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  • 2024-03-07 11:11 AM | sree sreenivasan (Administrator)

    On Feb 29, 2024, SAJA-NY hosted a full-house event at Asia Society with acclaimed author Amitav Ghosh and distinguished journalist Razia Iqbal. We were celebrating the launch of "Smoke & Ashes," Ghosh's latest book, about this history of opium. Our first event with him was in 1995! Many thanks to our long-time collaborator, Rachel Cooper, Director of Global Cultural Democracy for Asia Society. You will see photos below of the speakers, Cooper and Sree Sreenivasan, SAJA president.

    Watch a recording here:

  • 2021-11-16 8:42 PM | Anonymous

    NOVEMBER 16, 2021


    The Board of Directors of SAJA hereby gives notice that the Annual Meeting of Full Members of SAJA will take place on Thursday, December 16, 2021 at 6:30 p.m. on Zoom. Register here.

    All Full Members of SAJA are invited to attend and participate.

    Associate Members, Student Members, Non-members and other SAJA supporters are also encouraged to attend but cannot vote at the meeting.

    Agenda for the meeting:

    (1) Report on the activities of SAJA in 2021;

    (2) Presentation of the annual financial report;

    (3) Presentation of the annual members report;

    (4) Election to fill in the five vacancies on SAJA's Board; and

    (5) Other matters, if any, duly presented to Full Members at the Annual Meeting.

    With respect to the election of board members to fill in the five vacancies scheduled to occur at the end of 2021, nominations have been received from five candidates (see list below). At the meeting, these five candidates will be named to fill in the five vacancies, as having been elected without contest.

    The five candidates are: Deena Zaidi, Farnoush Amiri, John Laxmi, Mythili Sampathkumar and Sabrina Malhi.

    Read more about each candidate here.


    Because of the location of the meeting at a restaurant (which may be noisy), it is not practical to set up a virtual connection. However, if you are a Full Member and are unable to attend and participate in the meeting in person, you may participate in the proceedings by proxy, by submitting this form:


    By clicking the above button, and filling out the form, you authorize Ms. Anusha Shrivastava, currently an Advisor to the SAJA Board, to attend and vote on your behalf at the Annual Meeting on any matters which may be duly brought to a vote at the Annual Meeting.

    Ms. Shrivastava has agreed to attend the meeting in person and fulfill the duties as proxy for those Full Members who choose this option.

    Signed: Board of Directors of South Asian Journalists Association


    NOTE: Following the conclusion of the Annual Meeting, a Holiday Party is planned at the restaurant. Please join. This is organized by SAJA but attendees will pay for their own drinks and food.

  • 2020-08-17 8:46 PM | Anonymous

    Thank you for joining us for #SAJA2020. It's been our pleasure to bring you a series of virtual events, culminating in our awards ceremony, which you can watch in full above.

    And a big thank you to our sponsors: 

       Gaur Family   

    And congratulations to the finalists and winners of our 2020 awards!

    COVID-19 reporting:

    Winner: Over 10 agonizing days, this migrant worker walked and hitchhiked 1,250 miles home. India's lockdown left him no choice - Mohit Rao for CNN

    How the Pandemic Is Reshaping India - Billy Perrigo and Neha Thirani Bagri for TIME

    Dispatches from the world's largest lockdown: exodus, hardship, solidarity - Joanna Slater, Niha Masih, Parth M.N., Taniya Dutta for Washington Post

    Nonfiction Writing:

    Winner: A Hunger Strike in ICE Detention - Rozina Ali for The New Yorker

    Following The North Star - Shaheen Pasha for Longreads

    Stories About My Brother - Prachi Gupta for Jezebel

    Daniel Pearl Award:

    Winner: Democracy Undone - Soumya Shankar for The Ground Truth Project

    Investigation: Amazon Sells Clothes From Unsafe Factories in Bangladesh - Karan Deep Singh for Wall Street Journal

    The War on Afghan Women - Karishma Vyas for Al Jazeera

    Business Reporting:

    Winner: Take a Ride Along the Punjabi American Highway - Jaweed Kaleem for L.A. Times

    For India’s Caste-Based Sewer Cleaners, an Uncertain Robot Rescue - Puja Changoiwala for Undark

    63,000 openings and 19 million applicants: inside India's employment conundrum - Joanna Slater for Washington Post

    Race And Diversity Reporting:

    Winner: The Contradictions of a Progressive Police Chief - Kiran Misra for Southside Weekly

    Amid outcry, these police agencies banned chokeholds. But critics say more reforms needed - Shirso Dasgupta for McClatchy

    Swann Street NW Neighbors Shielded Strangers, Stood Up to Police - Ashish Malhotra for Washington City Paper

    Arts and Culture Reporting:

    Winner: Vital Signs with Dr. Sanjay Gupta: Bhutan - Correspondent: Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Executive Producer: Elisa Berkowitz, Senior Producer/Writer: Samantha Bresnahan, Field Producer: Sugam Pokharel, Photographer: Sanjiv Talreja, Editor: Anthony Whaley for CNN

    Trying to Define a Cuisine Shaped by Absences - Vidya Balachander for The Juggernaut

    Kamala Harris' defining Indian influence - Shashank Bengali for L.A. Times


    Winner: A Day in Delhi's Resettlement Colonies - Kiran Misra for Pulitzer Center

    Photo Essay: Gold in the Kutupalong Camp - Fariba Alam for The Juggernaut

    Fortify Rights/Doha Debates Rohingya Instagram Fellows - Azimul Hassan for Fortify Rights

    Reporting on Any Subject:

    Winner: New Workers of the World - Vauhini Vara for Bloomberg

    Robbers, strawberries & black-market economics: How to bake a cake in Caracas - Simran Sethi for Washington Post

    In Ghana, a Bumper Crop of Opinions on Genetically Modified Cowpea - Ankur Paliwal for Undark

    The Network of Hindu Nationalists Behind Modi’s “Diaspora Diplomacy” in the U.S. - Rashmee Kumar for The Intercept

    The Impeachment of President Donald J. Trump (series) - Versha Sharma for Now This News

  • 2020-05-17 8:44 PM | Anonymous

    SAJA Journalism Awards are now closed.

    A big thank you to the judges who helped us recognize great journalism this year! See their names below. And watch the whole awards ceremony here.

  • 2019-08-17 9:10 PM | Anonymous

    Congratulations to the winners and finalists of the 2019 SAJA awards!

    The Daniel Pearl Award for outstanding reporting about South Asia: All media

    WINNER: Ari Alstedter

    The Billionaires and the Guru


    WINNER: Annie Gowen

    The rise of Hindu nationalism in Modi's India (series of stories)

    The Washington Post


    Nahlah Ayed, Stephanie Jenzer

    1 year after Rohingya exodus, only handful have returned


    Sophia Jones

    The Many Dangers of Being an Afghan Woman in Uniform

    The New York Times

    Outstanding enterprise reporting about South Asia or the worldwide South Asian diaspora: All media

    WINNER: Apoorva Mandavilli

    The World’s Worst Industrial Disaster Is Still Unfolding

    The Atlantic


    Sonia Paul

    The children of H-1B visa holders are growing up — and still waiting for green cards

    PRI's The World

    Sarita Santoshini

    India's Hill Country is the First Stop on Heroin's Deadly Route

    Foreign Policy

    Outstanding business reporting about South Asia, or the worldwide South Asian diaspora: All media

    WINNER: Makepeace Sitlhou

    Sweet or Salty: Could Black Rice Become Manipur’s Quinoa?



    Ambreen Ali

    At the Wheel: Women Drive Pakistan's Ride-Sharing Industry

    Ananya Bhattacharya

    Blockchain is helping build a new Indian city, but it’s no cure for corruption

    Quartz India

    Outstanding arts, culture, and lifestyle reporting about South Asia, or the worldwide South Asian diaspora: All media

    WINNER: Sarah Khan

    Surface: Force of Nature



    Bhavya Dore

    This Boy From Mumbai Became the World’s Unlikeliest Crossword King


    Annalisa Merelli

    How a school for poor girls cracked the patriarchy in a rural Indian town

    Quartz India

    Outstanding story on any subject: All media

    WINNER: Anjali Enjeti

    Reckoning with Georgia's Increasing Suppression of Asian American Voters



    Aditi Malhotra

    Support family or go to school? Rohingya refugee teen juggles competing demands

    PBS Newshour

    Sonia Paul

    When Caste Discrimination Comes to the United States

    NPR Codeswitch

    Outstanding piece of non-fiction writing about South Asia, or the worldwide South Asians diaspora: All media

    WINNER: Shaheen Pasha

    Searching for the Woman Who Saved My Immigrant Family from Homelessness



    Archana Chaudhary and Jeanette Rodrigues

    How to Lose $3.2 Billion of Bitcoin From India to Texas


    Amar Shah

    To many Indian Americans, Apu is offensive. To me, he’s my dad.

    The Washington Post

    Outstanding multimedia about South Asia, or the worldwide South Asian diaspora: All media

    WINNER: Habiba Nosheen, Shanifa Nasser and Virginia Smart

    Canada's Muslim Adoption Ban



    Anjali Kamat

    The Many Red Flags of Trump’s Partners in India

    Type Investigations + Trump Inc. (a podcast from WNYC and ProPublica)

    Leena Sanzgiri

    The Prayer

    NPR WAMU 88.5

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