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SAJA Membership

Membership in SAJA is one of the easiest and least expensive ways to support SAJA. You don't have to be South Asian or a journalist to join!  Apply Online

Become a Member

Become part of the network of hundreds of members across the U.S. and Canada, who contribute financially and in many other ways in carrying out SAJA’s

SAJA offers three levels of membership:

Full membership: If you are a journalist and a resident of North America or working for a North American journalism organization.   

Student membership: If you are attending higher-education institutions or high schools in North America.

Associate membership: All other individuals, including non-journalists in North America and journalists living abroad.

All memberships are subject to the approval of the membership committee.


"...Being a SAJA member has been a very profound learning experience in my life. Something that I will always cherish."

Sara Aijazuddin, member since 1999

"I am amazed at the support and fraternity that exists in SAJA. It is incredible that such a fantastic support network exists for South Asian journalists in the country!"

Priyanka Pathak, member since 2004

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SAJA Student Membership

Students may apply for membership by going to our membership application.  Membership is just $20 a year.

SAJA student members enjoy many of the benefits of full membership at a discounted rate. Many of our 150 student members receive career mentorship, student scholarships and are eligible for the annual SAJA Journalism Awards.

SAJA student membership is open only to those studying in the United States and Canada. Student members need to demonstrate an interest in the field, but do not have to be full time journalists. Almost all of our student members are either enrolled in graduate, undergraduate or high school journalism programs, work for the school media or have held (or are applying for) internship positions.

Please do not hesitate to contact us. We are committed to increasing the number of South Asian student journalists and increasing the number of South Asians who enter the profession.

Career Services

Experienced SAJA members, including journalists from a range of news outlets, provide mentorship, career counseling and help with internships/job searches.

SAJA hosts an annual job fair and offers other career development opportunities at its annual convention.

Student members also receive select e-mail notices of journalism events and opportunities to pitch and cover events for under the direction of editors.


As part of the annual SAJA Journalism Awards, we present student awards with cash prizes.


Since 2010, SAJA has awarded $20,000 in student scholarships each year.


A growing number of colleges have SAJA chapters. We can help you start one at your school and find speakers or put together events.

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