Upcoming events

    • Monday, November 30, 2015
    • 12:00 PM
    • Tuesday, December 08, 2015
    • 3:00 PM
    • New York, NY

    SAJA members are now invited to vote online to fill four (4) open positions on the board.

    Please read each candidates' statement and vote for the 4 candidates you would like to see on the 2016 SAJA Board.

    **Voting ends at 3pm on Tuesday, December 8th, 2015.**

    Note: You must be lifetime or full member of SAJA member to vote. By voting online, you are submitting a proxy ballot. 

    If you're not a member, please become one today, and receive special discounts for upcoming events and exclusive emails. 

    In person voting will occur at the annual members meeting/holiday party at Junoon Restaurant on December 8th in NYC. Space is limited so purchase a ticket TODAY! 

    Candidates for SAJA Board 2016-2017:


    Sovy Azhath

    I’m Sovy Azhath and I'm a Producer/Writer for CNN HLN. I’m asking for your vote once again as I’m looking to serve my 4th term on the board. The past 6 years on the board, I served: 2010 as events coordinator; 2011 as Secretary; 2012 as VP; 2013 as the national President; and the last two years as a senior advisor.

    My passion for SAJA is to get more members connected to major media companies and help their career growth. I’ve hosted numerous *exclusive* newsroom tours with CBS News, Dow Jones/WSJ, ABC News, NY Times, Huffington Post, CNN and Bloomberg to name a few. If re-elected, I would like to continue to host more of these newsroom tours and add more companies to the mix.

    I’ve also hosted numerous mixers, panels, workshops, mentoring sessions not only at our hub in NYC but also in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Las Vegas, Seattle, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C. With your vote, I would like to continue to host these events in other cities to help connect SAJA members from around the country.

    In the past, I helped hosted major events/galas where members can connect with notable speakers such as ABC’s David Muir, ESPN's Kevin Negandhi, Al Jazeera’s Ali Velshi, 2014 Miss America winner Nina Davuluri, and award winning reporter Soledad O'Brien. I also volunteered as SAJA reporter and interviewed Aishwarya Rai at the UN.

    I hope you can elect me to the board again so I can continue to serve you – the members.


    Parminder Deo

    I currently work at NBC as a News Associate. I began my journalism career in Texas at NBC-KXAS as an intern working my way up to a writer for the evening newscasts. In addition, I was a staff writer for The Dallas Morning News. Recently, I moved to New York and was in search of a community. I wanted to surround myself with like-minded individuals who created positive change for South Asians and others. I found that community through SAJA which is why I am excited to run for a board member position.

    Since joining SAJA, I have attended many events and recognize how valuable they are for its members. I believe that similar events should take place outside of New York. One initiative I would like to bring to the SAJA is increasing our visibility in other cities. As a member of AAJA, I would use my resources with them to partner with SAJA. In addition, if elected as a board member, I will recruit new members and involve them in our organization. To do this, I will reach out and partner with neighboring universities to create a mentoring system.

    I hope to be elected to the board and continue to advocate for a progressive, professional, and community-focused SAJA. I will bring my strong work ethic along with a deeply felt passion and enthusiasm to the board. I believe my personal values are wholly aligned with SAJA’s mission of promoting accurate coverage of South Asia and the diaspora.


    Lakshmi Gandhi

    I first joined SAJA as a student at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism back in 2007 (and became a frequent contributor the the SAJAforum blog that same year.) Since then I've worked at a variety of broadcast and online media outlets throughout New York City (including CNN, NY1 and Metro New York.) At each of my jobs, I've tried to increase the coverage of South Asian and Asian American issues and have found SAJA members to be an invaluable resource in terms of seeking out potential sources and story ideas. As someone who has spent a good portion of the last decade blogging and writing about South Asian American issues, I know how important it is to tell these stories. I hope that I can help SAJA help others get the resources they need to tell them.


    Geetika Rudra

    My name is Geetika Rudra and it is an honor to run for the SAJA board. I am a domain expert at Dataminr, where we have partnered with Twitter to build a real-time breaking news alert product. My first book on South Asian immigration and civil rights in America will be published by Rutgers Press. At Columbia University's School of Journalism I started String Machine, a group of journalists and developers that build tools to help reporters. As a digital reporter at ABC News I covered Texas’ prison system in a four-part series that was the network’s nomination for an SPJ Delta Sigma Chi award. My unique career has been an exercise in bridging the gap between technology and journalism. I am constantly learning how to find a common language between engineers and reporters, how to apply design-thinking methods to newsroom management, and how reporters can use computer science tools to discover and tell great stories. As a SAJA board member, I would like to supplement our existing programs and create a free podcast series that will help our members build these three skills. The lack of diversity in newsrooms has been a decades-long issue that is compounded by the entrance of notoriously homogenous technology companies. As these companies make their foray into our industry and look to hire journalists with hybrid skill-sets, I passionately believe SAJA can lead the creation of a qualified applicant pool that is representative of the public we all serve.


    Deepak Sethi

    I will be honored to serve on the board of SAJA.  Few years ago I was an active member and volunteer of SAJA.  In that capacity I have had several interactions with key SAJA people like Sree Sreenivasan, Raju Narisetti, John Laxmi etc.

    I therefore have a very good understanding of the inner workings of SAJA.  In addition I have been on the national Board of Human Resource  Planners for three years and a Senior VP at Society for Human Resource Management ( SHRM ) - the largest HR organization in the country.  I have deep knowledge of how Boards operate​.​

    I have an MBA in Marketing from Penn State.  I spent 18 years at AT&T and introduced some very innovative marketing programs, including getting Eddie Murphy involved in my product. I was then responsible for Executive development at AT&T and introduced many exciting innovations in executive development that were the subject of major full page stories in the WSJ and USA Today. I will therefore be able to help  SAJA introduce new product / service innovations as well as offer unique marketing approaches to new target markets​.​

    I am a respected thought leader in the field of leadership development and was VP executive development at Thomson Reuters for seven years  I can offer leadership development ideas / programs for journalists associated with SAJA.

    I am very well connected with 500+ high powered contacts on LinkedIn including Jack Welch, John Byrne etc.  I can truly spread the word on SAJA and increase its footprint and its impact.


    Anusha Shrivastava

    A lifetime member of SAJA, I've led the group as its president in 2012, organized the annual awards gala and helped raise funds by securing corporate sponsorships. I've served as an executive board member for five years, putting together and leading 'SAJA Comes to You' events throughout the country, mentoring students and organizing SAJA @Work events, including visits to newsrooms like Bloomberg and The Wall Street Journal. I've served on and organized panels, participated in resume review sessions and judged SAJA award submissions. Currently, I'm the faculty adviser for the SAJA student group at Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism and help set up the group each year, conducting elections and helping organize panels and workshops with visiting editors and hiring managers. I am ready to rejoin the board to provide it with a sense of continuity and to contribute my efforts toward helping SAJA members, especially students. I believe in the mission of SAJA and hope to use my deep network of connections in the world of journalism to help all SAJA members. Let's work together to make SAJA even stronger. Thanks for your support.

    • Tuesday, December 08, 2015
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Junoon Restaurant | 27 W 24th St, New York, NY 10010
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    On Tuesday, December 8th at 6:00 p.m., SAJA will hold its annual members meeting and board elections at Junoon restaurant in New York City, where you will get an exclusive opportunity to meet the renowned chef and author Vikas Khanna. 

    You will also have the opportunity to buy an autographed copy of the book!

    The holiday party includes wine and appetizers. 
    Register TODAY! 

    SAJA Members: $20 

    Non-SAJA Members: $30 

    We have four open positions on the board, apply below! 

    Four (4) SAJA board member positions will be open for the two-year term of 2016-2018. To contest, please submit a statement of interest by midnight (12:00 a.m.) on Friday, November 27, 2015.

    To apply for a SAJA Board position, please email a statement of interest of 250 words or less to mrao@wnyc.org.

    Voting will be conducted in person at the annual meeting and based on online proxy ballots, which can be cast from November 24, 2015, through 3:00 p.m. (EST) on December 8th, 2015.

    Board Eligibility & Guidelines:

    Only Full Members are eligible to contest for a position the board. Associate Members and Student Members are NOT eligible to contest. All Full Members are encouraged to consider running. Those who have a strong interest in journalism and coverage of South Asia(n) issues are urged to consider running for the election. Important requirements for serving on the board are a spirit of teamwork, leadership and the commitment of at least 3-5 hours each week on activities ranging from organizing events to judging applications for awards and scholarships. 

    To run for a position on the board, each candidate must submit a 250-word statement that will be made public and available to all SAJA members.

    Candidate submissions must include their full name, current snail mail address, e-mail address and phone number.

    For questions about running or serving on the board, please reach out to SAJA board member Mythili Rao: mrao@wnyc.org

Past events

Tuesday, November 17, 2015 SAJA Resume Critique Session
Friday, November 06, 2015 SAJA EXCLUSIVE Access inside Bloomberg News
Saturday, October 03, 2015 2015 SAJA Gala & Awards Ceremony
Wednesday, June 24, 2015 SAJA 2015 Iftar
Sunday, June 07, 2015 Help Us Find Sunil Tripathi - screening and discussion
Friday, April 10, 2015 SAJA Bollywood-style Workout & Mixer with Doonya
Wednesday, April 08, 2015 SAJA Panel Discussion on Entrepreneurial Journalism
Tuesday, March 31, 2015 NYC PANEL EVENT: Q+A with CBS News Executives
Monday, March 16, 2015 Red Bangle Award Ceremony
Friday, March 06, 2015 TDas Awards at Metropolitan Museum
Monday, February 23, 2015 Meet Author Mohsin Hamid (Discount for SAJA members)
Saturday, January 31, 2015 SAJA Panel - On-Camera: South Asian Women Reporters
Friday, January 30, 2015 Serial: What Rabia Chaudry Knows
Friday, December 12, 2014 SAJA Holiday Party, Annual Members Meeting, & Election with Aasif Mandvi.
Monday, December 01, 2014 SAJA Elections 2015-2016
Saturday, October 11, 2014 2014 SAJA Convention
Thursday, September 25, 2014 SAJA Reporting Panel @ The New York Times
Tuesday, July 08, 2014 SAJA Ifthar - 2014
Monday, May 12, 2014 The True American at Asia Society
Friday, May 02, 2014 SAJA Comes to Bloomberg News
Thursday, April 03, 2014 SAJA Online Writing Workshop @CNN NY
Thursday, April 03, 2014 SAJA Boston Happy Hour
Thursday, March 06, 2014 All You Need to Know About the NY Health Insurance Exchange
Tuesday, February 25, 2014 All You Need to Know About the NY Health Insurance Exchange
Tuesday, February 04, 2014 "India's Vote" Discussion With SAJA & Asia Society
Thursday, January 16, 2014 SAJA-NYC: Desis, South Asians and the Rest of Them
Thursday, December 05, 2013 SAJA-NYC: Annual Members Meeting, Election & Holiday Party
Thursday, December 05, 2013 SAJA-DC: Holiday Party
Wednesday, November 20, 2013 SAJA Comes to CNN NY
Sunday, November 17, 2013 SAJA Board Elections 2014-15
Saturday, October 26, 2013 Exploring Journalism's New Frontiers
Thursday, October 17, 2013 SAJA Comes to CNN D.C. (Students Only)
Saturday, October 05, 2013 2013 SAJA Awards Dinner and Gala
Thursday, September 26, 2013 SAJA Comes to CBS News
Thursday, September 12, 2013 SAJA/Imran Qureshi's Exhibit@MET Museum
Thursday, September 05, 2013 SAJA D.C. Happy Hour
Friday, August 23, 2013 SAJA/AAJA Career Fair & Expo - Friday Aug 23
Wednesday, June 19, 2013 SAJA Summer Mixer
Friday, May 31, 2013 SAJA Comes to ABC News
Wednesday, May 15, 2013 SAJA D.C. Spring Mixer
Thursday, April 18, 2013 SAJA Comes to Bloomberg News
Tuesday, April 09, 2013 SAJA & Contently's Portfolio Review for Freelance Writers & Bloggers
Sunday, April 07, 2013 SAJA 2013 Internship Fund
Tuesday, March 26, 2013 SAJA/AAJA/APEX March Mixer
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 SAJA Mid-Winter Media Mixer with the Deadline Club
Thursday, February 07, 2013 "Meet the 2013 SAJA Board Mixer" in NYC on Thursday Feb 7th
Sunday, February 03, 2013 SAJA-SAMMA Super Bowl Webcast
Tuesday, January 29, 2013 A Conversation With ANG LEE AND DAVID MAGEE
Monday, December 17, 2012 SAJA-DC: Holiday Party & Meet Your Board
Tuesday, December 04, 2012 SAJA Holiday Party
Tuesday, November 27, 2012 SAJA@Work: Dow Jones/The Wall Street Journal
Sunday, November 18, 2012 SAJA Board Elections 2013-14
Wednesday, October 24, 2012 SAJA Mentoring/Resume Critique
Thursday, October 04, 2012 An evening with Tarun Tejpal, author of "The Story of my Assassins"
Tuesday, October 02, 2012 A panel discussion on Supply and Demand: Migration, Trafficking and the Private Sector
Saturday, July 14, 2012 2012 SAJA Awards Dinner and Gala: Complimentary Registration
Saturday, July 14, 2012 2012 SAJA Awards Dinner and Gala
Saturday, June 23, 2012 SAJA-DC: Happy Hour
Thursday, June 07, 2012 SAJA-NYC: Book Launch and Talk with Vijay Prashad
Sunday, June 03, 2012 SAJA 2012 Internship Fund
Saturday, June 02, 2012 SAJA-Atlanta: Panel/Mixer @CNN Center
Monday, May 21, 2012 SAJA-Boston: Mixer with JAWS
Thursday, May 10, 2012 SAJA-TO: Rebranding Ethnic Conflict: Sri Lanka 2009
Wednesday, May 09, 2012 SAJA-TO: Samadhana 2012
Monday, April 30, 2012 Producing Bollywood: Inside the Contemporary Hindi Film Industry with Tejaswini Ganti
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 SAJA-DC: Happy Hour
Tuesday, April 10, 2012 SAJA-NYC: Reception for Pakistani/Pakistani-American Journalists
Sunday, April 08, 2012 2012 SAJA JOURNALISM AWARDS
Sunday, April 01, 2012 SAJA-SF: Meetup and Mixer
Sunday, April 01, 2012 SAJA-SF: Social Media One-Night Stand presented by Columbia Journalism Continuing Education
Tuesday, March 27, 2012 SAJA-NYC: Advanced Social Media Workshop for Journalists and Professionals
Thursday, March 22, 2012 SAJA-NYC: Meet the Board Mixer
Thursday, March 22, 2012 SAJA-DC: Book Reading and Chat // “Instant City: Life and Death in Karachi” with NPR’s Steve Inskeep
Thursday, March 22, 2012 SAJA-NYC: SAJA@Work with Bloomberg News
Sunday, March 18, 2012 SAJA-TO: Meetup with Journalist Salil Tripathi
Thursday, March 15, 2012 Co-sponsored by SAJA-NYC: A Conversation with Akash Kapur at the Asia Society
Friday, March 09, 2012 SAJA-NYC: Book Launch // "Beautiful Thing: Inside the Secret World of Bombay's Dance Bars" with Sonia Faleiro
Wednesday, March 07, 2012 SAJA-NYC: India Trailer // A Talk by Mumbai Film Curator and Journalist Meenakshi Shedde
Wednesday, February 29, 2012 View from the Top: Senior editors discuss today's journalism
Wednesday, February 15, 2012 "Love, Inshallah" - A Discussion with the Creators and Writers
Wednesday, January 25, 2012 @NYTIndia: Behind the Scenes with India Ink
Thursday, January 19, 2012 THE GIRL IN THE GARDEN
Tuesday, December 13, 2011 SAJA at the MET: Gallery Tour and Panel Discussion
Thursday, December 08, 2011 SAJA Holiday Party
Tuesday, November 29, 2011 SAJA @ Work : DJ/WSJ
Sunday, November 13, 2011 SAJA Board Elections 2012-13
Thursday, November 03, 2011 SAJA Boston Happy Hour Nov. 3
Thursday, November 03, 2011 SAJA NYC Happy Hour Nov. 3
Thursday, November 03, 2011 SAJA DC Happy Hour Nov. 3
Friday, October 14, 2011 Meet Imran Khan & Bobby Ghosh
Saturday, June 18, 2011 SAJA Convention & Gala - Recruiter Registration
Friday, June 17, 2011 SAJA Convention & Awards Gala - Comp Registration
Friday, June 17, 2011 SAJA Convention & Awards Gala
Friday, March 25, 2011 BOOK CONVERSATION: "Geek Nation: How Indian Science is Taking Over the World"
Thursday, March 17, 2011 WEBCASTS WITH STARS OF NBC "OUTSOURCED" + REALITY TV 3pm EST 3/17/2011
Thursday, March 03, 2011 SAJA NYC Mixer Thurs March 3rd
Tuesday, February 22, 2011 WEBCAST: New Yorker's Jon Lee Anderson on SAJA Lanka Briefing #5: 9-9:45 a.m EST
Thursday, February 10, 2011 WEBCAST: Parag Khanna on "How to Rule the World
Tuesday, February 08, 2011 WEBCAST: Desis & the Grammys
Sunday, February 06, 2011 WEBCAST: SAJA Super Bowl Sunday

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