Five SAJA board member positions will be open for the two-year term of 2020-2021.  Voting is currently open and final results will be announced at the SAJA annual holiday party on the Friday, December 13th.

We will be electing a new President, Vice President and four other positions for this term. Please read each candidates' statement and vote for the candidates you would like to see on the SAJA Board. 

Come join us for the Holiday party on and celebrate with our members.

Date & Time: Friday December 13th; 6:30 PM

Location: Pondicheri Restaurant, 15 West 27th Street

Note: You must be full member (or lifetime member) of SAJA to vote. By voting online, you are submitting a proxy ballot. If you're not a member, please become one today by clicking here, and receive special discounts for upcoming events and opportunities.

You must be logged in to your SAJA account to vote. Only FULL members can vote. If you're having trouble with your membership, write to SAJA Secretary Nina Sen at All other election-related questions, please direct to board member Sovy Azhath at

Click the blue button above to vote. Once you are taken to the website, please select REGISTER to begin the voting process.

You can select up to FIVE of the candidates. More than five and your vote will be null and void.

Online voting ends Dec. 13, 2019 at 6: 00 PM

Candidates statements are here.

Photo credit: Jay Mandal/On Assignment

THANK YOU, EVERYONE! SAJA would like to thank all our speakerseditors, 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 

Sree Sreenivasan

Dear SAJA members and friends:

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 or you can pledge to and CC 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:

  1. Make a pledge or a donation as described above.
  2. Become a member - you don't have to be a journalist or a South Asian to do so.
  3. Send us ideas on programming, partnerships, sponsorships and more for 2020 to  

Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Prerana and Sree

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