SAJA Resume Critique Session

  • Tuesday, November 17, 2015
  • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  • CUNY Graduate School of Journalism 219 W 40th St (Btw 8th & 7th Ave), New York, NY 10018




SAJA offers a unique opportunity for mid career journalists, entry level journalists and students to have their resumes/cover letters/reels critiqued by senior journalists and recruiters.

This career development event will be held at the CUNY Graduate Journalism School on Tuesday Nov 17th from 6-9pm.

Please bring your resumes, cover letters, and reporter reels! 

Pizzas and sodas will be served!

Any questions - please reach out to SAJA board members Sovy Azhath - and Divya Singaravelu -

Below are the 4 confirmed mentors with their career bio. 

Talia Williams (CNN Recruiter)

Talia Williams is Manager of the Talent Acquisition team that recruits for more than a dozen businesses within CNN Worldwide. She comes to recruiting after decade as a Producer at NBC, the Fox Business Network and most recently as a Senior Producer at HLN in Atlanta. Talia has West Coast roots and is a Broadcast Journalism graduate of the University of Southern California. Talia and her family live in New York City. You can find her team @CNNRecruiters on Twitter or look for the CNN Careers page on Facebook.

Chitra Nawbatt (Reuters Anchor/Producer)

Chitra Nawbatt is an Anchor/Producer for Reuters International TV based in New York, New York. She covers the U.S. and global economy and markets, as well as interviews CEOs, business and political leaders. Chitra is also a writer, researcher and booker for news and interview segments. Previously, Chitra has been an Anchor/Correspondent/Producer for Canada’s largest network CTV/Business News Network, also based in New York, as well as Huffington Post, Uptown and other media platforms. 

 Prior to her career in broadcast television and digital media, Chitra worked for Deutsche Bank as a Chief Administrative Officer and in the areas of Global Banking, Regional Management and Finance. Chitra was also with CIBC in Risk Management and Ernst & Young in Advisory and Assurance.

 Chitra has her Certified Public Accountant designation and was educated at Harvard Business School, Harvard University and Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto.

 You can reach her on twitter @chitranawbatt.

Poh Si Teng- (HBO's VICE Producer/Previous NY Times Video Journalist) 

Poh Si Teng is a producer for VICE on HBO. She was previously a video journalist for the New York Times, where she produced and shot documentaries and news, mainly about people with power versus those without.

Her stories this past year include ISIS sympathizers trying to lure a lonely, young American woman, the organized movement to document the police after the death of Freddie Gray, and Syrian militant recruitment in Malaysia.

Before being based in New York, Poh lived in New Delhi and covered India extensively for four years. Her stories there ranged from the country’s illegal small arms trade, $2 billion-health fund scandal and the 2011 deadly bomb blasts in New Delhi. She also produced and shot two Times documentaries, one on the 2014 Indian elections and another on sexual harassment in public spaces following the brutal Delhi gang rape.

Born and raised in Penang, Malaysia, she now lives in Brooklyn.

Anusha Shrivastava - (Career Management officer at Columbia University's Graduate School of Arts & Sciences)

Anusha Shrivastava is the career management officer at the Department of Statistics at Columbia University's Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. She edits resumes and cover letters and trains students in getting jobs by conducting workshops and panels. 

  For over two years, she was part of the career services team at the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia, where she helped organize the largest journalism career fair in the country, edited resumes and cover letters, conducted mock interview sessions and visited newsrooms. 

  Prior to this, for over 20 years, she was a business reporter in television, print and newswires in the U.S., Canada and India. Most recently, she was at The Wall Street Journal/Dow Jones in New York, where she covered global foreign exchange and credit markets. She also blogged for The Juggle at WSJ. Previously, she was an on-air reporter for BBC World's 'India Business Report" in New Delhi and the web editor at The Globe and Mail in Toronto. She's also worked at The Associated Press in NYC, The Hartford Business Journal in Hartford and The Republican American in Waterbury. She's written a paid column on parenting for Mantram, a magazine targeted at South Asian professionals in the U.S. and is the co-author of 'Comparative Government and Politics', a book used by undergraduate students.

Shrivastava is a lifetime member of SAJA and served as its president in 2012. 

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