Citi Journalistic Excellence Award    CITI JOURNALISTIC EXCELLENCE AWARD

The Citi Journalistic Excellence Award (CJEA) began in 1982 as a way to recognize journalists for excellence in financial and business reporting in the markets in which Citi does business around the world. The nominees are selected by independent panels Citi assembles. The Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism screens those nominated and selects the winner for each territory. The most prominent aspect of the award is the winners’ participation in an 8-day business and financial seminar in New York City, which is administered by the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and sponsored by Citi. The program offers participants rigorous workshops in the principles of accounting and finance, and exposure to institutions, policy makers, and other thought leaders in the United States. Since its inception, more than 340 talented journalists from over 100 media outlets in 39 countries have attended the Seminar.

Journalists will be requested to submit their entries and must include:

  • An application form
  • An original article of minimum 750 words, published between January 1, 2017 and December 31, 2017
  • An autobiographical essay of no more than 1,000 words
  • An authorization letter from the editor to attend the course at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism
  • A confirmation letter from the editor on article’s authenticity
  • Headshot
  • The competition is open to financial/business journalists and freelancers, print media (newspapers, magazines), wire services and electronic media (radio and TV) with at least five years of working experience in journalism. Electronic media (radio and TV) must submit a transcript of the broadcast rather than a video or audio tape.
  • Submitted articles must be 750 – 1,800 words in English or 1,000 – 3,000 words in any Indian regional language and published within the preceding calendar year.
  • All entries must be in English. If a regional language article is submitted, a transcript of the article must be also provided in English.
  • Participants must be able to understand English well enough to follow the proceedings of the sessions in New York without the aid of an interpreter.
  • Articles must be published between January 1 and December 31 of 2017
  • The jury in India will select the shortlist for the consideration of Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and their representative may conduct video /phone interviews with all three shortlisted finalists to confirm English-language comprehension.
  • All entries must include an autobiographical essay written in ENGLISH of no more than 1000 words which describes the entrant’s career as a business journalist and what he/ she hopes to gain from this experience
  • All articles published without a byline must be accompanied by a letter from the editor verifying authorship.
  • Nominations can be submitted by journalists or their editors.
  • Entrants must submit a letter from their company authorizing them to attend the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism seminar if they win. A recommendation from the entrant’s editor is preferred.
  • Winners are responsible for obtaining all necessary travel documents (Visas, etc.) for the United States. Failure to obtain these papers will result in disqualification and the award will be offered to the second-place winner
  • Previous award winners, and owners and directors of media companies are not eligible.
  • All entries must be made via an official entry form.
  • A headshot must be provided
  • All articles of a business nature qualify for consideration
  • Entries must be received by January 19, 2018. Applicants can choose one of the following ways to submit their entries: email or mail Corporate Affairs, Citi India, CJEA, 9th Floor, FIFC, Bandra Kurla Complex, Bandra East, Mumbai 400 051. We will notify applicants once we receive their respective entries
  • In the event that the winning article/s is/are authored by more than one journalist, the media company and/or authors should decide on the final representative
  • In all cases, the decision of the Jury will be final and no correspondence/communication would be entertained from any entrant in this regard. The Jury has the right to disqualify an entrant if it has reasonable grounds to believe that the entrant has breached any of the competition rules
  • Citi India will sponsor the scholarship that includes travel and incidental costs to attend the study course. All income and related taxes applicable, if any, must be borne by the winner.

Please Click here for the application form


CJEA India 2016-17


  • Bindisha Sarang, Firstpost
  • Goutam Das, Business Today


  • Ritwik Mukherjee, Financial Chronicle


  • Ayushman Baruah, Businessworld
  • Amrit Raj, Mint
  • Archana Shukla, CNBC-TV18
  • Jyotindra Dubey, VC Circle
  • Kayezad E. Adajania, Mint
  • Manu Kaushik, Business Today

CJEA India 2015-16


  • Pavan Lall, Fortune India


  • Jash Kriplani, Outlook Business
  • T. Bijoy Idicheriah, Cogencis Information Services Ltd


  • Bibhu Ranjan Mishra, Business Standard
  • Jyoti Mukul, Business Standard
  • Kripa Mahalingam, Outlook Business
  • Peerzada Syed Abrar Hussain, The Hindu
  • Raghu Mohan, BW Business World
  • Vishal Krishna, YourStory

CJEA India 2014-15


  • Shelley Singh, The Economic Times


  • Deepti Bhaskaran, Mint
  • Mahithi Pillay, Outlook Business


  • Bhuma Shrivastava, Bloomberg LP
  • Bijoy Sankar Saikia, Financial Chronicle
  • Megha Mandavia, The Economic Times
  • Mihir Dalal, Mint
  • N Sundaresha Subramanian, Business Standard
  • Pavan Lall, Fortune India
  • Ritwik Mukherjee, Financial Chronicle

Entries are to be submitted to Corporate Affairs, CJEA, Citi India, 9th Floor, FIFC, Bandra Kurla Complex,

Bandra East, Mumbai 400 051, or e-mailed to

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