Upcoming events

    • Tuesday, November 22, 2016
    • 12:00 PM
    • Thursday, December 08, 2016
    • 7:00 PM
    • New York, NY

    SAJA members are now invited to vote online to fill seven (7) open positions on the board.

    Please read each candidates' statement and vote for the 7 candidates you would like to see on the 2017 SAJA Board.

    **Voting ends at 7pm on Thursday, December 8th, 2016**

    Note: You must be lifetime or full member of SAJA member to vote. By voting online, you are submitting a proxy ballot. 

    If you're not a member, please become one today, and receive special discounts for upcoming events and exclusive emails. 

    In person voting will occur at the annual members meeting/holiday party at Pondicheri Restaurant on December 8th in NYC. 

    To register for the general board meeting from
    6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    Click here: http://saja.org/event-2386347 

    Then come celebrate with use at our annual holiday party!
    Register here: http://saja.org/event-2382452   

    Candidates for SAJA Board 2017-2019:


    Ankita Rao
    Why do you want to join the SAJA board?

    To strengthen the voice of South Asian journalists, and give back to the organization that continues to shape support my career.
    What is your vision for SAJA 2017-2019?
    This will be a key time to strengthen the voices of diversity in media, and grow a network of journalists across the country. I'd like to foster the voices who aren't in main city centers, especially rural or exosuburban America, and help journalists make an impact from their communities.
    What role has SAJA played in your life thus far?
    SAJA is the reason I'm a journalist. The first journalists I met out of school were SAJA members and they played a crucial role in building a career -- whether it meant giving me the SAJAForum platform, or talking through big decisions at any given moment.

    Zainab Imam
    Why do you want to join the SAJA board?
    SAJA is an excellent way to bring together journalists from the region, and those not from but interested in the region. However, I feel that it's focus so far has mostly been on India. I'd like to amplify SAJA's efforts to include journalists and reporting from smaller countries in the region that often receive less attention, to truly showcase the diversity of South Asia.
    What is your vision for SAJA 2017-2019?
    By 2019, I would like SAJA to:
    - Become a resource (for information, contacts, research etc.) for non-South Asian journalists who are interested in learning about the region
    - Be recognized as a great starting-point for non-journalists, such as think-tankers, researchers, and private sector professionals, interested in information on South Asia
    What skills or resources do you bring to the board?
    -Program Management, from my current job at International Center for Journalists (ICFJ)
    -Social Media skills and reach - Editorial experience, from 5 years working as a journalist in Pakistan
    -Contacts with Washington D.C.-based print and broadcast newsrooms for tours and talks
    -Vast network of journalists in and interested Pakistan and other South Asian countries
    -Contacts with D.C. think tankers doing research on Pakistan and South Asia who can be a great resource for professional and aspiring journalists for stories, talks, context, etc.
    -Network of ICFJ Knight Fellows in Pakistan (Shaheryar Popalzai, Rahma Mian) and India (Nasr-ul-Hadi) who are doing great work with digital media and technology in their respective countries

    Prerana Thakurdesai
    Why do you want to join the SAJA Board?
    As a South-Asian whose context is primarily India and South-Asia, I, initially, struggled to find my feet in the US journalism/work circuit. I find that SAJA has been able to facilitate that much-needed platform for immigrant journalists, like me and those interested in the South-Asian region, to find that grounding amongst people from similar backgrounds and be able to practice journalism that resonates with them. It was very important for me to connect with SAJA members who have made me feel welcome in a new country. Very simply put, I’d like to join the SAJA board to be able to pay it forward. I am also seeking to better understand the South-Asian diaspora and I hope that the SAJA board will give me that opportunity.
    What is your vision for SAJA 2017-2019?
    I see SAJA as a support and training group for journalists. I would also love to explore more advocacy avenues for the practice of journalism relating to South Asia. Even more so, with reporting, world over, becoming more insular and shrinking budgets of newsrooms, SAJA could play an important role in encouraging newsrooms to looking beyond borders (and oceans!). Hard investigative pieces, for one, are good bait for any news organization.
    What role has SAJA played in your life thus far?
    Following the work of SAJA journalists and the wide range of events have certainly enriched my, still developing, understanding of a polylithic South-Asian diaspora. I’ve also found friends here whom I cherish and connect with on a deeper level. SAJA has nursed a strong need in me to be a part of a community, both professional and cultural.

    Hamdan Azhar
    Why do you want to join the SAJA board?
    Over the next few years, journalism will be more important than ever before, and it's imperative that the industry reflect the underlying diversity of America. As a professional organization connecting South Asian journalists, SAJA can play a leading role in providing both access to opportunity to young people of color and making the media more representative. We can also connect better with our communities and make sure their voices are heard. We can also reorient journalism towards its original activist mission of holding power accountable and ensuring transparency and access to information in a world focused on clicks and engagement.
    What role has SAJA played in your life thus far?
    SAJA has helped provide me a community of journalists to call my friends and bounce ideas off of. My journalist friendships that I made through SAJA have also been invaluable in supporting and encouraging the growth and development of Muslim Writers Collective over the past few years.
    What is one SAJA event or activity you would like to implement?
    I would love it if SAJA could partner with high school and college students and pair them with industry mentors to work in local investigative journalism stories. Doing is the best way of learning and there's a huge pool of talent out there that we need to reach out to and inspire about the potential of journalism to effect meaningful change and convince them that they can play a role in this process.

    Aparna Ramaswamy
    Why do you want to join the SAJA board?
    Currently exploring board opportunities that will allow me to contribute and make a meaningful impact even in a small way. The ability to further SAJA's mission by developing and advancing South Asian journalists (especially women) and amplifying their voice using this platform is of particular interest to me.
    What is your vision for SAJA 2017-2019?
    I'd want to learn more about SAJA, in particular current challenges/problems/gaps, to help inform what the next act is for SAJA and how that then translates into a specific vision and set of priorities. I would want a key focus and priority to be the development and advancement of south asian female journalists and more visible role models (gender/minority diversity gap and opportunity not just in journalism but almost every field).
    What is one SAJA event or activity you would like to implement?
    A forum to connect and develop female journalists.

    Malik Siraj Akbar
    Why do you want to join the SAJA board?
    I have been affiliated with SAJA for nearly seven years. I feel there is not enough presence of Pakistani journalists in SAJA as well as on SAJA Board. I would like to run for SAJA Board to make sure that the SAJA Board is more diverse and representative of all South Asia countries. I am an exiled journalist from Pakistan's troubled southwestern province of Balochistan which gives me unique perspectives and knowledge about challenges of press freedom, attacks on the media and journalists at risk. I can help SAJA develop resources for journalists at risk in different South Asian countries.
    What is your vision for SAJA 2017-2019?
    I would like to see SAJA become more assertive about safety issues journalists face in South Asia and provide resources, such as SAJA' s reporting fellowships, to highlight the hardships journalists face in South Asia. I would also like SAJA to award the courageous work of journalists who risk their lives in South Asia to report untold stories. I would like to make sure that SAJA remains proactive and people's go-to resource in Washington D.C. SAJA can grow as a big organization in Washington DC, where I live and work, if we devote more time and energy and organize events and workshops. I can help achieve this goal given my own involvement in numerous organizations for which I regularly organize events, podcasts and workshops in the nation's capital.
    What role has SAJA played in your life thus far?
    SAJA has helped me connect with a network of amazing South Asian journalists (and non-journalists) working in North America. It is unfortunate that one does not see many South Asians on television screens or front pages of newspapers but it does not mean that many South Asian journalists are not doing exceptional work. SAJA provides us all that platform to recognize these people's great work and also helps us all connect and network with each other.

    Nina Sen
    Why do you want to join the SAJA board?

    I'd like to get more involved in encouraging diversity, mentorship and reporting issues specific to the South Asian diaspora. I would like to be part of shaping journalism in South Asia as the region takes a real foothold in the global, scientific and service industries.
    What is your vision for SAJA 2017-2019?
    I think SAJA has done an impeccable job of hosting events, workshops, newsroom tours and managing scholarships, not to mention the annual journalism awards and dinner. I'd like to keep these things going and also represent the group at other organizations such as ONA, AAJA etc. so that we can not only collaborate but pique interest of those who need help reporting in South Asia.
    What role has SAJA played in your life thus far?
    SAJA has been a lucky break for me. Within a month of membership, I got a fellowship to Atlanta. Then, I got a mentor. And most recently, I was able to secure my first filmmaking position through a post on SAJA. It's been a greta resource and I'd like to keep the momentum going for others.

    Puthenpurackal Joseph Chandy
    Why do you want to join the SAJA board?
    Just to share a vision, and a gentle prod to make our mediapersons who are with SAJA realise that they are trailblazers to make this planet Earth a better world for all those who have not seen what God and man, disconnected from each other's Governmental control could achieve for posterity.
    What is your vision for SAJA 2017-2019?
    A more intensified search for the path to what is right, with inclusions of sexuality, moral values, and the defensive strategies that are erreranously employed to inculcate infantile self immolation, and sacrifice. because of the crying wolf- "Our religion is in danger of being exterminated."
    What is one SAJA event or activity you would like to implement?
    A get together with nascent talent, be it musical, theatrical, anecdotal, poetic, or any other prevailing scope of interest that is in vogue wouls be cool. A wine and cheese, a wine and international Tapas, a wine and Asian/russian/Bukhari Samsa session. Arab cusine, Etc. etc. Too ambitious, I guess.

    Rima Abdelkader
    Why do you want to join the SAJA board?
    Community involvement
    What is one SAJA event or activity you would like to implement?
    Monthly gratitude brunch
    What role has SAJA played in your life thus far?Journalism association

    Mohammad Imran Hossain(Imran Ansary)
    What is your vision for SAJA 2017-2019?
    I think SAJA will think about victim journalists from South Asia. Support those journalists who are passing their life under fear.
    What role has SAJA played in your life thus far?
    I think SAJA is a south Asian Journalist Platform. As a Member of this organization I feel myself very strength . I never feel I am alone in this country.
    What is one event or activity you would like SAJA to implement?
    Event Facilitating, social media promotion, video recording and upload youtube etc...

    • Thursday, December 08, 2016
    • 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    • Pondicheri, 15 W 27th St, New York, NY 10001
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    The South Asian Journalists Association is hosting it's general board meeting on Thursday December 8th, 2016 at Pondicheri Restaurant in New York.

    We'll spend the hour discussing our overall year, ideas for the next year, and -most importantly- we will vote for our next national board members. 

    Then we will announce the election results and celebrate with our annual holiday party!

    To attend the general board meeting you must:

    Are you interested in becoming a national board member of SAJA? Apply here by November 18th
    • Thursday, December 08, 2016
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Pondicheri 15 W 27th St, New York, NY 10001
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    You are cordially invited to join us for our annual holiday party!

    It's time to celebrate a long productive year! We are hosting our annual holiday party at Pondicheri restaurant in New York!

    Come join us for food and drink! Bring friends, meet other journalists and media professionals!

    When: Thursday December 8, 2016
    Time: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

    Where: Pondicheri, 15 W 27th St, New York, N.Y. 

    Why: It's time to celebrate our year and to connect with our members.


    SAJA Members: $15

    Non-SAJA Members: $20

    At the door: $25

Past events

Wednesday, November 02, 2016 Conversation & Cocktails: Monica Bhide
Thursday, October 06, 2016 Time Inc. Mixer and Panel Discussion: Election 2016
Thursday, September 29, 2016 Boyhoods: Hirsh Sawhney and Akhil Sharma in conversation with Mythili Rao
Monday, September 26, 2016 Book Event: "Six Degrees of Education" - Changing Careers and More.
Saturday, July 16, 2016 SAJA 2016 Journalism Awards Dinner
Wednesday, June 15, 2016 SAJA Iftar 2016
Thursday, May 05, 2016 SAJA Visits Dow Jones/Wall Street Journal
Tuesday, February 23, 2016 Get your Profile Reviewed by Contently
Tuesday, January 19, 2016 Anjan Sundaram's "Bad News"
Tuesday, December 08, 2015 SAJA Holiday Party with Celebrity Chef Vikas Khanna
Monday, November 30, 2015 SAJA Elections 2016
Tuesday, November 17, 2015 SAJA Resume Critique Session
Friday, November 06, 2015 SAJA EXCLUSIVE Access inside Bloomberg News
Saturday, October 03, 2015 2015 SAJA Gala & Awards Ceremony
Wednesday, June 24, 2015 SAJA 2015 Iftar
Sunday, June 07, 2015 Help Us Find Sunil Tripathi - screening and discussion
Friday, April 10, 2015 SAJA Bollywood-style Workout & Mixer with Doonya
Wednesday, April 08, 2015 SAJA Panel Discussion on Entrepreneurial Journalism
Tuesday, March 31, 2015 NYC PANEL EVENT: Q+A with CBS News Executives
Monday, March 16, 2015 Red Bangle Award Ceremony
Friday, March 06, 2015 TDas Awards at Metropolitan Museum
Monday, February 23, 2015 Meet Author Mohsin Hamid (Discount for SAJA members)
Saturday, January 31, 2015 SAJA Panel - On-Camera: South Asian Women Reporters
Friday, January 30, 2015 Serial: What Rabia Chaudry Knows
Friday, December 12, 2014 SAJA Holiday Party, Annual Members Meeting, & Election with Aasif Mandvi.
Monday, December 01, 2014 SAJA Elections 2015-2016
Saturday, October 11, 2014 2014 SAJA Convention
Thursday, September 25, 2014 SAJA Reporting Panel @ The New York Times
Tuesday, July 08, 2014 SAJA Ifthar - 2014
Monday, May 12, 2014 The True American at Asia Society
Friday, May 02, 2014 SAJA Comes to Bloomberg News
Thursday, April 03, 2014 SAJA Online Writing Workshop @CNN NY
Thursday, April 03, 2014 SAJA Boston Happy Hour
Thursday, March 06, 2014 All You Need to Know About the NY Health Insurance Exchange
Tuesday, February 25, 2014 All You Need to Know About the NY Health Insurance Exchange
Tuesday, February 04, 2014 "India's Vote" Discussion With SAJA & Asia Society
Thursday, January 16, 2014 SAJA-NYC: Desis, South Asians and the Rest of Them
Thursday, December 05, 2013 SAJA-NYC: Annual Members Meeting, Election & Holiday Party
Thursday, December 05, 2013 SAJA-DC: Holiday Party
Wednesday, November 20, 2013 SAJA Comes to CNN NY
Sunday, November 17, 2013 SAJA Board Elections 2014-15
Saturday, October 26, 2013 Exploring Journalism's New Frontiers
Thursday, October 17, 2013 SAJA Comes to CNN D.C. (Students Only)
Saturday, October 05, 2013 2013 SAJA Awards Dinner and Gala
Thursday, September 26, 2013 SAJA Comes to CBS News
Thursday, September 12, 2013 SAJA/Imran Qureshi's Exhibit@MET Museum
Thursday, September 05, 2013 SAJA D.C. Happy Hour
Friday, August 23, 2013 SAJA/AAJA Career Fair & Expo - Friday Aug 23
Wednesday, June 19, 2013 SAJA Summer Mixer
Friday, May 31, 2013 SAJA Comes to ABC News
Wednesday, May 15, 2013 SAJA D.C. Spring Mixer
Thursday, April 18, 2013 SAJA Comes to Bloomberg News
Tuesday, April 09, 2013 SAJA & Contently's Portfolio Review for Freelance Writers & Bloggers
Sunday, April 07, 2013 SAJA 2013 Internship Fund
Tuesday, March 26, 2013 SAJA/AAJA/APEX March Mixer
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 SAJA Mid-Winter Media Mixer with the Deadline Club
Thursday, February 07, 2013 "Meet the 2013 SAJA Board Mixer" in NYC on Thursday Feb 7th
Sunday, February 03, 2013 SAJA-SAMMA Super Bowl Webcast
Tuesday, January 29, 2013 A Conversation With ANG LEE AND DAVID MAGEE
Monday, December 17, 2012 SAJA-DC: Holiday Party & Meet Your Board
Tuesday, December 04, 2012 SAJA Holiday Party
Tuesday, November 27, 2012 SAJA@Work: Dow Jones/The Wall Street Journal
Sunday, November 18, 2012 SAJA Board Elections 2013-14
Wednesday, October 24, 2012 SAJA Mentoring/Resume Critique
Thursday, October 04, 2012 An evening with Tarun Tejpal, author of "The Story of my Assassins"
Tuesday, October 02, 2012 A panel discussion on Supply and Demand: Migration, Trafficking and the Private Sector
Saturday, July 14, 2012 2012 SAJA Awards Dinner and Gala: Complimentary Registration
Saturday, July 14, 2012 2012 SAJA Awards Dinner and Gala
Saturday, June 23, 2012 SAJA-DC: Happy Hour
Thursday, June 07, 2012 SAJA-NYC: Book Launch and Talk with Vijay Prashad
Sunday, June 03, 2012 SAJA 2012 Internship Fund
Saturday, June 02, 2012 SAJA-Atlanta: Panel/Mixer @CNN Center
Monday, May 21, 2012 SAJA-Boston: Mixer with JAWS
Thursday, May 10, 2012 SAJA-TO: Rebranding Ethnic Conflict: Sri Lanka 2009
Wednesday, May 09, 2012 SAJA-TO: Samadhana 2012
Monday, April 30, 2012 Producing Bollywood: Inside the Contemporary Hindi Film Industry with Tejaswini Ganti
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 SAJA-DC: Happy Hour
Tuesday, April 10, 2012 SAJA-NYC: Reception for Pakistani/Pakistani-American Journalists
Sunday, April 08, 2012 2012 SAJA JOURNALISM AWARDS
Sunday, April 01, 2012 SAJA-SF: Meetup and Mixer
Sunday, April 01, 2012 SAJA-SF: Social Media One-Night Stand presented by Columbia Journalism Continuing Education
Tuesday, March 27, 2012 SAJA-NYC: Advanced Social Media Workshop for Journalists and Professionals
Thursday, March 22, 2012 SAJA-NYC: Meet the Board Mixer
Thursday, March 22, 2012 SAJA-DC: Book Reading and Chat // “Instant City: Life and Death in Karachi” with NPR’s Steve Inskeep
Thursday, March 22, 2012 SAJA-NYC: SAJA@Work with Bloomberg News
Sunday, March 18, 2012 SAJA-TO: Meetup with Journalist Salil Tripathi
Thursday, March 15, 2012 Co-sponsored by SAJA-NYC: A Conversation with Akash Kapur at the Asia Society
Friday, March 09, 2012 SAJA-NYC: Book Launch // "Beautiful Thing: Inside the Secret World of Bombay's Dance Bars" with Sonia Faleiro
Wednesday, March 07, 2012 SAJA-NYC: India Trailer // A Talk by Mumbai Film Curator and Journalist Meenakshi Shedde
Wednesday, February 29, 2012 View from the Top: Senior editors discuss today's journalism
Wednesday, February 15, 2012 "Love, Inshallah" - A Discussion with the Creators and Writers
Wednesday, January 25, 2012 @NYTIndia: Behind the Scenes with India Ink
Thursday, January 19, 2012 THE GIRL IN THE GARDEN
Tuesday, December 13, 2011 SAJA at the MET: Gallery Tour and Panel Discussion
Thursday, December 08, 2011 SAJA Holiday Party
Tuesday, November 29, 2011 SAJA @ Work : DJ/WSJ
Sunday, November 13, 2011 SAJA Board Elections 2012-13
Thursday, November 03, 2011 SAJA Boston Happy Hour Nov. 3
Thursday, November 03, 2011 SAJA NYC Happy Hour Nov. 3
Thursday, November 03, 2011 SAJA DC Happy Hour Nov. 3
Friday, October 14, 2011 Meet Imran Khan & Bobby Ghosh
Saturday, June 18, 2011 SAJA Convention & Gala - Recruiter Registration
Friday, June 17, 2011 SAJA Convention & Awards Gala - Comp Registration
Friday, June 17, 2011 SAJA Convention & Awards Gala
Friday, March 25, 2011 BOOK CONVERSATION: "Geek Nation: How Indian Science is Taking Over the World"
Thursday, March 17, 2011 WEBCASTS WITH STARS OF NBC "OUTSOURCED" + REALITY TV 3pm EST 3/17/2011
Thursday, March 03, 2011 SAJA NYC Mixer Thurs March 3rd
Tuesday, February 22, 2011 WEBCAST: New Yorker's Jon Lee Anderson on SAJA Lanka Briefing #5: 9-9:45 a.m EST
Thursday, February 10, 2011 WEBCAST: Parag Khanna on "How to Rule the World
Tuesday, February 08, 2011 WEBCAST: Desis & the Grammys
Sunday, February 06, 2011 WEBCAST: SAJA Super Bowl Sunday

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