SAJA Reporting Fellowships: Winners Archive
This SRF program is aimed at promoting a rare element in 24/7-news-cycle journalism -- in-depth and follow-up reporting on major events relating to South Asia or South Asians, long after the breaking-news crews have moved on.
Questions to Meena Ganesan, Awards & Fellowships Chair: meena.ramayee [at] gmail.com
A total of up to $20,000 is given out annually, divided among projects or a single project at SAJA's discretion. Each fellowship award is typically between $3,000-$7,000.
These Fellowships, launched in 2005 to ensure follow-up reportage about the 2004 tsunami and its victims, were initially funded by SAJA members, corporate donors and friends of SAJA.
For the last six years, SRF received a major financial boost thanks to the support of the Mahadeva Family Foundation, makes an annual contribution of $20,000. "The support of Kumar Mahadeva and Simi Ahuja, who have been part of the SAJA community for more than a decade, is critical to SAJA's core mission of improving the coverage of South Asia through the SAJA Reporting Fellowships and similar programs," said Sandeep Junnarkar, the group's Awards & Fellowships chair and professor at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism. "This is going to have a major impact on the kind of stories that the Fellows do and how Americans learn about what's going on in South Asia today." Watch for the next call for entries in Spring 2012.
See previous winners below. You can keep alive the SRF and other SAJA activities by supporting SAJA.
Wajeeha Malik is a journalist and strategic communications specialist who graduated in 2017 from Northwestern University’s campus in Qatar. She has reported on a variety of issues in the Middle East, the US and Pakistan, ranging from educational woes in Chicago’s low-income areas to migrant worker rights to whale sharks in the Arabian Gulf. She has written for a variety of notable organizations, including National Geographic. Currently she works in Islamabad, Pakistan as an editor and freelance reporter. Her interests include environmental activism, cooking, historical research, and learning coding and digital design. You can reach out to Wajeeha on Twitter: @WajeehaM
Shakeeb Asrar is a Pakistani journalist specializing in interactive journalism and long-form storytelling. He has previously worked for Al Jazeera English and USA Today, and is currently working as a content creator in Doha, Qatar. He was also recipient of the Pulitzer Center reporting fellowship, through which he created a documentary on Pakistan’s death penalty laws. The project won a Mark of Excellence Award from the Society of Professional Journalists and was a finalist for SAJA Journalism Awards. Shakeeb majored in journalism from Northwestern University, with a minor in Media and Politics and Civic Engagement. His interests include covering stories on human rights and sociocultural issues in South Asia.
Shakeeb can be reached at @shakeebasrar.
Suman Naishadham is a journalist studying at the Missouri School of Journalism. She has reported from India, the United States, and Mexico and recently covered the historic 2018 Mexican presidential election for Reuters. Her work has also appeared in Vice, GQ Magazine and Roads & Kingdoms. Follow her on Twitter @sumannaishadham."
Jennifer Chowdhuryis an independent journalist based in New York City and Bangladesh. She covers the South Asian diaspora with a specific focus on Bangladeshi and Muslim communities.
Jennifer started her career in fashion and lifestyle journalism working in the editorial departments for Elle Decor and In Style magazine. She transitioned to reporting on Asian-American stories for NBCNews.com, NYTimes.com and international gender issues’ for Marie Claire magazine, Vice.com, Refinery29.com, and other outlets. Her work on global women’s stories for Refinery29.com has been recognized by Huffington Post’s What’s Working Series.
Currently, Jennifer is working on a series of reports on Rohingya women and young girls. She is passionate about covering stories on women of color around the world whose voices are stifled by patriarchal attitudes, systematic racism and socioeconomic burdens.
Devjyot Ghoshal is editor of Quartz India. Prior to joining in 2014, he spent a year at the Columbia Journalism School as a Fulbright scholar. He cut his teeth with Business Standard, an Indian financial daily, in its Delhi, Kolkata, and Singapore offices, where he worked as a staff reporter and Southeast Asia correspondent.
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