Meet our 2018 Internship Fund Winners! 

The South Asian Journalists Association (SAJA) has announced the winners of this year’s SAJA Internship Fund. Each winner will be awarded a maximum of $2,000 to support their internships. 


Charumathi Raman

Charumathi Raman is a student at CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, where she is getting her Master's in health and science journalism. She is currently interning at Retro Report, a non-profit news organization that specializes in investigative journalism and narrative storytelling. At Retro Report, she is working with a small team that produces documentaries for an Emmy Award nominated video series on various aspects of the future. She has previously worked as a video producer and trainer for various renowned news organizations in India and Nepal.

Twitter: @raman_charu


Kohinur Khyum

Kohinur Khyum is a journalist based in Bangladesh. She is a Fulbright scholar and received her second master’s degree in Magazine, Newspaper, & Online Journalism from S. I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. She received her bachelor’s degree in English literature from East West University and herfirst master’s degree in criminology and criminal justice from Dhaka University. Kohinur aims to continue working on gender issues, feminism, religious terrorism, social justiceand human rights.

You can reach her at tithila2018@gmail.com



Meet our 2017 Internship Fund Winners! 

The South Asian Journalists Association (SAJA) has announced the winners of this year’s SAJA Internship Fund. Each winner will be awarded a maximum of $2,000 to support their internships. 


Syeda (Samira) Sadeque is a Bangladeshi journalist working as a Research and Accuracy Intern at the Global Press Journal (GPJ) in Washington, D.C. At GPJ, Samira is working on fact-checking and data visualizations for stories from South Asia, Latin America and Africa. Her projects include mapping tea estates in Sri Lanka and gathering data on Internet activity across Nepal. Samira completed her MS in Journalism from Columbia University in 2017, after working in newsrooms across Dhaka, Washington, D.C. and San Francisco over eight years. Through her work, she has covered women's rights, women's health, the LGBT community in Bangladesh, the refugee crisis, mental health and labour rights. She is a 2016 ICFJ Fellow, and a 2014 ifa (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen) Fellow. Through her journalism career, Samira aims to continue reporting on the intersection of gender, health and migration. You can follow her on Twitter @Samideque



Gautama Mehta is an undergraduate student at the University of Chicago, where he will begin his senior year in the fall. His writing has been published in Politico Europe, The Caravan, and Huffington Post. This summer, with funding from SAJA, he is interning at the Hyde Park Herald, Chicago's oldest neighborhood newspaper. Gautama grew up in New York City.



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