You are cordially invited to the

2016 South Asian Journalists Association's Awards Dinner

Early bird ticket sales end on Tuesday, July 5

When: Saturday, July 16, 2016
5:00 P.M. - 9:00 P.M.

Where: The National Press Club
529 14th Street NW, 13th Floor, Washington, D.C. 20045

Join us as we honor the best of South Asian American media, featuring awards for the best coverage of the South Asian diaspora and South Asian journalists, and panel sessions with top journalists and media professionals. Learn about the SAJA Reporting Fellowship, which provides funding to support journalists covering the South Asian diaspora, and join a top-notch social media workshop in Washington, D.C. with incredible networking opportunities. 

You don't have to be South Asian or a journalist to attend.

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SAJA is thrilled to announce our panel for the evening:

Tasneem Raja

Senior Editor, NPR's Code Switch.
Previously, she led the data team at Mother Jones

Swati Sharma

Deputy General Assignment  Editor for The Washington Post
Previously, she was The Post's Foreign Digital Editor

S. Mitra Kalita

Vice president for programming at CNN Digital.
Previously, she was the managing editor for editorial strategy at the Los Angeles Times

And our moderator for the evening:

John Ketchum, CNN

John Ketchum works on the social media team at CNN. Before that he was at the Center for Public Integrity, an investigative news outlet based in Washington, DC. While at CPI, John ran the center’s social media accounts and was responsible for the organization’s overall audience engagement strategy. Before coming to CPI John worked as a producer for NPR’s Morning Edition. Prior to NPR, John helped launch the Wealth and Poverty desk at Marketplace, the public radio program covering business and the economy.



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This is a banquet-style dinner. Please dress in festive attire. Many attending will be wearing South Asian-style, but all styles are welcome. *There will be a special raffle for attendees wearing South Asian attire!*

Can't make it to Washington D.C. on July 16? Please consider supporting SAJA and its scholarship programs here.

Meet SAJA's Distinguished Award Finalists 

Daniel Pearl Award
Azmat Khan - BuzzFeed
Syed Zain Al-Mahmood - WSJ
Khurrum Anis - Bloomberg

Outstanding Enterprise Reporting
Jesse Pesta and Preetika Rana - WSJ
Joanna Sugden and Aditi Malhotra - WSJ
Ryan Devereux - The Intercept

Outstanding Business Story
Amy Yee - Roads and Kingdoms
Diksha Madhok - QZ
Raymond Zhong - WSJ

Outstanding Arts and Culture Reporting
Mansi Choksi - The New Yorker
Maria Tavernini + Photos by Andrea de Franciscis -
Rhitu Chatterjee - PRI

Outstanding Feature Story
Gordon Fairclough - WSJ
Natalie Obiko Pearson - Bloomberg
Sanam Maher - New York Times

Outstanding Photography
Smita Sharma - New York Times
Jason Motlagh - Blackbeard Films
Jesse Pesta - WSJ

Outstanding Story on any Subject
Murtaza Hussain and Razan Ghalayini - The Intercept
Moni Basu - CNN
Lisa Desai and Yasmeen Qureshi - PBS

Outstanding Editorial/Op-Ed/Commentary on any Subject
Aisha Sultan - St. Louis Post Dispatch
Kavita Das - The Atlantic
Dipka Bhambhani - Daily Caller

Outstanding Story on any Subject by a South Asian Student in the U.S. or Canada
Nikita Sampath - Freelance
Vandana Rambaran - Journalism Without Walls
Paayal Zaveri - KQED News

SAJA's 2016-2017 Board

Jan 14, 2015, New York, NY—The board of directors of SAJA, the South Asian Journalists Association (@sajahq), appointed a new executive committee at its first meeting of the year in January. 

Anusha Shrivastava (@AnushaCU), career management officer at Columbia University’s Department of Statistics and faculty adviser for the SAJA student group at the university, returns for a second term as president. Shefali Kulkarni (@ShefaliKulkarni), audience engagement producer at BBC News North America, was elected as vice president. Kamini Ramdeen (@KaminiRamdeen), assistant managing editor at The Odyssey and managing editor at Brown Girl Magazine, was elected as secretary. Financial risk advisor at KPMG and former broadcast journalist, Divya Singaravelu (@Divya_158), was elected as treasurer. And Sovy Azhath (@SovyProducer), former SAJA president and producer/ writer at CNN Headline News, was elected as officer-at-large.

Other board members include: Sharaf Mowjood (@Mowjood), a producer at The Huffington Post, Geetika Rudra (@GGGeetika), domain expert at Dataminr, Trisha Sakhuja (@Tsakhuja13), content manager at and editor-in-chief at Brown Girl Magazine, Aarti Virani (@aartivirani), freelance arts and culture writer and contributing editor at Vogue India, and SAJA co-founder and chief digital officer at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Sree Sreenivasan (@sree).

“I am excited to be back on the SAJA Board as President. This is my second term leading a very dedicated and hard-working group of volunteers who help improve coverage of South Asia and mentor young journalists,” said Shrivastava.

“We plan to have several events, including panels and workshops for mid-career journalists, and newsroom visits throughout the year. Please reach out to us with ideas and feedback,” she added.

“Having been a member of SAJA since 2003, I've seen SAJA grow and adapt to journalism's changing landscape. SAJA prides itself on its relationship with its members and creating a community that can learn from one another,” said Kulkarni.

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