2014 SAJA Journalism Awards Finalists

Jason Motlagh's "Ghosts of Rana Plaza" on the collapse of a Bangladeshi garment factory is one of the finalists in this year's Daniel Pearl Award. (Image: Jason Motlagh)

The South Asian Journalists Association (SAJAannounces the finalists of the 2014 SAJA Journalism Awards. We received over 160 entries in 11 different categories. A round of judges picked up to three finalists from each categories. 

The winners from each categories will be announced at the SAJA@20 Convention on October 11th at the New York University in New York City.

If you have any questions, email SAJA Awards Chair Anup Kaphle at awards@saja.org

The Daniel Pearl Award for outstanding reporting about South Asia: All media

Established in honor of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl, who was killed while reporting in Pakistan, this award recognizes outstanding in-depth reporting that exhibits the kind of courage and integrity that Pearl embodied in his work.

Ghosts of Rana Plaza, Jason Motlagh, Virginia Quarterly Review

Into the hive, without the U.S., Kevin Sieff, The Washington Post

Stranded: Tech's Hidden Price, Cam Simpson, Bloomberg Businessweek


Outstanding enterprise reporting about South Asia or the worldwide South Asian diaspora: All media

This award recognizes outstanding original reporting -- including explanatory and investigative journalism -- helping explain a significant and complex subject on any topic. The reporting can be a single article or a series on a specific topic.

Sold for sex at puberty village girls’ fate in India, Andrew Macaskill and Bibhudatta Pradhan, Bloomberg

Defying the odds: Bangladesh makes strides in child health, Amy Yee, GlobalPost

India breast cancer surge hinders private exams for women, Jason Gale, Bloomberg


Outstanding business story about South Asia, or the worldwide South Asians diaspora: All media

This award recognizes outstanding news, feature or explanatory reporting in business and economics.

As U.S. departs, Afghan business dries up, Nathan Hodge, The Wall Street Journal

Fighting poverty with school and sports to keep Maoists at bay, Fred de Sam Lazaro, Simone Ahuja, Nikki See and Rakesh Nagar, PBS Newshour

Bad roads, red tape, burly thugs slow Wal-Mart’s passage in India, Amol Sharma and Biman Mukherjee, The Wall Street Journal


Outstanding arts and culture reporting about South Asia, or the worldwide South Asians diaspora: All media

This award recognizes outstanding reporting about arts, culture or lifestyle.


Toppling a Delicate World: Being Gay and South Asian in America, Mansi Choksi, VICE

In Pakistan, Literary Spring Is Both Renaissance And Resistance, Bilal Qureshi, NPR

India’s shifting gender roles: one girl’s tale, Rhitu Chatterjee, PRI

Outstanding feature story about South Asia, or the worldwide South Asians diaspora: All media

This award recognizes outstanding creative writing that covers news, sports, business or entertainment.

Preschool Rape Case Belies Justice for India Women Born to Lose, Tom Lasseter, Bloomberg

The Low-Lying Country Where Drowning Is the No. 1 Killer of Kids, Amy Yee, The Atlantic

Afghanistan's 'five thousand martyrs', Ali Latifi, Al Jazeera English


Outstanding editorial/commentary on South Asia, or the worldwide South Asians diaspora: All media

This award recognizes outstanding opinion columns, commentary, or analysis on topics related to South Asia or the South Asian diaspora. Published works in any medium (text, cartoons or videos) are eligible to enter.


A year after Rana Plaza: What hasn’t changed since the Bangladesh factory collapse, Jason Motlagh, The Washington Post

When India Works, Dan Morrison, The New York Times

Pakistan's Industry of Violence, Beenish Ahmed, The American Prospect


Outstanding photography about South Asia, or the worldwide South Asians diaspora

This award recognizes outstanding feature or breaking news photography in black and white or color.


*No Finalists in this category*

Outstanding multimedia story about South Asia, or the worldwide South Asians diaspora (includes video stories, audio slideshows, interactive graphics)

This award recognizes outstanding multimedia storytelling that uses video, audio slideshows, and interactive graphics.


Indian acid attack victim fights for victims, Sumnima Udas, CNN

Bhutan’s forgotten people, Subina Shrestha, Ramyata Limbu, Lee Ali, Andy Mees and Sharon Roobol, Al Jazeera English


For journalists of South Asian origin working in North America for any media outlet:

Outstanding story on any subject: All media

This award recognizes outstanding reporting on any subject and in any medium. Note: This category is for journalists of South Asian origin working in North America.


Made In Bangladesh, Tarannum Kamlani (with Mark Kelley, Lysanne Louter and Aileen McBride, CBC

An epidemic of pain in India, Um-e-Kulsoom Shariff, The New Yorker

Suicide Amongst Indian Americans: We’re Stressed, Depressed, But Who is Listening? Sunita Sohrabji, India West

Outstanding editorial/op-ed/commentary on any subject: All media

This award recognizes outstanding opinion column, commentary or analysis on any issue. Published works in any medium (text, cartoons or videos) are eligible to enter. Note: This category is for journalists of South Asian origin working in North America.


India’s biggest muckraker now deserves the scrutiny he introduced to the country, S. Mitra Kalita, Quartz

The gutting of diversity in TV stations and media voices, Ravi Kapur, The Seattle Times

For students of South Asian origin in North America:

Outstanding story on any subject by a South Asian student in the US or Canada: All media

This award recognizes outstanding reporting on any subject by a South Asian student studying in North America. Reporting can be in any field or medium. Note: This category is for students of South Asian origin studying in North America.


A Dancer Dies Twice, Maroosha Muzaffar

Walking the Walk, Nitesh Khare

Vietnam Veterans Dealing With War Through Art, Anand Mammen Katakam


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