LOCATION: Roone Arledge Auditorium, Lerner Hall, Columbia University
TIME: 6pm Cocktail Hour, 7pm Gala Awards Dinner
On the evening of June 18, SAJA will fete its scholarship and awards winners at a grand reception at Columbia University.
The evening will start at 6pm with a cocktail hour followed by the main awards ceremony and dinner at 7pm.
This year, SAJA awarded a record $36,000 to the winners. We had an impressive pool of nearly 90 applicants, and are thrilled to award a substantial sum in scholarships. The awards will help students interested in journalism pursue their high school, undergraduate or graduate educations.
Our thanks to the Arun I. and Asmita Bhatia Foundation; Hansa and Ramesh Butani of Darshan TV; and CNN for their generous support of the scholarships.
Award finalists from across the globe will attend the ceremony where the winners will be announced!
SAJA's 2011 Gala keynote speaker is Rebecca Blumenstein, the international editor of The Wall Street Journal.
Most recently, Rebecca Blumenstein was managing editor of The Wall Street Journal Online. Previously, Ms. Blumenstein was the China bureau chief, overseeing China coverage for the Journal.
Prior to moving to China in the summer of 2005, Ms. Blumenstein served as chief of the Journal's New York Technology Group, which covered the historic mergers and changes in technology that recast the telecommunications industry. Before that, she was the group's deputy chief and a reporter covering AT&T Corp. and WorldCom Inc.
Ms. Blumenstein joined the Journal in 1995 as a reporter in the Detroit bureau, where she covered General Motors. She began her journalism career at the Tampa Tribune, and then later moved to Gannett Newspapers and Newsday, where she covered breaking news and the New York State legislature.
She received a 1993 New York Newswomen's Award for best deadline writing for her coverage of the aftermath of the Long Island Railroad shootings. In 2003, she was part of a team that won the Gerald Loeb Award for deadline writing for coverage of WorldCom. She oversaw the China team that won the Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting in 2007. In March, she was named to the Aspen Institute's Henry Crown Fellowship for 2009.
Ms. Blumenstein holds a bachelor's degree in economics and social science from the University of Michigan, where she was editor in chief of the Michigan Daily.