EVENTS & HAPPENINGS

  • Monday, September 09, 2013 7:02 PM | Anonymous
    NEW YORK - The South Asian Journalists Association ( SAJA) and SAJA Group Inc. are pleased to announce the finalists in its annual journalism awards contest.

    Finalists for the SAJA 2013 Journalism Awards for work published in 2012 include journalism pieces published in
    The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, and The Atlantic, among others.

    This year, SAJA received more than 115 entries in 9 categories. Finalists were selected by nine different judges who are reporters, editors and writers from around the United States. The winners will be announced at
    SAJA's 19th Annual Awards Gala on Saturday, October 5, 2013 at the Yale Club in New York City.

    Each award winner will receive a certificate and the student winners will receive an additional cash prize.


    SAJA JOURNALISM AWARD FINALISTS

    The Daniel Pearl Award for outstanding reporting about South Asia

    The Man Who Retrieves The Taliban’s Dead

    Kevin Sieff
    The Washington Post

    Why This 13-Year Old’s Parents Want Her Married Despite India’s Laws

    Stephanie Nolen
    The Globe and Mail

    A Woman's Drug-Resistant TB Echoes Around The World
    Geeta Anand

    The Wall Street Journal

    *****


    Outstanding enterprise reporting about South Asia or the worldwide South Asian diaspora


    Falak: The Complete True Story Of ‘India’s Baby’

    Paul Beckett and Krishna Pokharel
    The Wall Street Journal

    Mother India Starves Her Children

    Bloomberg staff

    Sri Lanka: Kidney Ailment Linked To Farm Chemicals

    Rhitu Chatterjee
    PRI’s The World

    *****


    Outstanding business story about South Asia, or the worldwide South Asians diaspora

    Microhydro Drives Change In Rural Nepal

    Amy Yee
    The New York Times

    Lender’s Own Probe Links It To Suicides

    Erika Kinetz
    Associated Press

    Poor In India Starve As Politicians Steal $14.5 Billion Worth Of Food

    Mehul Srivasta and Andrew MacAskill
    Bloomberg

    *****


    Outstanding arts and culture reporting about South Asia, or the worldwide South Asians diaspora

    In Nepal, After Revolt, ‘Art Was Changed Forever’
    Amy Yee

    The New York Times

    1,100 Pounds Of Matzo In Kathmandu: Welcome To The World's Largest Seder
    Amy Yee

    The Atlantic

    Afghanistan's Online War Of Words

    Ali M. Latifi
    Al Jazeera

    *****


    Outstanding feature story about South Asia, or the worldwide South Asians diaspora

    Early Death Assured In India Where 900M Don’t Eat Enough
    Mehul Srivastava and Adi Narayan

    Bloomberg

    A Woman's Drug-Resistant TB Echoes Around The World
    Geeta Anand

    The Wall Street Journal

    Jism 2: Film Review
    Lisa Tsering

    The Hollywood Reporter

    *****


    Outstanding editorial/commentary on South Asia, or the worldwide South Asians diaspora

    The Dark Side Of India's 'Mr Clean'

    Dan Morrison
    Al Jazeera

    Shooting Attack On Sikh Temple Is Attack On All Of Us
    Aisha Sultan

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch

    In India, A Small Pill, With Positive Side Effects
    Amy Yee

    The New York Times

    *****


    Outstanding story on any subject: For South Asian journalists


    A Woman's Drug-Resistant TB Echoes Around The World
    Geeta Anand

    The Wall Street Journal

    ‘Perversion Files’ Show Locals Helped Cover Up

    Nigel Duara
    The Associated Press

    Rap Sheet: H. Rap Brown, Civil Rights Revolutionary - Cop Killer Or FBI Target?
    Obaid H. Siddiqui

    Illume Magazine

    *****


    Outstanding editorial/op-ed/commentary on any subject: For South Asian Journalists

    Disparity In Pay Divides Doctors
    Manoj Jain

    The Washington Post

    How Indian Immigrants Could Save The Republican Party
    S. Mitra Kalita

    Quartz

    ‘Truly Civil’ Torture
    Anil Kalhan

    ImmigrationProf Blog

    *****


    Outstanding story on any subject by a South Asian student in the United States or Canada


    Keeping Turkana Girls in School and The Future of Education in Turkana
    Dipti Kumar

    Video: http://bit.ly/17kdCIi

    What Are You Doing to Fix India’s Broken Education System?
    Rakesh Mani


    The Long Farewell: A Medicine That’s Transforming The Way We Live

    Anjali Thomas
  • Sunday, August 04, 2013 12:41 PM | Anonymous
    Emmy Award-Winning Journalist Soledad O'Brien Will Be Our Keynote Speaker For The 2013 SAJA Annual Awards Gala!

    On October 5th, 2013 please join us for our annual awards dinner and gala at The Yale Club in New York City!

    We will honor and recognize excellence in journalism coverage of South Asia as well as outstanding reporting by South Asian journalists. This will be a fantastic opportunity to network with fellow SAJA members, other reporters, editors and producers from reputable media outlets such as: CNN, CBS News, Al Jazeera America, Dow Jones/The Wall Street Journal, ESPN, NBC News, and The New York Times to name a few!

    SAJA friend and supporter Soledad O'Brien will be our keynote speaker for the evening. O'Brien is the chairman and CEO of Starfish Media Group and produces documentaries and reports for HBO's Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel. She recently signed on with Al Jazeera America's evening news program America Tonight as a special correspondent.

    Stay tuned for more details on speakers and presenters!

    WHERE: The Yale Club of New York City, 50 Vanderbilt Avenue, New York, N.Y. 10017 (Directly across from Grand Central Terminal in Midtown Manhattan)

    WHEN: Saturday October 5th, 2013
    Time: 5:00 - 9:00 P.M.

    Purchase Tickets Here: http://saja.org/events?eventId=711262&EventViewMode=EventDetails

    Get your tickets now before prices go up!
    There will be no onsite registration for the Gala, so secure your seats today!

    EARLY BIRD TICKET SPECIALS: Register by September 8th to get these discounted prices!
    Student Members (the first 20 members) : $100
    SAJA Members: $200
    Non-members: $250

    After September 8th: Regular Ticket Prices
    Student Members: $125
    SAJA Members: $250
    Non-Members: $300

    Is your news organization interested in purchasing a Corporate Table?
    It includes 10 tickets and a special recognition by SAJA!

    Corporate Tables: $2,500/table (10 tickets)

    Companies interested in paying for their corporate table by check can make their check payable to: SAJA Group Inc. and please mail their check to:

    John Laxmi
    SAJA Treasurer
    17 Cotswood Road, Greenwich, C.T. 06830

    Tickets are only available until September 30, 2013!
    Please note: Tickets are non-refundable.


    This is a banquet-style dinner. Please dress in formal attire. Many attending will be wearing South Asian-style, in tune with the organization's region of focus, but all styles are welcome.
  • Thursday, August 01, 2013 5:30 PM | Anonymous
    ESPN SPORTSCENTER ANCHOR KEVIN NEGANDHI WILL BE THE MASTER OF CEREMONIES FOR THE 2013 SAJA GALA!
     
    On October 5th, 2013 please join us for our annual awards dinner and gala at The Yale Club in New York City!

    We will honor and recognize excellence in journalism coverage of South Asia as well as outstanding reporting by South Asian journalists. This is a fantastic opportunity to network with fellow SAJA members, other reporters, editors and producers from reputable media outlets. SAJA friend and member Kevin Negandhi of ESPN's SportsCenter will be emceeing the evening.

    Stay tuned for more details on speakers and presenters!

    WHERE: The Yale Club of New York City, 50 Vanderbilt Avenue, New York, N.Y. 10017

    WHEN: Saturday October 5th, 2013
    Time: 5:00 - 9:00 P.M.

    Purchase Tickets Here: http://saja.org/events?eventId=711262&EventViewMode=EventDetails


    Get your tickets now before prices go up!
    There will be no onsite registration for the Gala, so secure your seats today!

    EARLY BIRD TICKET SPECIALS: Register by September 8th to get these discounted prices!
    Student Members (the first 20 members) : $100
    SAJA Members: $200
    Non-members: $250


    After September 8th: Regular Ticket Prices
    Student Members: $125
    SAJA Members: $250
    Non-Members: $300

    Is your news organization interested in purchasing a Corporate Table? It includes 10 tickets and a special recognition by SAJA!

    Corporate Tables: $2,500/table (10 tickets)

    Companies interested in paying for their corporate table by check can make their check payable to: SAJA Group Inc. and please mail their check to:

    John Laxmi
    SAJA Treasurer
    17 Cotswood Road, Greenwich, C.T. 06830


    Tickets are only available until September 30, 2013!
    Please note: Tickets are non-refundable.

    This is a banquet-style dinner. Please dress in formal attire. Many attending will be wearing South Asian-style, in tune with the organization's region of focus, but all styles are welcome.

  • Friday, July 26, 2013 10:27 PM | Anonymous
    CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR 2013 SUMMER INTERNSHIP FUND RECIPIENTS!

    Thank you to all the applicants for this summer's Internship Fund scholarship program. We received a number of talented applications.

    The winners for the SAJA 2013 Summer Internship Fund are: Naveena Sadasivam, Tanay Warerkar and Sameea Kamal.

    The SAJA Internship Fund is a need-based grant that is awarded to three student journalists who secured partially-paid or unpaid internships this summer. Students are awarded these funds based on a solid interest in journalism, clear writing skills, and an enthusiasm for participating in and fulfilling SAJA's mission.

    We would like to give a special thanks to our judges for this summer's Internship Fund:

    Pallavi Reddy, Producer, CNN
    Ankita Rao, Web Reporter, Kaiser Health News
    Amita Parashar, SAJA Board Member, Production Assistant, NPR
    Sovy Azhath, President of SAJA, Producer/Writer, CNN/HLN
    Shefali Kulkarni, Secretary of SAJA, Freelancer


    NAVEENA SADASIVAM
    Naveena Sadasivam is a science writer pursuing an MA in Science, Health and Environmental Reporting at New York University. She is currently interning at Inside Climate News. Naveena was awarded $1,500.00 to help her pursue her internship and journalism career.


    TANAY WARERKAR
    Tanay Warerkar earned a master’s degree at Columbia’s Graduate School of Journalism in May with a concentration in Newspaper Writing. He is now interning at the New York Daily News in the Brooklyn Bureau covering everything from neighbors complaining about dog poop to the fight to save Long Island College Hospital. Tanay was awarded $1,200.00 to help him pursue his internship and journalism career.


    SAMEEA KAMAL
    Sameea Kamal earned her master’s degree from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, and after graduating this past May, is now interning at the business desk of The Hartford Courant in Connecticut. Sameea was awarded $1,500.00 to help her pursue her internship and journalism career.


    For information or questions about the SAJA Internship Fund email SAJA Secretary Shefali Kulkarni: secretary@saja.org
  • Wednesday, July 10, 2013 12:00 AM | Anonymous
    SAJA's Annual Awards Dinner On Saturday Oct. 5th

    Join us for our annual awards dinner and gala at The Yale Club in New York City!

    We will honor and recognize excellence in journalism coverage of South Asia as well as outstanding reporting by South Asian journalists.

    This is a fantastic opportunity to network with fellow SAJA members, other reporters, editors and producers from reputable media outlets.

    Please stay tuned for updates on the evening's events and program schedule.

    EARLY BIRD TICKET SPECIALS HAPPENING NOW!:

    Register by September 8th to get these discounted prices!

    Student Members (the first 20 members) : $100
    SAJA Members: $200
    Non-members: $250

    Regular Ticket Prices (After September 8th):
    Student Members: $125
    SAJA Members: $250
    Non-Members: $300

    Corporate Tables: $2,500/table (10 tickets) Companies interested in paying for their corporate table by check can make their check payable to:
    SAJA Group Inc. And please mail their check to:

    John Laxmi
    SAJA Treasurer
    17 Costwood Road, Greenwich, C.T. 06830

    Tickets are only available until September 30, 2013!

    There will be no onsite registration, so secure your seats today!

    Please note: Tickets are non-refundable.

    Buy Tickets Here: http://saja.org/events?eventId=711262&EventViewMode=EventDetails

    This is a banquet-style dinner. Please dress in formal attire. Many attending will be wearing South Asian-style, in tune with the organization's region of focus, but all styles are welcome.

    SAJA Job Fair @ AAJA National Convention

    This year, SAJA will be hosting its job fair in conjunction with the AAJA National Convention this summer at the Hilton New York Midtown Manhattan.

    SAJA members will have a special one day rate on Friday, August 23, 2013 with complete access to the job fair as well as workshops, panel discussions, and AAJA's silent auction later that night.

    Those interested in attending the full AAJA National Convention from Wednesday, August 21st - Saturday August 24th can get a SAJA discount rate as well.

    **SAJA will be hosting a happy hour networking mixer on Friday August 23rd, 2013. This will be an opportunity for SAJA members to mingle with fellow SAJA and AAJA members from across the country. You don't have to be registered for the AAJA Convention to attend this mixer. This mixer will be open to everyone. Details coming soon!**

    You will need to register through the AAJA Convention site.
    To register, please follow the guidelines on this link:
    Career Fair & Expo/Convention Registration

    The discount code for SAJA members is SAJA2013, to be entered at the check-out page.

    Registration Dates Below:
    Day rate for Friday, August 23rd - $175

    Full convention: Regular Registration/All registrations through 8/24 - $375

    Any questions, please direct them to AAJA office at 415.346.2051, ext. 105, or email at support@aaja.org

    2013 Knowledge@Wharton Scholarship for Business Journalism: Applications Now Open!

    The Wharton Seminars for Business Journalists is pleased to present its flagship program: The Wharton Seminars for Business Journalists.

    This is a unique opportunity to attend the Wharton Seminars for Business Journalists on a scholarship, exclusively set aside for a SAJA member. Scholarships are also set aside for members of AAJA, NAHJ, NAJA and NLGJA. This year's seminars will be held on Sunday, October 13, 2013 - Wednesday, October 16, 2013.

    Each scholarship (which covers the cost of tuition, course materials and most meals) is worth approximately $1,995 and is furnished by The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

    Who Can Apply?

    Any member of SAJA, AAJA, NAHJ, NAJA and NLGJA who is a reporter, editor or producer (including freelancers) currently living in the United States or Canada and working in a business journalism or a field that overlaps, such as healthcare or technology.
    Applicants must be available to attend the Wharton program this year.
    Individuals between two to seven years of experience as a business reporter or those news to business reporting, but with 5 - 10 years of experience as a reporter in another field are encouraged to apply.
    Freelancers are welcome to apply

    For more information, including last year's scholarship winners, click here: http://saja.org/wharton

    APPLICATION: http://www.wharton.upenn.edu/journalists/pl-session-2011.cfm


    DEADLINE TO APPLY: Friday, September 6, 2013

    Winners will be informed by September 13, 2013

    Questions? Contact SAJA Secretary Shefali Kulkarni - secretary@saja.org


    This Summer: SAJA Comes To Your City

    SAJA is looking to come to a city near you this summer! In the past we've hosted events in New York City, Washington, D.C., Atlanta, Seattle, Las Vegas, Boston, Bay Area and Toronto. And we would love to host a happy hour, mixer, panel, informational session, or any other event that will help benefit our North American members. We love hearing from our members and want to collaborate with all of you.

    If you are interested in hosting an event in your city please feel free to contact SAJA President Sovy Azhath at president@saja.org or SAJA Secretary Shefali Kulkarni at secretary@saja.org.
  • Tuesday, June 11, 2013 11:52 AM | Anonymous
    Save the Date! 2013 SAJA Gala
    We are pleased to announce our annual Gala and Awards Dinner will be held in the fall for the first time in SAJA's nearly 20-year history!

    Please save the date: Saturday, October 5th, 2013 from 5:00 P.M. - 9:00 P.M.
    in New York City


    We will be hosting cocktails and banquet-style dinner at the Yale Club in Midtown Manhattan. We will honor and recognize excellence in journalism coverage in South Asia as well as outstanding reporting by South Asian journalists. This is a fantastic opportunity to network with fellow SAJA members, and other reporters, editors, producers from reputable media outlets.

    Registration and ticket information coming soon! Please save the date.

     
    SAJA Summer Job Fair @ AAJA National Convention

    This year, SAJA will be hosting its job fair in conjunction with the AAJA National Convention this summer at the Hilton New York Midtown Manhattan.

    SAJA members will have a special one day rate on Friday, August 23, 2013 with complete access to the job fair as well as workshops, panel discussions, and AAJA's silent auction later that night.


    Additionally, SAJA will be hosting a special networking mixer near the convention headquarters on Friday, August 23rd after the day's activities. Get the chance to interact and mingle with the national SAJA board, fellow SAJA members and AAJA members from across the country. More details coming soon!


    Those interested in attending the full AAJA National Convention from Wednesday, August 21st - Saturday August 24th can get a SAJA discount rate as well.

    You will need to register through the AAJA Convention site. 
    To register, please follow the guidelines on this link:

    The discount code for SAJA members is SAJA2013, to be entered at the check-out page.

    Registration Dates Below:
    Day rate for Friday, August 23rd - $175

    Full convention: Pre-Registration Payment received by Friday, 6/14 - $300

    Full convention: Regular Registration/All registrations through 8/24 - $375


    Any questions, please direct them to AAJA office at 415.346.2051, ext. 105, or email at support@aaja.org
     
    This Summer: SAJA Comes To Your City

    SAJA is looking to come to a city near you this summer! In the past we've hosted events in New York City, Washington, D.C., Atlanta, Seattle, Las Vegas, Boston, Bay Area and Toronto. And we would love to host a happy hour, mixer, panel, informational session, or any other event that will help benefit our North American members. We love hearing from our members and want to collaborate with all of you.


    If you are interested in hosting an event in your city please feel free to contact SAJA President Sovy Azhath at president@saja.org or SAJA Secretary Shefali Kulkarni at secretary@saja.org.
  • Tuesday, May 07, 2013 1:58 PM | Anonymous
    SAJA Awards Due Today!

    Today is the LAST DAY to submit your applications for our annual awards! Hurry and take a look at the 11 categories we have and apply today!

    This award recognizes excellence in coverage of South Asia, as well as outstanding reporting by South Asian journalists and students in the U.S. and Canada.

    The 2013
     Awards, which are open to journalists, media companies and freelancers headquartered in the U.S. and Canada, consist of the following categories:

    For journalists (including freelancers) working for media outlets based in North America:

    Submissions can include print articles, editorials, photographs and new media pieces published, and broadcasts aired, in 2012.

    DEADLINES:
    The final deadline is Today.

    ENTRY FEE (entries without payment will NOT be processed): $50

    We have eliminated the entry fee for students, but will accept only one submission per student.

    You can submit by clicking on the categories above or going to
     saja.submittable.com
    ---
    Direct all questions to Anup Kaphle, awards@saja.org (subject line = "SAJA Awards 2013") 

    If you'd like to volunteer to help us judge, please contact Anup Kaphle: awards@saja.org
     (subject line = "SAJA judge")

     
     
    SAJA Internship Fund Now Taking Applications

    Students & Recent Grads: Got an internship lined up for the summer? We are offering funding for those of you who have acquired a low-paying or unpaid internship for this summer.


    Shrinking newsroom budgets mean fewer fully paid internships. If an enterprising student can secure an unpaid or partially paid internship at a media organization, a little financial help from SAJA to meet basic expenses will help the student gain valuable experience and clips.


    This year, SAJA will grant up to $4,500 distributed among three students who have already secured internships, but may find it difficult to accept because they are partially paid or unpaid.

    This is a need-based grant. Up to three students will receive between $500 and $1,500 each for the summer.


    Students from all mediums (newspaper, magazine, radio, TV and new media) will be considered.


    For more information visit: www.saja.org/internshipfund


    Selection Criteria:

    • Must have already secured internship at a recognized media organization. Please include internship offer letter, terms of remuneration, length of internship, and point of contact as part of application package.
    • Applicants with financial need will be given special consideration. We will determine financial need based on whether they have a fully paid, partially paid or unpaid internship.
    • Interest in journalism based on work samples: 3 to 5 clips.
    • A "give back to SAJA" plan. Recipients are expected to give back to SAJA by volunteering at the annual convention or in other ways approved by the SAJA board of directors.
    Eligibility:
    • Current students who are juniors, or graduating seniors in an accredited college or university (two-year or four-year) in North America; or a student enrolled or about to enter a graduate-level program in North America.
    • Of South Asian descent (includes Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka; Indo-Caribbeans are also eligible) OR demonstrate a clear interest in South Asia or the diaspora.
    • Must have an internship offer from a recognized media organization.

    Note: College or graduate students graduating in May/June 2013 are eligible. Immediate relatives of SAJA board members and judges are INELIGIBLE to apply.

    Evaluation Procedure:

    A committee of judges appointed by SAJA board of directors will review the applications and evaluate them on a number of subjective and objective criteria, including interest in journalism, writing skills, reasons for entering journalism, financial need and participation and enthusiasm about SAJA.


    Applicants may be interviewed by phone or in person by a member of the judges' committee. Winners will be notified in mid-June.


    Award Process:

    The student will be paid in two installments, one at the start, and one at the completion of the internship.
    Payment of second installment will be dependent on the student coming up with a plan to contribute/give back to SAJA.

    Each student will be required to complete a report/survey to SAJA on the program, to help board decide on the program's viability.


    APPLICATION DEADLINE: 11:59 p.m. EST, Saturday, June 1st, 2013

    Please contact SAJA Secretary Shefali Kulkarni secretary@saja.org with questions or to send supporting application materials.
     
    SAJA Career Expo at the AAJA National Convention

    This year, SAJA will be having its job fair in conjunction with the AAJA (Asian American Journalists Association) National Convention this summer at the Hilton New York in Midtown Manhattan.

    SAJA members will have a special one day rate on Friday August 23, 2013 with complete access to the job fair as well as workshops, panel discussions, and AAJA's silent auction later that night.

    Those interested in attending the full AAJA National Convention from Wednesday Aug 21st- Saturday Aug 24th can get a SAJA discount rate as well.
    You will need to register through the AAJA Convention site. 
    To register, please follow the guidelines on this link:

    The discount code for SAJA members is SAJA2013, to be entered at the check-out page.

    Registration Dates Below:

    Day rate for Friday, August 23rd - $175
    Full-Pre-Convention rate - $300


    Any questions, please direct them to AAJA office at 415.346.2051, ext. 105, or email at support@aaja.org

     
    This Summer: SAJA Comes To Your City

    SAJA is looking to come to a city near you this summer! In the past we've hosted events in New York City, Washington, D.C., Atlanta, Seattle, Las Vegas, Boston, Bay Area and Toronto. And we would love to host a happy hour, mixer, panel, informational session, or any other event that will help benefit our North American members. We love hearing from our members and want to collaborate with all of you.  
    If you are interested in hosting an event in your city please feel free to contact SAJA President Sovy Azhath at president@saja.org or SAJA Secretary Shefali Kulkarni at secretary@saja.org.
  • Tuesday, May 07, 2013 1:57 PM | Anonymous
    SAJA Reporting Fellowship Winners Announced

    NEW YORK, May 2, 2013 - The South Asian Journalists Association (SAJA) and SAJA Group Inc. are proud to announce the winners of the 2013 SAJA Reporting Fellowships Program.

    SAJA will support the following projects with a total of about $8,000 in funding:
    1. Sarika Bansal, a freelancer, will work on a project mental health in India with a grant of $3,000.

    2. Kim Wall, a freelancer, along with Anna Stevenson, will explore post-war Tamil repatriation with a grant of $4,000.

    3. Anika Gupta, a freelancer, will work on a project charting India's battle over social media with a grant of $1,000.

    SAJA received more than 70 entries for the 2013 program. A rigorous, two-round judging process was used to pick the winners.

    "The number of high-caliber entries made the judging process extremely difficult," said Sandeep Junnarkar, the chair of the SAJA Reporting Fellowships. "The judges found that the winners' projects stood out for their timeliness and compelling  storyline, and we're eagerly looking forward to seeing the finished work."

    The completed work is expected to be available to news organizations around the world at no cost in early July 2013.

    This year SAJA plans to provide up to $20,000 in funding for the SAJA Reporting Fellowships in the fall. Please check SAJA.org for more information in July, 2013. 

    Open to freelancers and staff journalists in any medium, the fellowships are meant to encourage in-depth reporting projects about South Asia and the South Asian Diaspora through special grants. The resulting work is available for use by news organizations at no charge. The completed work of previous year's fellows may be viewed here: http://saja.org/srf
     

    The judges for the final round were: Deepti Hajela, a newswoman at the Associated Press and former SAJA president; Brent McDonald, a video journalist at the New York Times; and Steve Strasser, associate professor at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism and former managing editor of Newsweek International. The judges for the first two rounds were members of the SAJA board.

    ABOUT SAJA:
    SAJA, the South Asian Journalists Association, was founded in March 1994 as a networking group for journalists of South Asian origin in New York City. It has grown into a national group of more than 1,000 journalists working for leading publications, broadcast networks and online outlets in various cities in the US and Canada.

    SAJA works closely with SAJA Group, Inc., a 501(c)(3) organization.

    Details of SAJA's activities and resources for journalists are available at

    SAJA Group, Inc. is a non-profit charitable organization (EIN: 55-0844632)
    and is registered with the State of New York Charities Bureau
    (Registration Number 20-70-28).
  • Monday, April 22, 2013 11:48 PM | Anonymous
    Deadline Extension! Annual SAJA Awards Deadline Moved to May 7th!

    Good News Journalists! The deadline for this years' SAJA Awards has been pushed back to Tuesday, May 7th, 2013.

    We invite individual journalists, and news organizations in North America to submit entries for this year's SAJA Journalism Awards.

    Applicants do not have to be South Asian to enter.

    This award recognizes excellence in coverage of South Asia, as well as outstanding reporting by South Asian journalists and students in the U.S. and Canada.

    For journalists (including freelancers) working for media outlets based in North America:
    Category 1: The Daniel Pearl Award for outstanding reporting about South Asia: All media
    Category 2: Outstanding enterprise reporting about South Asia or the worldwide South Asian diaspora: All media
    Category 3: Outstanding reporting on the shooting at Oak Creek Sikh Temple in Wisconsin: All media
    Category 4: Outstanding business story about South Asia, or the worldwide South Asians diaspora: All media
    Category 5: Outstanding arts and culture reporting about South Asia, or the worldwide South Asians diaspora: All media
    Category 6: Outstanding feature story about South Asia, or the worldwide South Asians diaspora: All media
    Category 7: Outstanding editorial/commentary on South Asia, or the worldwide South Asians diaspora: All media
    Category 8: Outstanding visual storytelling about South Asia, or the worldwide South Asians diaspora (includes audio slide shows, photo essays and video stories)
    For journalists of South Asian origin working in North America for any media outlet:
    Category 9: Outstanding story on any subject: All media
    Category 10: Outstanding editorial/op-ed/commentary on any subject: All media
    Students of South Asian origin in North America:(1st, 2nd, 3rd place-cash award)
    Category 11: Outstanding story on any subject by a South Asian student in the US or Canada: All media
    Submissions can include print articles, editorials, photographs and new media pieces published, and broadcasts aired, in 2012.

    ENTRY FEE (entries without payment will NOT be processed): $50

    We have eliminated the entry fee for students, but will accept only one submission per student.

    You can submit by clicking on the categories above or going to saja.submittable.com

    Any questions or if you are interested in volunteering to judge this years' awards please email SAJA Board Member Anup Kaphle at awards@saja.org

    (Please address your email with "SAJA Awards 2013" or "SAJA Judge" in the subject line)



    SAJA Announces It's Scholarship Winners!

    The South Asian Journalists Association is thrilled to announce the winners of its 2013 student scholarships. SAJA is awarding a record $53,000 to help high school, undergraduate and graduate students fund their journalism education.

    Each has shown dedication to journalism and the coverage of South Asia.
    GRADUATE SCHOLARSHIP - $5,000

    Divya Jeswani - City University of New York

    Mehboob Jeelani - Columbia University

    Sarah Khuwaja - City University of New York

    Muzhgan Mia Rasul - Columbia University
    Mihir Zaveri - University of California-Berkeley

    Angela Zonunpari - Syracuse University


    UNDERGRADUATE SCHOLARSHIP - $3,000

    Fareeha Amir - University of Missouri

    Samantha Noreyana Fernando - Ithaca College

    Sabrina Ghaus - Tufts University

    Sanaa Jatoi - Mount Holyoke College

    Sarah Mahmood - Wellesley College

    Priyanka Tilve - Northwestern University



    HIGH SCHOOL SCHOLARSHIP - $2,500

    Astha Agarwal - Newton South High School, Newton, Mass.

    Shanze Tahir - Zionsville Community High School, Zionsville, Ill.



    The scholarships were judged by: Ambreen Ali, CQ Roll Call; Jigar Mehta, Matter, Board member; Meena Thiruvengadam, freelance journalist; Pallavi Reddi, CNN; Aarti Virani, freelance journalist; Raahkee Mirchandani, New York Daily News; Sudeep Reddy, Wall Street Journal; Kiran Khalid, EP Shell Oil; Shefali Kulkarni, freelance, board member.


    The SAJA Scholarships are made possible through generous contributions from the Krishna Kumar Gaur Scholarship Fund, the Arun I & Asmita Bhatia Foundation, and numerous individual and institutional donations. To donate to SAJA and help future scholarship classes, visit http://www.saja.org/donate.

    SAJA's Internship Fund Now Open For Applications!

    Calling all students! Got an unpaid or partially paid internship lined up this summer? A little financial help from SAJA's Internship Fund, to meet basic expenses, will help you gain valuable experience and clips.

    This year, SAJA will grant up to $4,500 distributed among three students who have already secured internships, but may find it difficult to accept because they are partially paid or unpaid. This is a need-based grant. Up to three students will receive between $500 and $1,500 each for the summer.

    Students from all mediums (newspaper, magazine, radio, TV and new media) will be considered.

    To apply, first register here: http://saja.org/events?eventId=667605&EventViewMode=EventDetails

    To complete your application, email secretary@saja.org with the following supporting materials:

    1. A copy of your offer letter.

    2. A copy of your resume.

    3. Attachments or links to 3-5 clips.

    4. Answers to the following questions (300 words or less each):

    a. What has driven your interest in SAJA, South Asia or the diaspora?
    b. How have you been involved with SAJA thus far?
    c. Detail the expenses you will incur to pursue this internship.
    d. Detail your financial need for this grant.
    e. Detail any other sources of funding you are receiving for this internship.

    Applications are due at 11:59 P.M. Saturday, June 1st, 2013.

    Incomplete or late applications will not be considered.

    Visit saja.org/internshipfund for complete details on the program.

    Please contact SAJA Secretary Shefali Kulkarni at secretary@saja.org with questions or to send supporting application materials.
  • Wednesday, April 10, 2013 8:37 PM | Anonymous
    SAJA Career Expo at the AAJA National Convention: Early Bird Special Deadline Is April 12th

    Hurry members! The deadline to get our Early Bird discount for the AAJA National Convention Career Expo is April 12th!

    SAJA members will have a special one day rate ($150) on Friday August 23, 2013 with complete access to the job fair as well as workshops, panel discussions, and AAJA's silent auction later that night.

    Those interested in attending the full AAJA National Convention from Wednesday Aug 21st - Saturday Aug 24th can get a SAJA discount rate as well.

    You will need to register through the AAJA Convention site. 

    To register, please follow the guidelines on this link:

    Career Fair & Expo/Convention Registration

    The discount code for SAJA members is SAJA2013, to be entered at the check-out page.

    Registration Dates & Prices Below:

    Day rate for Friday, August 23rd before April 12th - $150
    Day rate for Friday, August 23rd after April 12th - $175
    Full-Early Bird Convention rate before April 12th - $225
    Full-Pre-Convention rate after April 12th - $300
    Full Onsite rate after June 14th - $375

    Any questions, please direct them to AAJA office at 415.346.2051, ext. 105, or email at support@aaja.org.
     
    Send In Your Submissions: Deadline For SAJA Awards Is April 21st

    We need your submissions! The deadline for this years' SAJA Awards is Sunday, April 21st.


    We invite individual journalists and news organizations in North America to submit entries for this year's SAJA Journalism Awards.

    This award recognizes excellence in coverage of South Asia, as well as outstanding reporting by South Asian journalists and students in the U.S. and Canada.
    SAJA Board Member presents a SAJA Award to Habiba Nosheen and Hilke Schellmann

    The 2013
     Awards, which are open to journalists, media companies and freelancers headquartered in the U.S. and Canada, consist of the following categories:

    For journalists (including freelancers) working for media outlets based in North America:

    Submissions can include print articles, editorials, photographs and new media pieces published, and broadcasts aired, in 2012.

    ENTRY FEE (entries without payment will NOT be processed): $50

    We have eliminated the entry fee for students, but will accept only one submission per student.

    You can submit by clicking on the categories above or going to
     saja.submittable.com

    Any questions or if you are interested in volunteering to judge this years' awards please email SAJA Board Member Anup Kaphle at awards@saja.org

    (Please address your email with "SAJA Awards 2013" or "SAJA Judge" in the subject line)


     
    NEW: SAJA Internship Fund Is Now Taking Applications

    Calling all students! Got an unpaid or partially paid internship lined up this summer? A
    little financial help from SAJA's Internship Fund, to meet basic expenses, will help you gain valuable experience and clips.

    This year, 
    SAJA will grant up to $4,500 distributed among three students who have already secured internships, but may find it difficult to accept because they are partially paid or unpaid. This is a need-based grant. Up to three students will receive a minimum of $1,500 each for the summer.

    Students from all mediums (newspaper, magazine, radio, TV and new media) will be considered.


    To apply, first register here: http://saja.org/events?eventId=667605&EventViewMode=EventDetails


    To complete your application, email secretary@saja.org with the following supporting materials:

    1. A copy of your offer letter.

    2. A copy of your resume.


    3. Attachments or links to 3-5 clips.


    4. Answers to the following questions (300 words or less each):


    a. What has driven your interest in SAJA, South Asia or the diaspora?

    b. How have you been involved with SAJA thus far?

    c. Detail the expenses you will incur to pursue this internship.

    d. Detail your financial need for this grant.

    e. Detail any other sources of funding you are receiving for this internship.


    Applications are due at 11:59 P.M. Saturday, June 1st, 2013.
    Incomplete or late applications will not be considered.


    Visit 
    saja.org/internshipfund for complete details on the program.
      
    Please contact SAJA Secretary Shefali Kulkarni at secretary@saja.org with questions or to send supporting application materials.

     
    SAJA Comes To Your City!

    SAJA is looking to come to a city near you! In the past we've hosted events in New York City, Washington, D.C., Atlanta, Seattle, Las Vegas, Boston, Bay Area and Toronto. And we would love to host a happy hour, mixer, panel, informational session, or any other event that will help benefit our North American members. We love hearing from our members and want to collaborate with all of you.


    If you are interested in hosting an event in your city please feel free to contact SAJA President Sovy Azhath at president@saja.org or SAJA Secretary Shefali Kulkarni at secretary@saja.org.

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