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  • Thursday, November 14, 2013 3:20 AM | Sovy Azhath (Administrator)
    Thank you to those of you who were able to make it to our annual Gala and Awards dinner last month!

    It was a very special night at the Yale Club in New York City, where we honored journalists from around the world for their outstanding commitment to the craft and their abilities to cover the South Asian diaspora.

    Our keynote speaker, Soledad O'Brien, gave a humbling speech about her biracial background and how her roots from a multicultural family strengthened her drive in the broadcast profession.

    Our emcee for the evening was ESPN's Kevin Negandhi, who kept us laughing and energized throughout the night. He reminded all of the guests at the gala that we were South Asians pursuing our journalism careers, and that's a trait worth celebrating.

    Among our talented group of award presenters was Dr. Prabhjot Singh, a professor at Columbia University and a practicing physician in Harlem, who was attacked by a group of young men in September. The N.Y.P.D are classifying Dr. Singh's attack as a hate crime. Last year, Dr. Singh wrote an op-ed in The New York Times about the city's methods for tracking hate crimes. After the attack, Dr. Singh was quick to focus the media attention on the community. At SAJA, he spoke about his hopes to create a neighborhood where young people do not have to turn to violence, or hate-driven acts, and instead, have a healthy understanding of various cultures and religions.

    We were also fortunate to have Miss America 2014, Nina Davuluri present our award for "Outstanding Feature Story About South Asia, or the Worldwide South Asian Diaspora." Davuluri, who was the first South Asian-American crowned the Miss America title in September spoke about her year-long platform celebrating diversity and cultural competency. She also spoke about how her process to become the next Miss America was one that required breaking down walls and stereotypes within the South Asian community.

    For more details on this year's Gala and Awards Dinner, please visit the SAJA's blog, SAJAForum, where we have exclusive Q&A's with some of our speakers and presenters, and created a social media wrap up of the evening!

    To see the winners from this year's Gala and Awards Dinner click here: SAJA Awards page.

    We would also like to thank our corporate sponsors for their help and support during our annual awards event:

    Dow Jones/Wall Street Journal
    Bloomberg News
    CNN
    NBC News
    CBS News
    Al Jazeera America
    The New York Times
    The New York Daily News
    The New York Association of Black Journalists
    Citibank
  • Thursday, November 14, 2013 3:18 AM | Sovy Azhath (Administrator)
    SAJA Annual Members Meeting, Board Election & Holiday Party

    Save-the-date: Thursday December 5

    On Thursday December 5, 2013 at 6:30 PM EST, SAJA will hold its annual members meeting and board elections in New York City.

    Voting will be conducted in person at the annual meeting and based on online proxy ballots which can be cast from November 18 through 3 PM EST on December 5, 2013.

    Our annual holiday parties will follow in New York City and Washington DC.

    Four SAJA board member positions will be open for the two-year term of 2014-2015. To contest, a statement of intent must be submitted by each candidate by midnight (EST) on November 15, 2013.

    Board Eligibility & Guidelines:
    Only Full Members are eligible to contest for a position the board. Associate Members and Student Members are NOT eligible to contest. All Full Members are encouraged to consider running. Those who have a strong interest in journalism and coverage of South Asia(n) issues are urged to consider running for the election. Important requirements for serving on the board are a spirit of teamwork, leadership and the commitment of at least 3-5 hours each week on activities ranging from organizing events to judging applications for awards and scholarships. Prospective board members should also expect to assist with and be available for the 2014 SAJA Convention & Dinner planned on August 1 & 2 in New York City.

    To run for a position on the board, each candidate must submit a 250-word statement that will be made public and available to all SAJA members.

    Statements of intent must be submitted by midnight on November 15 (EST) by email to SAJA Officer-at-Large Amita Parashar Kelly at amita.parashar@gmail.com, with the subject line: “SAJA 2013 ELECTION [LASTNAME]”

    Candidates must include the full name, current snail mail address, e-mail address and phone number.

    For questions about running or serving on the board, please reach out to SAJA Officer-at-Large Amita Parashar Kelly at amita.parashar@gmail.com or SAJA Vice President Sharaf Mowjood vp@saja.org.

    HOLIDAY PARTY
    Immediately following annual meeting and election results announcement, members and friends of SAJA are invited to meet with fellow SAJA members and supporters at an annual holiday party in New York City or Washington DC. Stay tuned for location and RSVP information.
  • Thursday, September 12, 2013 12:24 AM | Sovy Azhath (Administrator)
    SAJA Annual Gala and Awards Dinner

    Hurry and purchase your tickets to SAJA's Annual Gala and Awards Dinner in New York City on October 5th! Our 'Early Bird' prices will end on September 8th! So get your tickets now while they are still on sale!

    Until September 8th
    Student Members (first 20 members): $100
    SAJA Members: $200
    Non-Members: $250

    On October 5th, 2013 please join us for our annual awards dinner and gala at The Yale Club as we honor and recognize excellence in journalism coverage of South Asia as well as outstanding reporting by South Asian journalists.

    This will be a fantastic opportunity to network with fellow SAJA members, other reporters, editors and producers from reputable media outlets such as: CNN, CBS News, Al Jazeera America, Dow Jones/The Wall Street Journal, ESPN, NBC News, and The New York Times to name a few!


    ESPN's Kevin Negandhi and Emmy award-winning journalist Soledad O'Brien will be joining SAJA for their annual Awards Dinner and Gala

    SAJA friend and supporter Soledad O'Brien will be our keynote speaker for the evening. Emmy-award winning O'Brien recently signed on with Al Jazeera America's evening news program America Tonight as a special correspondent. Kevin Negandhi of ESPN's SportsCenter, and a SAJA friend and member, will be the emcee for the evening.

    Regular Ticket Prices (After September 8th):
    Student Members: $125
    SAJA Members: $250
    Non-Members: $300

    Is your news organization or media company is interested in purchasing a corporate table? It will include 10 Tickets and a special recognition by SAJA!

    Corporate Tables: $2,500/table (10 tickets) Companies interested in paying for their corporate table by check can make their check payable to: SAJA Group Inc. and please mail their check to:
    John Laxmi
    SAJA Treasurer
    17 Cotswood Road, Greenwich, C.T. 06830

    **Tickets are only available until September 30, 2013!**

    There will be no onsite registration, so secure your seats today!

    Please note: Tickets are non-refundable.



    SAJA @The Metropolitan Museum of Art


    SAJA will be hosting a special, free lecture and exhibit with SAJA friend and artist, Imran Qureshi, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. Get a chance to walk through the Islamic Art Exhibit where Qureshi's current gallery of Indian Moghul artwork is on display. Then mingle and network with the artist himself and fellow SAJA members at the museum's beautiful rooftop garden.

    This is an exclusive event for SAJA members.

    Registration Mandatory
    Please register here!

    WHERE: Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 5th Ave (Corner of East 82nd Street) New York, N.Y.
    WHEN: Thursday, September 12, 2013
    Time: 6:30 P.M. - 9:00 P.M.

    Any questions, contact SAJA Vice President Sharaf Mowjood: vp [at] saja.org


    The rooftop garden of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City



    SAJA & SLWB Press Freedom Lecture

    SAJA's Toronto group and Sri Lankans Without Borders present the Lasantha Wickrematunge Memorial Lecture in support of press freedom and human rights.

    Lasantha Wickrematunge was the founder and editor of Sri Lanka's Sunday Leader newspaper. Wickrematunge was known to be extreamely vocal about government corruption, and was gunned down on January 8, 2009 in a Colombo suburb.

    The program will consist of Q&A's, discussions and a reception with: Sonali Samrasinghe, J.S. Tissainayagam, Stewart Bell, Sanjana Hattotuwa and more!

    WHEN: Saturday, September 21th, 2013
    WHERE: Ryerson University, 350 Victoria Street, Toronto, Ontario, M5B 2K3
    Time: 12:00 P.M. - 5:00 P.M.

    More information here: https://www.facebook.com/events/543958668991938/



    SAJA Comes To CBS News!

    Here's a chance to get an exclusive behind the scenes look at CBS News!

    Join fellow SAJA members as CBS News producers will give us a newsroom tour around the CBS studios. This event is free for SAJA members!

    We will then watch the live national newscast of "CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley" from the control room and studio.
    5:30 P.M. - Registration/Security
    5:45 P.M. - 6:30 P.M. - Newsroom & Studio Tour
    6:30 P.M. - 7:00 P.M. - Watch Scott Pelley host his live telecast of "CBS Evening News"
    7:00 P.M. - 7:30 P.M. - Q&A with CBS recruiters, producers and talents

    WHEN: Thursday, September 26th, 2013
    WHERE: CBS Broadcast Center, 530 West 57th Street (between 10th & 11th Ave.) New York, N.Y. 10019
    Time: 5:30 P.M. - 7:30 P.M. (Please arrive promptly!)

    Registration is mandatory!
    Register before opening slots fill up! Please register here!

    SAJA Members: Free!
    Non-Members: $10

    Questions? Please contact SAJA President: Sovy Azhath - president [at] saja.org



    Students Only: SAJA Comes To CNN in D.C. In October!
    Students!
    Here's a great way to get an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of the political headquarters at the CNN D.C. Bureau. Take a tour around the studios and watch how CNN reporters and producers report the day's top stories. And get a chance to talk to speak with CNN D.C. producers and on-air correspondents in an exclusive Q&A.

    This event is open to 11 STUDENTS ONLY! So please sign up today before all slots are filled!

    WHEN: Thursday, October 17th, 2013

    WHERE: CNN - Washington DC Bureau

    Register for this FREE event here!

    More details coming soon!

    Any questions, please contact: CNN D.C. Producer: Pallavi Reddy - pallavi.reddy [at] turner.com or SAJA Secretary: Shefali Kulkarni - secretary [at] saja.org
  • Monday, September 09, 2013 7:02 PM | Sovy Azhath (Administrator)
    NEW YORK - The South Asian Journalists Association ( SAJA) and SAJA Group Inc. are pleased to announce the finalists in its annual journalism awards contest.

    Finalists for the SAJA 2013 Journalism Awards for work published in 2012 include journalism pieces published in
    The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, and The Atlantic, among others.

    This year, SAJA received more than 115 entries in 9 categories. Finalists were selected by nine different judges who are reporters, editors and writers from around the United States. The winners will be announced at
    SAJA's 19th Annual Awards Gala on Saturday, October 5, 2013 at the Yale Club in New York City.

    Each award winner will receive a certificate and the student winners will receive an additional cash prize.


    SAJA JOURNALISM AWARD FINALISTS

    The Daniel Pearl Award for outstanding reporting about South Asia

    The Man Who Retrieves The Taliban’s Dead

    Kevin Sieff
    The Washington Post

    Why This 13-Year Old’s Parents Want Her Married Despite India’s Laws

    Stephanie Nolen
    The Globe and Mail

    A Woman's Drug-Resistant TB Echoes Around The World
    Geeta Anand

    The Wall Street Journal

    *****


    Outstanding enterprise reporting about South Asia or the worldwide South Asian diaspora


    Falak: The Complete True Story Of ‘India’s Baby’

    Paul Beckett and Krishna Pokharel
    The Wall Street Journal

    Mother India Starves Her Children

    Bloomberg staff

    Sri Lanka: Kidney Ailment Linked To Farm Chemicals

    Rhitu Chatterjee
    PRI’s The World

    *****


    Outstanding business story about South Asia, or the worldwide South Asians diaspora

    Microhydro Drives Change In Rural Nepal

    Amy Yee
    The New York Times

    Lender’s Own Probe Links It To Suicides

    Erika Kinetz
    Associated Press

    Poor In India Starve As Politicians Steal $14.5 Billion Worth Of Food

    Mehul Srivasta and Andrew MacAskill
    Bloomberg

    *****


    Outstanding arts and culture reporting about South Asia, or the worldwide South Asians diaspora

    In Nepal, After Revolt, ‘Art Was Changed Forever’
    Amy Yee

    The New York Times

    1,100 Pounds Of Matzo In Kathmandu: Welcome To The World's Largest Seder
    Amy Yee

    The Atlantic

    Afghanistan's Online War Of Words

    Ali M. Latifi
    Al Jazeera

    *****


    Outstanding feature story about South Asia, or the worldwide South Asians diaspora

    Early Death Assured In India Where 900M Don’t Eat Enough
    Mehul Srivastava and Adi Narayan

    Bloomberg

    A Woman's Drug-Resistant TB Echoes Around The World
    Geeta Anand

    The Wall Street Journal

    Jism 2: Film Review
    Lisa Tsering

    The Hollywood Reporter

    *****


    Outstanding editorial/commentary on South Asia, or the worldwide South Asians diaspora

    The Dark Side Of India's 'Mr Clean'

    Dan Morrison
    Al Jazeera

    Shooting Attack On Sikh Temple Is Attack On All Of Us
    Aisha Sultan

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch

    In India, A Small Pill, With Positive Side Effects
    Amy Yee

    The New York Times

    *****


    Outstanding story on any subject: For South Asian journalists


    A Woman's Drug-Resistant TB Echoes Around The World
    Geeta Anand

    The Wall Street Journal

    ‘Perversion Files’ Show Locals Helped Cover Up

    Nigel Duara
    The Associated Press

    Rap Sheet: H. Rap Brown, Civil Rights Revolutionary - Cop Killer Or FBI Target?
    Obaid H. Siddiqui

    Illume Magazine

    *****


    Outstanding editorial/op-ed/commentary on any subject: For South Asian Journalists

    Disparity In Pay Divides Doctors
    Manoj Jain

    The Washington Post

    How Indian Immigrants Could Save The Republican Party
    S. Mitra Kalita

    Quartz

    ‘Truly Civil’ Torture
    Anil Kalhan

    ImmigrationProf Blog

    *****


    Outstanding story on any subject by a South Asian student in the United States or Canada


    Keeping Turkana Girls in School and The Future of Education in Turkana
    Dipti Kumar

    Video: http://bit.ly/17kdCIi

    What Are You Doing to Fix India’s Broken Education System?
    Rakesh Mani


    The Long Farewell: A Medicine That’s Transforming The Way We Live

    Anjali Thomas
  • Sunday, August 04, 2013 12:41 PM | Sovy Azhath (Administrator)
    Emmy Award-Winning Journalist Soledad O'Brien Will Be Our Keynote Speaker For The 2013 SAJA Annual Awards Gala!

    On October 5th, 2013 please join us for our annual awards dinner and gala at The Yale Club in New York City!

    We will honor and recognize excellence in journalism coverage of South Asia as well as outstanding reporting by South Asian journalists. This will be a fantastic opportunity to network with fellow SAJA members, other reporters, editors and producers from reputable media outlets such as: CNN, CBS News, Al Jazeera America, Dow Jones/The Wall Street Journal, ESPN, NBC News, and The New York Times to name a few!

    SAJA friend and supporter Soledad O'Brien will be our keynote speaker for the evening. O'Brien is the chairman and CEO of Starfish Media Group and produces documentaries and reports for HBO's Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel. She recently signed on with Al Jazeera America's evening news program America Tonight as a special correspondent.

    Stay tuned for more details on speakers and presenters!

    WHERE: The Yale Club of New York City, 50 Vanderbilt Avenue, New York, N.Y. 10017 (Directly across from Grand Central Terminal in Midtown Manhattan)

    WHEN: Saturday October 5th, 2013
    Time: 5:00 - 9:00 P.M.

    Purchase Tickets Here: http://saja.org/events?eventId=711262&EventViewMode=EventDetails

    Get your tickets now before prices go up!
    There will be no onsite registration for the Gala, so secure your seats today!

    EARLY BIRD TICKET SPECIALS: Register by September 8th to get these discounted prices!
    Student Members (the first 20 members) : $100
    SAJA Members: $200
    Non-members: $250

    After September 8th: Regular Ticket Prices
    Student Members: $125
    SAJA Members: $250
    Non-Members: $300

    Is your news organization interested in purchasing a Corporate Table?
    It includes 10 tickets and a special recognition by SAJA!

    Corporate Tables: $2,500/table (10 tickets)

    Companies interested in paying for their corporate table by check can make their check payable to: SAJA Group Inc. and please mail their check to:

    John Laxmi
    SAJA Treasurer
    17 Cotswood Road, Greenwich, C.T. 06830

    Tickets are only available until September 30, 2013!
    Please note: Tickets are non-refundable.


    This is a banquet-style dinner. Please dress in formal attire. Many attending will be wearing South Asian-style, in tune with the organization's region of focus, but all styles are welcome.
  • Thursday, August 01, 2013 5:30 PM | Sovy Azhath (Administrator)
    ESPN SPORTSCENTER ANCHOR KEVIN NEGANDHI WILL BE THE MASTER OF CEREMONIES FOR THE 2013 SAJA GALA!
     
    On October 5th, 2013 please join us for our annual awards dinner and gala at The Yale Club in New York City!

    We will honor and recognize excellence in journalism coverage of South Asia as well as outstanding reporting by South Asian journalists. This is a fantastic opportunity to network with fellow SAJA members, other reporters, editors and producers from reputable media outlets. SAJA friend and member Kevin Negandhi of ESPN's SportsCenter will be emceeing the evening.

    Stay tuned for more details on speakers and presenters!

    WHERE: The Yale Club of New York City, 50 Vanderbilt Avenue, New York, N.Y. 10017

    WHEN: Saturday October 5th, 2013
    Time: 5:00 - 9:00 P.M.

    Purchase Tickets Here: http://saja.org/events?eventId=711262&EventViewMode=EventDetails


    Get your tickets now before prices go up!
    There will be no onsite registration for the Gala, so secure your seats today!

    EARLY BIRD TICKET SPECIALS: Register by September 8th to get these discounted prices!
    Student Members (the first 20 members) : $100
    SAJA Members: $200
    Non-members: $250


    After September 8th: Regular Ticket Prices
    Student Members: $125
    SAJA Members: $250
    Non-Members: $300

    Is your news organization interested in purchasing a Corporate Table? It includes 10 tickets and a special recognition by SAJA!

    Corporate Tables: $2,500/table (10 tickets)

    Companies interested in paying for their corporate table by check can make their check payable to: SAJA Group Inc. and please mail their check to:

    John Laxmi
    SAJA Treasurer
    17 Cotswood Road, Greenwich, C.T. 06830


    Tickets are only available until September 30, 2013!
    Please note: Tickets are non-refundable.

    This is a banquet-style dinner. Please dress in formal attire. Many attending will be wearing South Asian-style, in tune with the organization's region of focus, but all styles are welcome.

  • Friday, July 26, 2013 10:27 PM | Sovy Azhath (Administrator)
    CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR 2013 SUMMER INTERNSHIP FUND RECIPIENTS!

    Thank you to all the applicants for this summer's Internship Fund scholarship program. We received a number of talented applications.

    The winners for the SAJA 2013 Summer Internship Fund are: Naveena Sadasivam, Tanay Warerkar and Sameea Kamal.

    The SAJA Internship Fund is a need-based grant that is awarded to three student journalists who secured partially-paid or unpaid internships this summer. Students are awarded these funds based on a solid interest in journalism, clear writing skills, and an enthusiasm for participating in and fulfilling SAJA's mission.

    We would like to give a special thanks to our judges for this summer's Internship Fund:

    Pallavi Reddy, Producer, CNN
    Ankita Rao, Web Reporter, Kaiser Health News
    Amita Parashar, SAJA Board Member, Production Assistant, NPR
    Sovy Azhath, President of SAJA, Producer/Writer, CNN/HLN
    Shefali Kulkarni, Secretary of SAJA, Freelancer


    NAVEENA SADASIVAM
    Naveena Sadasivam is a science writer pursuing an MA in Science, Health and Environmental Reporting at New York University. She is currently interning at Inside Climate News. Naveena was awarded $1,500.00 to help her pursue her internship and journalism career.


    TANAY WARERKAR
    Tanay Warerkar earned a master’s degree at Columbia’s Graduate School of Journalism in May with a concentration in Newspaper Writing. He is now interning at the New York Daily News in the Brooklyn Bureau covering everything from neighbors complaining about dog poop to the fight to save Long Island College Hospital. Tanay was awarded $1,200.00 to help him pursue his internship and journalism career.


    SAMEEA KAMAL
    Sameea Kamal earned her master’s degree from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, and after graduating this past May, is now interning at the business desk of The Hartford Courant in Connecticut. Sameea was awarded $1,500.00 to help her pursue her internship and journalism career.


    For information or questions about the SAJA Internship Fund email SAJA Secretary Shefali Kulkarni: secretary@saja.org
  • Wednesday, July 10, 2013 12:00 AM | Sovy Azhath (Administrator)
    SAJA's Annual Awards Dinner On Saturday Oct. 5th

    Join us for our annual awards dinner and gala at The Yale Club in New York City!

    We will honor and recognize excellence in journalism coverage of South Asia as well as outstanding reporting by South Asian journalists.

    This is a fantastic opportunity to network with fellow SAJA members, other reporters, editors and producers from reputable media outlets.

    Please stay tuned for updates on the evening's events and program schedule.

    EARLY BIRD TICKET SPECIALS HAPPENING NOW!:

    Register by September 8th to get these discounted prices!

    Student Members (the first 20 members) : $100
    SAJA Members: $200
    Non-members: $250

    Regular Ticket Prices (After September 8th):
    Student Members: $125
    SAJA Members: $250
    Non-Members: $300

    Corporate Tables: $2,500/table (10 tickets) Companies interested in paying for their corporate table by check can make their check payable to:
    SAJA Group Inc. And please mail their check to:

    John Laxmi
    SAJA Treasurer
    17 Costwood Road, Greenwich, C.T. 06830

    Tickets are only available until September 30, 2013!

    There will be no onsite registration, so secure your seats today!

    Please note: Tickets are non-refundable.

    Buy Tickets Here: http://saja.org/events?eventId=711262&EventViewMode=EventDetails

    This is a banquet-style dinner. Please dress in formal attire. Many attending will be wearing South Asian-style, in tune with the organization's region of focus, but all styles are welcome.

    SAJA Job Fair @ AAJA National Convention

    This year, SAJA will be hosting its job fair in conjunction with the AAJA National Convention this summer at the Hilton New York Midtown Manhattan.

    SAJA members will have a special one day rate on Friday, August 23, 2013 with complete access to the job fair as well as workshops, panel discussions, and AAJA's silent auction later that night.

    Those interested in attending the full AAJA National Convention from Wednesday, August 21st - Saturday August 24th can get a SAJA discount rate as well.

    **SAJA will be hosting a happy hour networking mixer on Friday August 23rd, 2013. This will be an opportunity for SAJA members to mingle with fellow SAJA and AAJA members from across the country. You don't have to be registered for the AAJA Convention to attend this mixer. This mixer will be open to everyone. Details coming soon!**

    You will need to register through the AAJA Convention site.
    To register, please follow the guidelines on this link:
    Career Fair & Expo/Convention Registration

    The discount code for SAJA members is SAJA2013, to be entered at the check-out page.

    Registration Dates Below:
    Day rate for Friday, August 23rd - $175

    Full convention: Regular Registration/All registrations through 8/24 - $375

    Any questions, please direct them to AAJA office at 415.346.2051, ext. 105, or email at support@aaja.org

    2013 Knowledge@Wharton Scholarship for Business Journalism: Applications Now Open!

    The Wharton Seminars for Business Journalists is pleased to present its flagship program: The Wharton Seminars for Business Journalists.

    This is a unique opportunity to attend the Wharton Seminars for Business Journalists on a scholarship, exclusively set aside for a SAJA member. Scholarships are also set aside for members of AAJA, NAHJ, NAJA and NLGJA. This year's seminars will be held on Sunday, October 13, 2013 - Wednesday, October 16, 2013.

    Each scholarship (which covers the cost of tuition, course materials and most meals) is worth approximately $1,995 and is furnished by The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

    Who Can Apply?

    Any member of SAJA, AAJA, NAHJ, NAJA and NLGJA who is a reporter, editor or producer (including freelancers) currently living in the United States or Canada and working in a business journalism or a field that overlaps, such as healthcare or technology.
    Applicants must be available to attend the Wharton program this year.
    Individuals between two to seven years of experience as a business reporter or those news to business reporting, but with 5 - 10 years of experience as a reporter in another field are encouraged to apply.
    Freelancers are welcome to apply

    For more information, including last year's scholarship winners, click here: http://saja.org/wharton

    APPLICATION: http://www.wharton.upenn.edu/journalists/pl-session-2011.cfm


    DEADLINE TO APPLY: Friday, September 6, 2013

    Winners will be informed by September 13, 2013

    Questions? Contact SAJA Secretary Shefali Kulkarni - secretary@saja.org


    This Summer: SAJA Comes To Your City

    SAJA is looking to come to a city near you this summer! In the past we've hosted events in New York City, Washington, D.C., Atlanta, Seattle, Las Vegas, Boston, Bay Area and Toronto. And we would love to host a happy hour, mixer, panel, informational session, or any other event that will help benefit our North American members. We love hearing from our members and want to collaborate with all of you.

    If you are interested in hosting an event in your city please feel free to contact SAJA President Sovy Azhath at president@saja.org or SAJA Secretary Shefali Kulkarni at secretary@saja.org.
  • Tuesday, June 11, 2013 11:52 AM | Sovy Azhath (Administrator)
    Save the Date! 2013 SAJA Gala
    We are pleased to announce our annual Gala and Awards Dinner will be held in the fall for the first time in SAJA's nearly 20-year history!

    Please save the date: Saturday, October 5th, 2013 from 5:00 P.M. - 9:00 P.M.
    in New York City


    We will be hosting cocktails and banquet-style dinner at the Yale Club in Midtown Manhattan. We will honor and recognize excellence in journalism coverage in South Asia as well as outstanding reporting by South Asian journalists. This is a fantastic opportunity to network with fellow SAJA members, and other reporters, editors, producers from reputable media outlets.

    Registration and ticket information coming soon! Please save the date.

     
    SAJA Summer Job Fair @ AAJA National Convention

    This year, SAJA will be hosting its job fair in conjunction with the AAJA National Convention this summer at the Hilton New York Midtown Manhattan.

    SAJA members will have a special one day rate on Friday, August 23, 2013 with complete access to the job fair as well as workshops, panel discussions, and AAJA's silent auction later that night.


    Additionally, SAJA will be hosting a special networking mixer near the convention headquarters on Friday, August 23rd after the day's activities. Get the chance to interact and mingle with the national SAJA board, fellow SAJA members and AAJA members from across the country. More details coming soon!


    Those interested in attending the full AAJA National Convention from Wednesday, August 21st - Saturday August 24th can get a SAJA discount rate as well.

    You will need to register through the AAJA Convention site. 
    To register, please follow the guidelines on this link:

    The discount code for SAJA members is SAJA2013, to be entered at the check-out page.

    Registration Dates Below:
    Day rate for Friday, August 23rd - $175

    Full convention: Pre-Registration Payment received by Friday, 6/14 - $300

    Full convention: Regular Registration/All registrations through 8/24 - $375


    Any questions, please direct them to AAJA office at 415.346.2051, ext. 105, or email at support@aaja.org
     
    This Summer: SAJA Comes To Your City

    SAJA is looking to come to a city near you this summer! In the past we've hosted events in New York City, Washington, D.C., Atlanta, Seattle, Las Vegas, Boston, Bay Area and Toronto. And we would love to host a happy hour, mixer, panel, informational session, or any other event that will help benefit our North American members. We love hearing from our members and want to collaborate with all of you.


    If you are interested in hosting an event in your city please feel free to contact SAJA President Sovy Azhath at president@saja.org or SAJA Secretary Shefali Kulkarni at secretary@saja.org.
  • Tuesday, May 07, 2013 1:58 PM | Sovy Azhath (Administrator)
    SAJA Awards Due Today!

    Today is the LAST DAY to submit your applications for our annual awards! Hurry and take a look at the 11 categories we have and apply today!

    This award recognizes excellence in coverage of South Asia, as well as outstanding reporting by South Asian journalists and students in the U.S. and Canada.

    The 2013
     Awards, which are open to journalists, media companies and freelancers headquartered in the U.S. and Canada, consist of the following categories:

    For journalists (including freelancers) working for media outlets based in North America:

    Submissions can include print articles, editorials, photographs and new media pieces published, and broadcasts aired, in 2012.

    DEADLINES:
    The final deadline is Today.

    ENTRY FEE (entries without payment will NOT be processed): $50

    We have eliminated the entry fee for students, but will accept only one submission per student.

    You can submit by clicking on the categories above or going to
     saja.submittable.com
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    Direct all questions to Anup Kaphle, awards@saja.org (subject line = "SAJA Awards 2013") 

    If you'd like to volunteer to help us judge, please contact Anup Kaphle: awards@saja.org
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    SAJA Internship Fund Now Taking Applications

    Students & Recent Grads: Got an internship lined up for the summer? We are offering funding for those of you who have acquired a low-paying or unpaid internship for this summer.


    Shrinking newsroom budgets mean fewer fully paid internships. If an enterprising student can secure an unpaid or partially paid internship at a media organization, a little financial help from SAJA to meet basic expenses will help the student gain valuable experience and clips.


    This year, SAJA will grant up to $4,500 distributed among three students who have already secured internships, but may find it difficult to accept because they are partially paid or unpaid.

    This is a need-based grant. Up to three students will receive between $500 and $1,500 each for the summer.


    Students from all mediums (newspaper, magazine, radio, TV and new media) will be considered.


    For more information visit: www.saja.org/internshipfund


    Selection Criteria:

    • Must have already secured internship at a recognized media organization. Please include internship offer letter, terms of remuneration, length of internship, and point of contact as part of application package.
    • Applicants with financial need will be given special consideration. We will determine financial need based on whether they have a fully paid, partially paid or unpaid internship.
    • Interest in journalism based on work samples: 3 to 5 clips.
    • A "give back to SAJA" plan. Recipients are expected to give back to SAJA by volunteering at the annual convention or in other ways approved by the SAJA board of directors.
    Eligibility:
    • Current students who are juniors, or graduating seniors in an accredited college or university (two-year or four-year) in North America; or a student enrolled or about to enter a graduate-level program in North America.
    • Of South Asian descent (includes Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka; Indo-Caribbeans are also eligible) OR demonstrate a clear interest in South Asia or the diaspora.
    • Must have an internship offer from a recognized media organization.

    Note: College or graduate students graduating in May/June 2013 are eligible. Immediate relatives of SAJA board members and judges are INELIGIBLE to apply.

    Evaluation Procedure:

    A committee of judges appointed by SAJA board of directors will review the applications and evaluate them on a number of subjective and objective criteria, including interest in journalism, writing skills, reasons for entering journalism, financial need and participation and enthusiasm about SAJA.


    Applicants may be interviewed by phone or in person by a member of the judges' committee. Winners will be notified in mid-June.


    Award Process:

    The student will be paid in two installments, one at the start, and one at the completion of the internship.
    Payment of second installment will be dependent on the student coming up with a plan to contribute/give back to SAJA.

    Each student will be required to complete a report/survey to SAJA on the program, to help board decide on the program's viability.


    APPLICATION DEADLINE: 11:59 p.m. EST, Saturday, June 1st, 2013

    Please contact SAJA Secretary Shefali Kulkarni secretary@saja.org with questions or to send supporting application materials.
     
    SAJA Career Expo at the AAJA National Convention

    This year, SAJA will be having its job fair in conjunction with the AAJA (Asian American Journalists Association) National Convention this summer at the Hilton New York in Midtown Manhattan.

    SAJA members will have a special one day rate on Friday August 23, 2013 with complete access to the job fair as well as workshops, panel discussions, and AAJA's silent auction later that night.

    Those interested in attending the full AAJA National Convention from Wednesday Aug 21st- Saturday Aug 24th can get a SAJA discount rate as well.
    You will need to register through the AAJA Convention site. 
    To register, please follow the guidelines on this link:

    The discount code for SAJA members is SAJA2013, to be entered at the check-out page.

    Registration Dates Below:

    Day rate for Friday, August 23rd - $175
    Full-Pre-Convention rate - $300


    Any questions, please direct them to AAJA office at 415.346.2051, ext. 105, or email at support@aaja.org

     
    This Summer: SAJA Comes To Your City

    SAJA is looking to come to a city near you this summer! In the past we've hosted events in New York City, Washington, D.C., Atlanta, Seattle, Las Vegas, Boston, Bay Area and Toronto. And we would love to host a happy hour, mixer, panel, informational session, or any other event that will help benefit our North American members. We love hearing from our members and want to collaborate with all of you.  
    If you are interested in hosting an event in your city please feel free to contact SAJA President Sovy Azhath at president@saja.org or SAJA Secretary Shefali Kulkarni at secretary@saja.org.

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