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HQ NOTE: Gala Tickets; SAJA @The Met; Sri Lankan Press Freedom Lecture; SAJA Comes To CBS; SAJA Comes To CNN-DC‏

2013-09-12 12:24 AM | Anonymous
SAJA Annual Gala and Awards Dinner

Hurry and purchase your tickets to SAJA's Annual Gala and Awards Dinner in New York City on October 5th! Our 'Early Bird' prices will end on September 8th! So get your tickets now while they are still on sale!

Until September 8th
Student Members (first 20 members): $100
SAJA Members: $200
Non-Members: $250

On October 5th, 2013 please join us for our annual awards dinner and gala at The Yale Club as we 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!

ESPN's Kevin Negandhi and Emmy award-winning journalist Soledad O'Brien will be joining SAJA for their annual Awards Dinner and Gala

SAJA friend and supporter Soledad O'Brien will be our keynote speaker for the evening. Emmy-award winning O'Brien recently signed on with Al Jazeera America's evening news program America Tonight as a special correspondent. Kevin Negandhi of ESPN's SportsCenter, and a SAJA friend and member, will be the emcee for the evening.

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

Is your news organization or media company is interested in purchasing a corporate table? It will include 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!**

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

Please note: Tickets are non-refundable.

SAJA @The Metropolitan Museum of Art

SAJA will be hosting a special, free lecture and exhibit with SAJA friend and artist, Imran Qureshi, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. Get a chance to walk through the Islamic Art Exhibit where Qureshi's current gallery of Indian Moghul artwork is on display. Then mingle and network with the artist himself and fellow SAJA members at the museum's beautiful rooftop garden.

This is an exclusive event for SAJA members.

Registration Mandatory
Please register here!

WHERE: Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 5th Ave (Corner of East 82nd Street) New York, N.Y.
WHEN: Thursday, September 12, 2013
Time: 6:30 P.M. - 9:00 P.M.

Any questions, contact SAJA Vice President Sharaf Mowjood: vp [at]

The rooftop garden of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City

SAJA & SLWB Press Freedom Lecture

SAJA's Toronto group and Sri Lankans Without Borders present the Lasantha Wickrematunge Memorial Lecture in support of press freedom and human rights.

Lasantha Wickrematunge was the founder and editor of Sri Lanka's Sunday Leader newspaper. Wickrematunge was known to be extreamely vocal about government corruption, and was gunned down on January 8, 2009 in a Colombo suburb.

The program will consist of Q&A's, discussions and a reception with: Sonali Samrasinghe, J.S. Tissainayagam, Stewart Bell, Sanjana Hattotuwa and more!

WHEN: Saturday, September 21th, 2013
WHERE: Ryerson University, 350 Victoria Street, Toronto, Ontario, M5B 2K3
Time: 12:00 P.M. - 5:00 P.M.

More information here:

SAJA Comes To CBS News!

Here's a chance to get an exclusive behind the scenes look at CBS News!

Join fellow SAJA members as CBS News producers will give us a newsroom tour around the CBS studios. This event is free for SAJA members!

We will then watch the live national newscast of "CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley" from the control room and studio.
5:30 P.M. - Registration/Security
5:45 P.M. - 6:30 P.M. - Newsroom & Studio Tour
6:30 P.M. - 7:00 P.M. - Watch Scott Pelley host his live telecast of "CBS Evening News"
7:00 P.M. - 7:30 P.M. - Q&A with CBS recruiters, producers and talents

WHEN: Thursday, September 26th, 2013
WHERE: CBS Broadcast Center, 530 West 57th Street (between 10th & 11th Ave.) New York, N.Y. 10019
Time: 5:30 P.M. - 7:30 P.M. (Please arrive promptly!)

Registration is mandatory!
Register before opening slots fill up! Please register here!

SAJA Members: Free!
Non-Members: $10

Questions? Please contact SAJA President: Sovy Azhath - president [at]

Students Only: SAJA Comes To CNN in D.C. In October!
Here's a great way to get an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of the political headquarters at the CNN D.C. Bureau. Take a tour around the studios and watch how CNN reporters and producers report the day's top stories. And get a chance to talk to speak with CNN D.C. producers and on-air correspondents in an exclusive Q&A.

This event is open to 11 STUDENTS ONLY! So please sign up today before all slots are filled!

WHEN: Thursday, October 17th, 2013

WHERE: CNN - Washington DC Bureau

Register for this FREE event here!

More details coming soon!

Any questions, please contact: CNN D.C. Producer: Pallavi Reddy - pallavi.reddy [at] or SAJA Secretary: Shefali Kulkarni - secretary [at]
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