About SAJA

Where Journalism intersects with South Asia... A Network for Education, Inspiration and Training... Upgrading South Asia coverage... Uplifting journalism standards.

SAJA, the South Asian Journalists Association, is one of the most dynamic journalism organizations in the U.S. and Canada. Founded in March 1994 with 18 members, today it connects and serves more than 1,000 journalists at news outlets, big and small.

SAJA has members spread across North America and active chapters in New York, Washington, San Francisco, Boston, Chicago, Atlanta, Los Angeles and Toronto. It is headquartered at Columbia Graduate School of Journalism in New York City.

SAJA serves as a networking and resource forum for journalists of South Asian origin as well as for journalists and others interested in South Asia and the South Asian diaspora. Its mission includes acting as a resource to promote accurate coverage of South Asia and the diaspora.

To achieve SAJA’s mission more effectively, in 2003, SAJA helped in the formation of SAJA Group, Inc., a non-profit 501(c)3 organization and jointly they execute SAJA programming and events.

Over the years, SAJA has given out more than $200,000 in scholarships and fellowships.

All of this SAJA does with NO paid staff. Its volunteers - from the elected board to chapter coordinators to individuals helping with various events - make SAJA possible. Also critical to its success: its many supporters. As a tiny nonprofit, it depends on members, friends and companies to donate money for its various activities. You can contribute by making a donation at http://bit.ly/sajadonation (or by check payments).

Another way to support SAJA is to become a paid member.


SAJA 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 India.com 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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