Now open: 2018 SAJA Journalism Awards! 

Deadline to send entries: August 15, 2018

SAJA is now accepting entries for our 2018 Journalism Awards that recognize excellence in reporting on South Asia and the South Asian diaspora worldwide. This year, SAJA will accept entries for 9 categories, including one category specifically for student journalists.

Entries must have been published between January 1 and December 31, 2017. Please scroll to the end for detailed eligibility criteria. We are only accepting work published in U.S. and Canada-based media organizations, and the submission fee is:

Students – USD15

Freelancers – USD25

Organizations – USD75

Past board members who have not served since 2016 are eligible to apply. Please send in your entries by August 15, 2018.

Award winners will be honored in a ceremony on Saturday, October 6, 2018, at the National Press Club in Washington, DC. You can see a list of winners from previous years here and more information about the awards here: http://www.saja.org/awards

The categories and application instructions are: 

1. The Daniel Pearl Award for outstanding reporting about South Asia – All media

Established in honor of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl, who was killed while reporting in Pakistan, this award recognizes outstanding in-depth reporting that exhibits the kind of courage and integrity that Pearl embodied in his work. Apply here.

2. Outstanding enterprise reporting about South Asia or the worldwide South Asian diaspora: All media

This award recognizes outstanding original reporting – including explanatory and investigative journalism – helping explain a significant and complex subject on any topic relating to South Asia. The reporting can be a single article or a series on a specific topic. Apply here.

3. Outstanding business story about South Asia, or the worldwide South Asian diaspora: All media

This award recognizes outstanding news, feature or explanatory reporting in business and economics. Apply here.

4. Outstanding arts, culture, and lifestyle reporting about South Asia, or the worldwide South Asian diaspora: All media

This award recognizes outstanding reporting about arts, culture or lifestyle. Apply here.

5. Outstanding piece of non-fiction writing about South Asia, or the worldwide South Asians diaspora: All media

This award recognizes outstanding creative writing, use of language, quality of articulation and coherence that covers news, sports, business, entertainment or any other aspect relating to South Asia or South Asians. Apply here.

6. Outstanding multimedia story about South Asia, or the worldwide South Asian diaspora (includes video stories, audio slideshows, interactive graphics)

This award recognizes outstanding multimedia storytelling that uses video, audio slideshows, and interactive graphics, virtual reality (VR) or journalistic documentary. Apply here.

7. Outstanding photography about South Asia, or the worldwide South Asian diaspora:

This award is meant to recognize outstanding feature or breaking news photography in black and white or color. Apply here.

CATEGORIES FOR SOUTH ASIAN JOURNALISTS WORKING IN NORTH AMERICA

8. Outstanding story on any subject: All media

This award recognizes outstanding reporting on any subject and in any medium. Apply here.

CATEGORY FOR SOUTH ASIAN STUDENTS IN U.S.A OR CANADA

 9. Outstanding story on any subject by a South Asian student in the US or Canada: All media

This award recognizes outstanding reporting on any subject by a South Asian student studying in North America. Reporting can be in any field or medium. Note: This category is for students of South Asian origin studying in North America. Apply here.

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

The submitted piece(s) of work must have:

  • Appeared in a North American (US and Canadian) news outlet between January 1, 2017, and December 31, 2017. Work published in a South Asian publication is not eligible for entry.
  • Covered or focused on an issue affecting one or more South Asian countries or the South Asian worldwide diaspora.
  • Been produced by a journalist of South Asian origin based anywhere in the world but reporting for a North American outlet, OR a journalist of non-South Asian origin based anywhere in the world who has reported in or about South Asia for a North American outlet.
Other criteria:
  • Awards are open to all US and Canadian media: national newspapers/TV channels, local/regional newspapers/TV channels, news and features websites, and other online platforms that do not include personal blogs.
  • Freelancers and journalists employed by newsrooms are eligible to apply by submitting a story published in a North American publication.
  • Individuals may submit entries or organizations may enter the contest on behalf of their journalist.
  • Multiple entries may be made. However, the same entry cannot be submitted in different categories.
  • Former SAJA board members are eligible to apply but they must not have served on the board since past two years.

Note: The countries that we consider as part of "South Asia" are India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bangladesh, Maldives, Bhutan and Afghanistan.


Check out images from the 2017 awards ceremony!

All images courtesy of Jay Mandal/On Assignment

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