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SAJA Awards Deadline Extension; Scholarship Winners; SAJA Internship Fund‏

2013-04-22 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

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

(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.

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


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


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

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:

To complete your application, email 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 for complete details on the program.

Please contact SAJA Secretary Shefali Kulkarni at with questions or to send supporting application materials.
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