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  • 2024-05-19 12:33 PM | sree sreenivasan (Administrator)

    SAJA hosted a virtual all-star panel on foreign reporting on Friday, May 17, 2024. Hosted by SAJA board member Jennifer Chowdhury, the speakers were Azmat Khan, Director of Columbia's Li Center for Global Journalism; Anup Kaphle, EIC of RestOfWorld.org; Morgan Till, Foreign Editor of the PBS Newshour.


    Watch the recording: https://youtu.be/3FSXCyvg6lk?si=f-hxY_qWzkKwInVY

    ABOUT US: SAJA, the South Asian Journalists Association, was founded in March 1994 with 18 members. Today, it represents 1,000+ journalists of South Asian origin working in the US and Canada. It serves as a network for education, inspiration and training for journalists covering South Asia and the South Asian diaspora. SAJA also aims to improve the coverage of the Subcontinent and its diaspora. Over the years, SAJA has given out more than $400,000 in scholarships and fellowships. Our 30th anniversary conference and gala awards dinner is Oct 11-12, 2024, in NYC. Support us by becoming a member (you don’t have to be South Asian or a journalist) or making a donation. More info at SAJA.org · X: @sajaHQ · IG: @theofficialsaja · LinkedIn: South Asian Journalists Association · YT: SAJA_TV 


  • 2024-05-19 6:39 AM | sree sreenivasan (Administrator)

    Shahzia Sikander, one of the most celebrated artists in the world, has a new exhibition at Pace Prints gallery in NYC. The Lahore-born artist's "Liquid Light" is on display through June 21, 2024.

    On Thursday, May 16, she gave SAJA members a special walkthrough before the show opened, telling us about the work, her techniques and more. 

    Here's a Dropbox of press materials. And here is an album from the gathering.


    ABOUT US: SAJA, the South Asian Journalists Association, was founded in March 1994 with 18 members. Today, it represents 1,000+ journalists of South Asian origin working in the US and Canada. It serves as a network for education, inspiration and training for journalists covering South Asia and the South Asian diaspora. SAJA also aims to improve the coverage of the Subcontinent and its diaspora. Over the years, SAJA has given out more than $400,000 in scholarships and fellowships. Our 30th anniversary conference and gala awards dinner is Oct 11-12, 2024, in NYC. Support us by becoming a member (you don’t have to be South Asian or a journalist) or making a donation. More info at SAJA.org · X: @sajaHQ · IG: @theofficialsaja · LinkedIn: South Asian Journalists Association · YT: SAJA_TV 


  • 2024-05-18 9:47 AM | sree sreenivasan (Administrator)

    SAJA members and other journalists were out in full to support for the NYC launch of Ali Velshi's new book, "Small Acts of Courage." Pix and videos below from Barnes & Noble Upper West Side on Friday, May 10, 2024. He was interviewed on stage by writer Molly Jong-Fast.


    Video: Ali's advice for young journos: 
    https://youtu.be/Upj4CI_ho5Y 

    Photo album: https://photos.app.goo.gl/XNhh7vGgo1pnYLNq8

  • 2024-05-05 10:08 PM | sree sreenivasan (Administrator)

    The 2024 SAJA Board held its first IRL meeting on Sunday, May 5, 2024, at the home of Sree Sreenivasan, our president; his wife Roopa Unnikrishnan and their dog, Tara.  Later, they hosted a mixer for SAJA members and friends. 

    Here's an official board portrait: 

    From left: Tania Rahman (Comms Director; Fast Company), Mythili Sampathkumar (President Emeritus; freelance), Jennifer Chowdhury (freelance), Pia Sarkar (Associated Press Philly), John Laxmi (Treasurer), Divya Kathikeyan (Louisville Public Radio), [Karen Mahabir on the phone], Sree Sreenivasan (President; Digimentors), Priyanka Vohra (VP; Axios), Sabrina Malhi (former President; Washington Post), Mihir Zaveri (former President; NY Times), Allana Akhtar (Secretary; freelance).


    See an album of photos from the mixer here: https://photos.app.goo.gl/k1miEDSd9GVyy9PJ7

  • 2024-04-20 6:43 PM | sree sreenivasan (Administrator)


    On Saturday, April 20, 2024, SAJA hosted a virtual screening of "The Last Ecstatic Days," a powerful documentary about a young man's last days and the doctor and community who helped bring grace and love at his end of his journey.  After the movie, shown on the Kinema platform, Prerana Thakurdesai, former SAJA president and one of the film's producers, joined  Dr. Aditi Sethi, one of the film's protagonists in a conversation with current SAJA president Sree Sreenivasan. They discussed how the film was made and responded to questions and comments from a worldwide audience (from Mumbai and Kochi in India to UK and Sweden and across the US).

    They also noted the passing of one of the film's champions and executive producers David Sweidler, the Oscar-winning screenwriter of "The King's Speech," who died just a month earlier. His testimonial about the film: "After 10 minutes, I was ready to walk over glass to help this film."

    You don't have walk over broken glass to help the film. Learn more about it here: thelastecstaticdaysmovie.com and lern about its impact campaign: https://givebutter.com/thelastecstaticdays

    And to support Dr. Sethi's efforts to change the way we think about the end of (our) days, please check out and support her Center for Conscious Living & Dying: https://www.ccld.community.

    Here are some of the real-time comments we received!

    Zainab Sultan in NJ:  ❤️❤️❤️❤️ Congrats everyone for bringing this beautiful film to us!

    Norman Chaleff in Kristianstad, Sweden:
    May Ethan's bravery in facing death inspire millions to face life!

    Alystyre Julian: Life and conscious death changing impact. Utterly transcendent. Thank you for making this film. I was so happy to learn about the center in Asheville, after experiencing the film. Thank you Prerana for sharing this with me. Aditi, all hearts!

    Zach Moore in NYC: A beautiful film with so much grace. The rabbi's comment about "if we knew the words we'd all know them by now" really stuck with me, and just seeing everyone there for Ethan really showed it's so much more than words. Thank you for sharing this!

    HOW YOU CAN HELP SAJA:

    • Support us through events around the US and Canada. Have a venue we can use pro bono or subsidized? Have ideas for events? Want to join our 30th anniversary planning committee for the October conference and gala in NYC? Let us know. president@saja.org

    • If you're not yet a member: http://saja.org/membership (you don't have to be a journalist or South Asian to become a member)

    • Support us by making a tax-deductible donation: http://saja.org/donate

      • We have donated more than $400,000 in scholarships and fellowships — all thanks to folks like you!


  • 2024-04-18 9:45 PM | sree sreenivasan (Administrator)

    Legendary writer Pico Iyer, who lives in a fishing village in Japan, came to Asia Society in New York April 16, 2024, for a wonderful conversation with Helen Tworkov, founding editor of Tricycle: The Buddhist Review, about  her wise and moving memoir, "Lotus Girl: My Life at the Crossroads of Buddhism and America."

    "Lotus Girl" provides a space to learn more about the history of Buddhism in America; to hear Helen's reflections on her practice of Buddhism, informed by her interactions with thinkers and artists including the Dalai Lama and Richard Serra; and to consider the ways each of us can better understand and transform ourselves. 

    Watch the video here: https://youtu.be/pb7LWDZrYtk?si=P7IcYBx0Z3ba5iEn



    HOW YOU CAN HELP SAJA:

    • Support us through events around the US and Canada. Have a venue we can use pro bono or subsidized? Have ideas for events? Want to join our 30th anniversary planning committee for the October conference and gala in NYC? Let us know. president@saja.org

    • If you're not yet a member: http://saja.org/membership (you don't have to be a journalist or South Asian to become a member)

    • Support us by making a tax-deductible donation: http://saja.org/donate

      • We have donated more than $400,000 in scholarships and fellowships — all thanks to folks like you!

  • 2024-04-11 4:40 PM | sree sreenivasan (Administrator)

    More than 40 members and guests attended a SAJA mixer at Carroll Place in Greenwhich Village on April 4, 2024. 



    Many thanks to Jasmine Sheena for organizing the event!

    • Along with Jasmine, Beena Sarwar, Mihir Zaveri, Mythili Sampathkumar, Sree Sreenivasan served as co-hosts.
    See more photos from the event here: https://photos.app.goo.gl/DPQ5bk8GzjNJmoiX6

    HOW YOU CAN HELP SAJA:

    • Support us through events around the US and Canada. Have a venue we can use pro bono or subsidized? Have ideas for events? Want to join our 30th anniversary planning committee for the October conference and gala in NYC? Let us know. president@saja.org
    • If you're not yet a member: http://saja.org/membership (you don't have to be a journalist or South Asian to become a member)
    • Support us by making a tax-deductible donation: http://saja.org/donate
      • We have donated more than $400,000 in scholarships and fellowships — all thanks to folks like you!


  • 2024-03-29 3:24 PM | Allana Akhtar (Administrator)


    SAJA-NY hosted members and newcomers for an intimate iftar dinner to celebrate Ramadan 2024. Our guests hailed from London, Chicago, New Jersey, and more, having braved the rainy weather to chat about current events and which New York City borough is superior over Persian kebabs and tea. SAJA Director of Communications Tania Rahman orchestrated the event with the help of VP Priyanka Vora, Secretary Allana Akhtar, and Board Member Jennifer Chowdhury. We're proud to have donated a total of $700 to provide relief for Palestinian, Jordanian and Lebanese refugees. Special thanks to Miraj Healthy Grill in Manhattan for being such gracious hosts. Ramadan Mubarak and we hope to see you all at the next event!

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    UPCOMING SAJA EVENTS:

    • April 4: SAJA-NY Mixer: Join us for informal drinks and food at Carroll Place in Greenwich Village between 6-8:30 pm
    • April 10: SAJA-DC Mixer: Details to follow on saja.org
    • April 20: SAJA VIRTUAL: Doc Screening Of "The Ecstatic Last Days": Join us for a free screening and Q&A with producer Prerana Thakurdesai and protagonist Dr. Aditi Shah

    HERE'S HOW YOU CAN HELP SAJA:

        • Please share your feedback about the event to secretary@saja.org.
        • Become a member — you don't have to be a journalist or South Asian to be a member. http://bit.ly/saja.org/membership
        • Encourage your friends to become members.
        • Support us through events: Have a venue we can use pro bono or subsidized?
        • Have ideas for events?
        • Want to join our 30th anniversary planning committee?
        • Let us know. president@saja.org
        • Support us by making a tax-deductible donation: http://saja.org/donate
        • We have donated more than $400,000 in scholarships and fellowships — all thanks to folks like you!
      • 2024-03-23 7:39 PM | sree sreenivasan (Administrator)



        On a stormy Manhattan Saturday, more than 40 SAJA members and friends gathered to celebrate Monica Saigal's new novel, "A Kiss in Kashmir." The event was held at the home of SAJA President Sree Sreenivasan and his wife Roopa Unnikrishnan. A Kashmir-inspired menu was curated by Saigal, a long-time food writer (and one of Mashable's top 10 food writers on Twitter). She discussed her book, her writing process, why one of her books took 6.5 years and more. She signed copies of the novel for the attendees. 

        You can see an album of photos from the event here: https://photos.app.goo.gl/phB6wZozVPkHY7vQ9

        HOW YOU CAN HELP SAJA:
        • Support us through events around the US and Canada. Have a venue we can use pro bono or subsidized? Have ideas for events? Want to join our 30th anniversary planning committee for the October conference and gala in NYC? Let us know. president@saja.org
        • If you're not yet a member: http://saja.org/membership (you don't have to be a journalist or South Asian to become a member)
        • Support us by making a tax-deductible donation: http://saja.org/donate
          • We have donated more than $400,000 in scholarships and fellowships — all thanks to folks like you!
      • 2024-03-13 7:24 PM | sree sreenivasan (Administrator)


        Clockwise from upper left: Amar Shah; Sree Sreenivasan; Allana Akhtar; Raakhee Mirchandani.

        SAJA's new Zoom series, SAJA VIRTUAL, brings timely panels, talks, workshops and more to our members wherever they are. You can attend live or watch a recording later.

        On Wednesday, March 13, we kicked off the series with "Writing Books for Young Readers." Many thanks to our author-members
        Raakhee Mirchandani & Amar Shah, who shared so many great tips and ideas. And thanks also to SAJA Secretary and freelance healthcare writer Allana Akhtar for being an outstanding moderator. 

        Among the comments: "So inspiring!" (Charu Suri)... "Wow — I'm just loving this passion and energy! (Patricia Kitchen)... "So many thanks to all! Your joy and passion are truly inspiring... as is your advice! Keep shining!" (Diane Patrick)... "Thank you all so much for this!" (Ghazala Irshad). 

        You can watch the recording here: https://bit.ly/saja_virtual_1

        Here's how you can help SAJA:

        • Please share your feedback about the event.
        • Become a member — you don't have to be a journalist or South Asian to be a member. http://bit.ly/saja.org/membership
          • Encourage your friends to become members.
        • Support us through events: Have a venue we can use pro bono or subsidized? 
          • Have ideas for events? 
          • Want to join our 30th anniversary planning committee? 
          • Let us know. president@saja.org
        • Support us by making a tax-deductible donation: http://saja.org/donate
          • We have donated more than $400,000 in scholarships and fellowships — all thanks to folks like you!

        Watch for more events coming your way on our events page.

        Cheers, Sree
        Sree Sreenivasan | president@saja.org 
        President, SAJA, South Asian Journalists Association
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