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THANK YOU, EVERYONE!
SAJA would like to thank all our speakers, editors, attendees and sponsors for making #SAJA25 a resounding success. We are so thrilled to see the South Asian journalism community come together as a family to celebrate 25 years of SAJA. It was a time for all of us to learn so much and have fun while doing that. A big round of applause for the winners of SAJA Journalism Awards. Check out our livestreams on this facebook page and photos from the day here.
Here's to many more achievements and celebrations, together!
A message from Prerana Thakurdesai
We are SAJA's current president and first president respectively, and represent SAJA's incredible timeline over the last quarter-century. We are honored to have served the organization at two critical junctures in its history. Sree at the founding and Prerana now as we set the stage for the next 25 years.
We are writing after a weekend we spent celebrating journalism in all its forms and the goals of SAJA at #SAJA25 Conference and Awards Gala (held at the Craig Newmark School of Journalism and WeWork Bryant Park in NYC). We had a media-who's-who in attendance and the energy, enthusiasm and knowledge-sharing were contagious.
Please take a look at the #SAJA25 hashtag and the digital version of the printed programs - the conference and the gala - and you will come away impressed not just by how strong the programming is, but also how many South Asians there are in senior positions across the U.S. We hope you will also be impressed by the fact that SAJA does its work with ZERO paid staff and the best board and volunteers in the land.
Thanks to our members and friends, we have given away more than $600,000 in scholarships, fellowships and awards. But there's so much more we have to do. Young South Asians are looking to us for help getting scholarships and training opportunities. Mid-career journalists want to do fellowships to improve coverage of South Asia and the diaspora. Journalism is under fire on multiple continents.
We want SAJA to be there for all these needs over the next few years and so are building an endowment. For that, we hope to raise $250,000 by Dec. 31, 2019.
We have an exciting 2:1 matching going on from now to 11:59 pm PST, December 31, 2019. To participate, you can just donate any amount at http://saja.org/donate or you can pledge to firstname.lastname@example.org and CC email@example.com before the deadline. Then you have till Dec. 31 to pay.
We would love for you to help out SAJA in one of three ways:
Thank you, thank you, thank you!
FIVE SAJA board member positions will become open for the two-year term of 2020-2021.
To contest, candidates must be a Full Member of SAJA. Only Full Members are eligible to contest for a position the board. Associate Members and Student Members are NOT eligible to contest. All Full Members are encouraged to consider running.
Those who have a strong interest in journalism and coverage of South Asia(n)issues are urged to consider running for the election. Important requirements for serving on the board are a spirit of teamwork, leadership and the commitment of at least 3-5 hours each week on activities ranging from organizing events to judging applications for awards and scholarships.
Board members elected by the board to serve as part of SAJA’s Executive Committee (i.e., president, vice president, secretary, treasurer and member-at-large) may be required to contribute more time and effort in discharging their responsibilities. Board members serve as volunteers, without compensation.
All board members will be required to attend (preferably in person; if not, by phone) four to six board meetings held throughout the year. Board meetings last anywhere from an hour to several hours, depending on the agenda items for each meeting.
To run for a position on the board:
Each candidate must complete this form that will be made public and available to all SAJA members.
The completed form must be submitted by 11:59pm (EST) on Friday, November 15th, 2019.
For questions about running or serving on the board, how the board works, and what board members are called upon to do please reach out to SAJA's Sovy Azhath - firstname.lastname@example.org
Following the receipt of candidates’ statements by November 15th, the statements will be posted online and votes gathered through online voting and in-person voting at SAJA’s annual members’ meeting to be held in December. Candidates who win the largest number of votes will be ranked in order to fill the open positions, with the election results announced at the annual meeting.
The new board hopes you will get involved with SAJA activities in 2019. As always, please send ideas, tips, and suggestions to email@example.com.
Board Members: http://saja.org/board
Facebook page for Students: www.facebook.com/SAJAStudents