SAJA-Knowledge@Wharton Funding Opportunity


The SAJA-Knowledge@Wharton Funding Opportunity was established in 1999 in collaboration with the South Asian Journalists Association. This unique program is designed to enhance the quality of minority business journalism. It provides a member of SAJA (as well as up to one journalist each belonging to AAJANAHJNAJA & NLGJA) with funding to attend the Wharton Seminars for Business Journalists in Philadelphia.

Each funding opportunity (which covers cost of tuition, course materials and most meals) is worth about $1,995 and is furnished by Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.  The funding does not cover any other expenses. Other restrictions may apply. The award does NOT cover travel to and from Philadelphia or lodging. The Award is presented by SAJA and Knowledge@Wharton, the Wharton School's research and business analysis journal. SAJA is responsible for the administrative process and works with the other groups representing journalists to select the winners. It reserves the right not to award funding.

The Wharton Seminars for Business Journalists, now in its 50th year, offers participants an opportunity to expand their business knowledge and increase their exposure to leading experts in a stimulating environment. Through intensive lectures and hands-on exercises, the program, led by the Wharton School’s most prominent professors such as Jeremy Siegel and Olivia Mitchellhelps participants gain a better understanding of key business and economic issues. 

When: Program runs October 7-10, 2018 / Application deadline: September 12, 2018

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



Meet Our 2017 Winners!


Akiko Matsuda, The Journal News (USA Today Network)

Akiko Matsuda is a real estate business reporter for The Journal News in White Plains, NY, part of USA Today Network. She was formerly in charge of covering government affairs, science, environment and energy for the publication. Before becoming a newspaper reporter, Akiko had a successful career in TV journalism in Japan, anchoring a TV Asahi affiliate’s evening news show while producing documentaries. Akiko holds two master’s degrees from Columbia University, one in journalism and the other in earth and environmental science. She is fascinated by the complex nature of the real estate industry, which relates to various aspects of our lives. Akiko is convinced that her training in science prepared her well to become a skilled business reporter because she can handle numbers at ease and analyze data to identify trends.


Divya Nair, The Business Times, Singapore

Divya Nair is a journalist who has never envisioned being anything other than a journalist all her life. She has a master's degree in journalism from Columbia University, and worked previously in Singapore and India in the digital, print and television media. Her mission is to travel the world with a book in her hands while also trying to keep her houseplants alive. 
She is a feminist, an aspiring dog-walker, and always up for a Japanese meal.  As of now, she lives in New York city and is on the lookout for full time employment and the warmest winter jacket.



Meet Our 2016 Winners!

Vishal Persaud (Bloomberg News) is an editor at Bloomberg News, where he covers breaking company news. He         began his career as a general assignment reporter at various outlets in New York and New Jersey and then moved to central Florida, where he covered crime and courts at the Ocala Star-Banner. He has also worked as an editor at NBC News and ventured into the social media realm working at Dataminr. Vishal is an unabashed New York Yankees and Knicks fan and a proud alumnus of Dartmouth College and the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism.





Ashley Rodriguez (Quartz) covers media, marketing, and general business news for Quartz, Atlantic Media's business site. She writes about issues like diversity in the media, the future of the set-top box, and the role of advertising in the 2016 US election. Prior to joining Quartz in September 2015, Rodriguez covered retail and financial services marketers for Advertising Age. The New York native has also worked at digital creative and marketing agencies, and as a freelance journalist with the now defunct hyper-local blog Brooklyn Today. Rodriguez holds a bachelor's degree in English literature from Pace University and a master's in journalism from the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, where she developed a penchant for coding and digging through data. She is currently an adjunct lecturer for the “Covering Companies” course at her alma mater.


Meet Our 2015 Winner!


SAJA: Gunjan Banerji (@gunjans)

Gunjan Banerji is a financial news reporter covering the bond markets. Tying together policy and finance, she focuses on distressed municipalities nationwide in the aftermath of the Detroit bankruptcy and wake of the Puerto Rico debt crisis. Gunjan has studied in the two financial capitals of the world. She earned a dual-degree in Economics and Communications from New York University and, while there, completed business coursework in London. Right now she is learning to share her financial news scoops through video and other multimedia as a part-time student at Columbia’s Graduate School of Journalism.






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