SAJA 2016 Journalism Awards Dinner

  • Saturday, July 16, 2016
  • 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  • National Press Club, 529 14th Street NW, Washington, DC 20045
  • 50


  • Full SAJA Members
  • Dinner tickets for non-SAJA Members
  • Dinner ticket for SAJA student members

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Come celebrate the talented journalists we are honoring this year from around the country!

This year we are hosting our annual journalism awards dinner at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.


NON-MEMBERS: $135.00


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We are thrilled to present out panelists & moderator for the 2016 Awards Dinner.

Diversity in the Media: What's next?
Journalists from all walks of life have been talking about the importance of diversity in the media- it's beginning to sound like a broken record. So now what? In the wake of movements like Black Lives Matter and Dreamers - and on the precipice of an election that's shown a racially-fragmented America, what can newsrooms really do to improve diversity? What are journalists and media heads actually doing to make America's newsrooms look more like America? Are there newsrooms that are getting it right? Will the advances in social and digital media step up and fill this gap in diversity? Our panelists will discuss the next chapter of diversity in the media.

Swati Sharma

Swati is The Washington Post’s Deputy General Assignment  Editor, focusing on audience engagement and breaking news. Previously, she was The Post's Foreign Digital Editor, coordinating cross-departmental efforts to maximize the speed, reach and visual impact of international coverage. She was formerly at the Boston Globe, where she covered nightlife, hyperlocal news and coordinated the live blog coverage of the Boston Marathon bombing, which was cited in the Globe’s Pulitzer Prize for breaking news. Swati loves to travel, speaks Hindi and is a voracious consumer of international news – as well as a passionate fan of Indian cinema. She grew up in northern California and is a graduate of Northeastern University.


S. Mitra Kalita

S. Mitra Kalita is the vice president for programming at CNN Digital. She was previously managing editor for editorial strategy at the Los Angeles Times. During her year there, she helped traffic soar to nearly 60 million uniques monthly, innovated new forms of storytelling and audience engagement, and connected the Times to new communities via events, new beats, translations and partnerships. She served as the executive editor (at large) for Quartz, Atlantic Media’s global economy site, and was its founding ideas editor. She also oversaw the launches of Quartz India and Quartz Africa. She worked previously at the Wall Street Journal, where she directed coverage of the Great Recession, launched a local news section for New York City and reported on the housing crisis as a senior writer. She was a founding editor of Mint, a business paper in New Delhi, and has previously worked for the Washington Post, Newsday and the Associated Press. She has taught journalism at St. John’s, UMass-Amherst, and Columbia Jschool, and previously served as president of the South Asian Journalists Association. Born in Brooklyn, Mitra was raised in Long Island, Puerto Rico and New Jersey—with regular trips to her grandparents’ villages in Assam, India.

Tasneem Raja

Tasneem is the Senior Editor, NPR's Code Switch where she edits long essays about uncomfortable issues: race, ethnicity, and identity. Formerly Tasneem led the data journalism team at Mother Jones, and spoke regularly at fancy conferences about how small, lean newsroom teams can punch way above their weight. Even more formerly she was a long-form features writer on staff at the Chicago Reader. She is the author of the essay Is Coding The New Literacy? (Mother Jones, 2014), hailed as required reading on the future of programming.

Our moderator: John Ketchum

John Ketchum works on the social media team at CNN. Before that he was at the Center for Public Integrity, an investigative news outlet based in Washington, DC. While at CPI, John ran the center’s social media accounts and was responsible for the organization’s overall audience engagement strategy. Before coming to CPI John worked as a producer for NPR’s Morning Edition. Prior to NPR, John helped launch the Wealth and Poverty desk at Marketplace, the public radio program covering business and the economy.

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