SAJA Journalism Awards are now closed.

We are accepting nominations from journalists and news organizations for excellence in reporting on South Asia or the worldwide South Asian diaspora. This year, we are introducing two new award categories that recognize the two biggest events of 2020 - the COVID-19 pandemic and the Black Lives Matter movement. In these two specific categories, we are accepting nominations for work that is produced between January 1-August 15, 2020. Nominations for all other categories should include work produced in 2019. 

Winners will be awarded in our online awards event on October 3, 2020. For any questions, write to us at president@saja.org.

STAY TUNED FOR INFORMATION ON OUR AWARDS EVENT! 


ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

The submitted piece(s) of work must have:

  • Appeared in a US or Canadian news outlet between January 1, 2019, and December 31, 2019, unless stated otherwise in specific categories. Work published in a South Asian publication is NOT eligible for entry. 

  • Covered or focused on subjects about one or more than one South Asian countries or the South Asian worldwide diaspora. 

  • Been produced by journalists based anywhere in the world, but work published in a U.S. or Canadian outlets. 

Other criteria:

  • Awards are open to all US and Canadian media: national newspapers/TV channels, local/regional newspapers/TV channels, news and features websites, and other online platforms that DO NOT include personal or professional blogs.

  • Freelancers and journalists employed by newsrooms are both eligible to apply by submitting a story published in a North American publication.

  • Individuals may submit entries or organizations may enter the contest on behalf of their journalists.

  • Multiple entries may be made. However, the same entry/story cannot be submitted in different categories.

  • All media outlets must be based in North America. South Asian subsidiaries of North American companies will not be eligible, unless the same story has also been published in their North American outlet. 

  • Former SAJA board members are eligible to apply but they must not have served on the board since the past two years (2018). 

Note 1: The countries that we consider as part of "South Asia" are India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bangladesh, Maldives, Bhutan and Afghanistan

Note 2: No award will be presented in any category that doesn’t receive a minimum of 3 submissions.


CATEGORIES 

CLICK ON THE CATEGORIES TO APPLY 

1The Daniel Pearl Award for outstanding reporting about South Asia – All media 
Established in honor of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl, who was killed while reporting in Pakistan, this award recognizes outstanding explanatory or investigative reporting that exhibits the kind of courage and integrity that Pearl embodied in his work. The reporting can be a single article or a series on a specific topic.

2.Outstanding business story about South Asia, or the worldwide South Asian diaspora: All media
This award recognizes outstanding news, feature or explanatory reporting in business, technology and economics


3.Outstanding arts, culture, and lifestyle reporting about South Asia, or the worldwide South Asian diaspora: All media
This award recognizes outstanding reporting about arts, culture or lifestyle.

 

4.Outstanding piece of non-fiction writing about South Asia, or the worldwide South Asians diaspora: All media
This award recognizes outstanding creative writing, use of language, quality of articulation and coherence that covers news, sports, business, entertainment or any other aspect relating to South Asia or South Asians.

5.Outstanding photography about South Asia, or the worldwide South Asian diaspora
This award recognizes outstanding feature or breaking news photography in black and white or color in newspapers, magazines or digital publications that DO NOT include personal blogs.

6.Outstanding reporting on COVID-19 pandemic relating to South Asia, or the worldwide South Asian diaspora:All Media 

This award recognizes outstanding reporting on the coronavirus pandemic of 2020. All stories published between January 1 - August 22, 2020 are eligible for this award. 


CATEGORIES FOR SOUTH ASIAN JOURNALISTS WORKING IN NORTH AMERICA

 

7.Outstanding story on any subject: All media
This award recognizes outstanding reporting on any subject and in any medium by a journalist of South Asian origin.



8.Outstanding story on race & diversity following the 2020 Black Lives Matter movement: All media
This award recognizes reporting on the BLM movement, race relations, and the push to support diversity in 2020, as well as the fallout and impact of these movements. All stories published between January 1-August 22, 2020 are eligible for this award. 


CATEGORY FOR SOUTH ASIAN STUDENTS IN U.S.A OR CANADA

 

9.Outstanding story on any subject by a South Asian student in the US or Canada: All media

This award recognizes outstanding reporting on any subject by a South Asian student studying in North America. Reporting can be in any field or medium. Note: This category is for students of South Asian origin studying in North America

 




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