan in 2003. Barkha Dutt, is a journalist and writer and has worked in NDTV for 21 years. She is known for her live broadcast of the Kargil war between India and Pakistan. The last one in this list is Varsha Bhosle, this Mumbai based writer and journalist was the daughter of famous playback singer Asha Bhosle.

Financial Journalism is a highly specialised field but sadly, very few are skilled enough for the job. As country is moving towards development, the field is highly in demand. The best financial journalists of India are Suchita Dalal- popularly known for the 1992 Indian stock market scam, Shereen Bhan- the managing editor for CNBC-TV 18, Shaili Chopra- the core founder of She The People TV, Shekhar Gupta- founder and the current editor-in-chief of Print, Tanvir Gill- a news anchor at CNBC, Naveen Soni- anchor in stock market and personal finance shows of Zee Business , Omkar Goswami- business journalist for Business India, and Prannoy Roy- the co-founder and co-chairperson of NDTV.

In Investigative journalism, the reporters do deep investigations on serious crimes, corruption in politics or corporative wronging. One of the best investigative journalist in India is Josy Joseph – he was the National Security Editor with The Hindu till 2018. Other few in this list would be Chitra Subramaniam- the co-founder of The News Minute, Rana Ayyub- the opinion columnist with the Washington Post, Shoma Chaudhury- she is the managing editor and founder of a newsmagazine ‘Tehelka’, and Nalini Singh- anchor for multiple Doordarshan programs and known for her show ‘Ankhon Dekhi’.

Three of the most influential journalists in India are: Arnab Goswami- the editor of Republic TV, Sudhir Chaudhary- editor-in-chief of Zee News, and Rajat Sharma- the chairman and editor-in-chief of India TV. Another popular journalist would be Ravish Kumar, he is the managing editor of Hindi news channel NDTV India. Other dynamic journalist from India would be Anjana Om Kashyap. She started her career in 2003 with Doordarshan and now she is one of the best and most popular person in this field. Barkha Dutt, is another journalist and writer who has worked in NDTV for 21 years. She is known for her live broadcast of the Kargil war between India and Pakistan.

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