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HQ NOTE: SAJA Awards Deadline; Internship Fund; SAJA Career Expo @ AAJA Convention; SAJA Comes To Your City‏

2013-05-07 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.

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
Direct all questions to Anup Kaphle, (subject line = "SAJA Awards 2013") 

If you'd like to volunteer to help us judge, please contact Anup Kaphle:
 (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:

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.
  • 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 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

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 or SAJA Secretary Shefali Kulkarni at
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