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  • Monday, June 02, 2014 10:02 PM | Anup Kaphle (Administrator)

    The South Asian Journalists Association (SAJA) is accepting entries for the 2014 SAJA Journalism Awards in 11 separate categories, including the Daniel Pearl Award for Outstanding Reporting, for stories on South Asia and/or the South Asian diaspora.

    The deadline for entering the awards is June 30, 2014.

    The winners will be announced at SAJA's 20th Annual Awards Gala in November in New York City. 

    There is a $50 entry fees for each category (student category is free), which requires your name, title of your entry, and full permanent URL of your work. Please read the instructions for each award category and to apply, click on the categories. 

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

    Full information on the categories and how to apply is available here: http://saja.org/awards

  • Sunday, December 08, 2013 6:30 PM | Sovy Azhath (Administrator)
    Congratulations to the re-elected and newly elected board members of SAJA
    New York -- The South Asian Journalists Association members re-elected three incumbents and added one new member to the board for next year, in the annual election where six candidates ran for four open seats.

    Those elected at the annual meeting on December 5th were Sovy Azhath, Anup Kaphle, John Laxmi and Mythili Rao.

    Azhath, the current president of SAJA, is a producer/writer with CNN/HLN in New York. Kaphle is the Digital Foreign Editor of The Washington Post. Laxmi, who is the treasurer of SAJA, is a Freelancer.

    Rao is a producer with WNYC's The Takeaway show in New York.

    They join current board members, Sharaf Mowjood, Shefali S. Kulkarni, Amita Parashar Kelly, Raakhee Mirchandani Singh, Aarti Virani, Jigar Mehta, and Sree Sreenivasan, who is the co-founder of SAJA.

    Leaving the board after six years of serving SAJA, is Anusha Srivastava, the Assistant Director of Career Services at Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism.

    The board will hold its first meeting in February, when it will elect officers for SAJA's executive committee made up of SAJA's president, vice president, treasurer, secretary and an at-large officer.

    Get Involved!
    The new board hopes you will get involved in SAJA activities in the new year. As always, please send ideas, tips, suggestions to saja@saja.org

    SAJA@20 Conference!
    Mark your calendars for August 1st and 2nd, 2014. On SAJA's 20th Anniversary we will be hosting a big conference at Columbia University in New York City! Not one to miss!

    Donate!
    We are in the midst of a Scholarship Challenge to raise money for scholarships, mentor-ship programs, educational endeavors, and career building activities for budding journalists. An anonymous donor is willing to match dollar for dollar all the funds that are donated to SAJA, up to $25,000. Please consider donating today: http://saja.org/donate

    Stay Connected!
    Please feel free to reach out to our Board Members here: http://saja.org/board
    Twitter: SAJA Board: www.twitter.com/sajahq/lists/saja-2013-board
    Facebook: www.facebook.com/South.Asian.Journalists.Association
    And our Facebook Page for Student Members: www.facebook.com/SAJAStudents
  • Tuesday, December 03, 2013 12:57 AM | Sovy Azhath (Administrator)
    SAJA Annual Member Meeting (December 5, 2013) and Elections

    WHERE: Junoon Restaurant, 27 W 24th St, New York, NY 10010

    TIME: 6:30 P.M.

    All SAJA 'Full members' are invited and entitled to attend the annual members meeting, and to vote at the election of the board members to be held at the meeting. This is the 2013 Annual Financial Report and the 2013 Annual Membership Report, made available to all 'Full' members of SAJA.

    This is your chance to hear from the board members of SAJA and to share your thoughts and ideas on how to improve our growing journalism organization.

    Please invite friends and family too, because right after our annual members meeting, we are hosting our annual Holiday Party!


    SAJA Washington, D.C. Holiday Party

    WHERE: La Tasca Restaurant, 722 7th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

    TIME: 6:30 P.M.

    For those SAJA members in the D.C. area, we invite you to attend our annual Holiday Party on December 5th, 2013 at La Tasca in Chinatown with special guest food writer Monica Bhide.


    SAJA Board Election
    SAJA 'Full' members still have time to vote online to fill FOUR open positions on the SAJA board. Candidate statements are below and available on www.saja.org.

    Voting will be open until: DECEMBER 5th, 2013, 3:00 P.M. (eastern standard time)

    **Note: You must be a SAJA member to vote. By voting online, you are submitting a proxy ballot. In person voting will occur at the annual members meeting December 5 in NYC. Click here to become a SAJA member.**

    Candidates for SAJA Board 2014-2015

    SOVY AZHATH

    I’m Sovy Azhath and I'm a CNN HLN Producer/Writer. I’m asking for your vote once again as I’m looking to serve my third term on the board. Throughout my four years on the SAJA board, I felt like I matured from a freshman to a senior. I moved up the ladder year by year on the board: 2010 as events coordinator; 2011 as Secretary & Job Fair Coordinator; 2012 as VP; to finally this year as SAJA’s President.

    My passion for SAJA is to get more of our members connected to the major media companies and help their job growth. Our exclusive behind the scenes newsroom tours that I’ve hosted as caught a lot of buzz and popularity. We’ve got the chance to visit major stations like CNN, CBS News, and ABC News to name a few. If re-elected, I would like to continue to host more of these newsroom tours and even add more companies to the mix.

    I’ve also hosted numerous SAJA events (mixers, panels, workshops, mentoring sessions) not only at our hub in NYC but also in Atlanta, Boston, Las Vegas, San Francisco, Seattle and Washington, D.C. With your vote, I would like to continue to host/coordinate more of these events in other cities to help brand the SAJA mission.

    I’m proud to represent SAJA in the public eye to journalists and non-journalists alike. Last year, I had the esteem pleasure to serve as a SAJA reporter at the United Nations. There I had an exclusive one-on-one interview with Bollywood actress Aishwarya Rai about her message as the UN AIDS spokesperson on the impact of the AIDS relief effort in India.

    This year, the gala committee and I helped made the awards gala one of the best in SAJA's history. We had a star-studded lineup: Emmy Award winning journalist Soledad O’Brien, ESPN’s Kevin Negandhi, and even Miss America Nina Davuluri made a special appearance. I’m looking forward to continue this momentum and buzz for next year’s 20th anniversary planning.

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

    ANUP KAPHLE

    My name is Anup Kaphle and I would like to run for the SAJA board for the 2014-15 term.
    I joined SAJA as a student volunteer in 2006, blogging during the annual convention for SAJAForum. Through the years, I won a SAJA scholarship, then a SAJA Reporting Fellowship, and then came back as a panelist during one of the conventions to talk about reporting on conflicts. I have enjoyed my last two years on the SAJA board, helping run some of our programs that are key to the success of SAJA.

    I will hope to work on two key things, should I get elected to the board again. First, I plan to focus on revamping our reporting fellowship program, making it available for applicants throughout the year, by working with other board members and changing the current application entry system. I would like to reach out to news organizations and help increase the pool of applicants for the fellowship, allowing us to fund projects that have an impact. Second, I will streamline the SAJA Awards process, developing a new system for journalists to enter for the competition, increasing pool of quality applicants by opening for entries earlier and working with judges at several levels, and highlighting the winners' work through a multimedia presentation at the awards dinner.

    Separately, I would like to continue to be a resource for students members of SAJA and help engage and organize programs for our members in Washington, D.C. next year.

    SAJA has given a lot to me and I would love the opportunity to give back by helping make some of SAJA key programs successful next year.

    JOHN LAXMI

    Dear members:

    Please vote for me as one of your representatives on SAJA’s board. I have served on the board of SAJA since 2001, initially as secretary and later as treasurer. I believe that my participation in the board will assure SAJA of valuable experience and continuity. In voting for me, you will be endorsing focus, dedication, discipline and compliance.

    FOCUS: SAJA has become well-known and provides a wide range of services to members and the broader community. As SAJA’s programs grow, so do demands and pressures on the organization’s capacity and resources, requiring triage, prioritization and focus on the organization’s core mission. I believe I have contributed to sharpening SAJA’s focus on core scholarship, educational and training programs.

    DEDICATION: SAJA depends on each of us to devote consistently to its programs. Over the past twelve years, I have had the privilege of participating in SAJA’s activities in many different ways, despite the growing demands on my time from my main business.

    DISCIPLINE: While many non-profit and journalism groups have suffered severe financial setbacks in recent years, SAJA’s financial reserves and donor base have steadily grown, with debt remaining at zero. This gives SAJA a strong outlook for maintaining its educational and outreach programs. As treasurer, I believe I have contributed to SAJA’s financial stability and discipline.

    COMPLIANCE: For nearly a decade, SAJA has entrusted to me important record-keeping and reporting obligations to members and governmental authorities. These responsibilities have been fulfilled consistently and accurately.

    Working with you, volunteers and other board members, I will continue to help in fundraising, membership drives, general governance and financial management. I will be a champion of quality, excellence and controlled growth. If you have any questions, please contact me at johnlaxmisaja@gmail.com. Thanks.
    RENEE LOBO

    As a Broadcast Journalist for over 20 years, I have been the voice of South Asians in the tri state area and have highlighted topics and issues that have been pertinent to their interests, including politics, healthcare, safety & communal harmony, domestic violence and racial profiling. My signature show- Renee Report has showcased diverse interviews: from the unsung heroes that have enriched our lives to renowned musicians, artists, philosophers, authors, doctors, entrepreneurs to the crowd stopping celebrities of Bollywood. Through the years I have fostered and built positive working relationships with media partners, community leaders, community and civic organizations and politicians and have received many awards from appreciative immigrant and social justice partners.

    I hold an undergraduate degree in Broadcast Journalism form SUNY, Old Westbury, Long Island and a graduate degree in Political Management from the George Washington University. My mission is to expand women’s voices and frame new dialogues on critical political, cultural and economic developments in our communities. I feel with our collaborative efforts and synergy, we can discover new areas of growth and innovation that will take SAJA to the next level in the coming years.
    HEMA PARMAR

    I first heard about SAJA several years ago as an undergraduate student. Through it, I attended the annual convention in New York, expanded my industry network and was given a mentor as part of SAJA’s mentorship program. SAJA fueled my inspiration to be a journalist. In the years that followed I would attend speaker events and meet other young reporters. I became aware of the large SAJA community that extends across North America. My mentor kept encouraging me to apply to Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. When the time was right I did. I was thrilled to have been accepted.

    I’d love to now give back to SAJA: to help organize events, engage with the community, spur new ideas and share my enthusiasm with the team. I’ve gathered several years of industry experience under my belt – from covering energy policy on Capitol Hill to producing television in Western Canada. I now work for Bloomberg TV in New York City.

    I would be honored to serve SAJA as one of its board members.

    MYTHILI RAO

    As a public radio news producer and book critic, I have SAJA to thank for my career in journalism.

    I joined the organization as a grad student. A few days after leaving my resume at CNN's table at the first SAJA career fair I attended, I got a call from CNN's assignment desk. That call lead to a freelance position at CNN, and eventually, to a full-time job.

    I now work at WNYC as a producer on The Takeaway, a radio news analysis program produced in coordination with Public Radio International, The New York Times, and WGBH in Boston airing daily on NPR-affiliate stations around the country. I also write book reviews-- most often for The Daily Beast, but also for The New York Times Book Review, Newsweek, Words Without Borders, Publishers Weekly and others.

    If elected to the board, I’d challenge myself and fellow board members to find creative new ways to help SAJA foster a spirit of community and professional development for South Asian journalists at all stages of their careers.

    SAJA’s skill-building and mentorship sessions, scholarship/grant opportunities, networking events, and cultural programming have long made it a tremendous resource for journalists. As a member of the board, I’d work hard to maintain these strong programs while expanding SAJA’s digital presence and industry-wide profile. In a dynamic field, an organization like ours has to keep growing and changing to stay relevant-- which is exactly what I’d focus on doing if elected.

    SAJA has given me a lot. I’m running for a seat on the board because I’d like to give back.

  • Sunday, November 17, 2013 4:40 PM | Jigar Mehta (Administrator)

    Click here to vote online

    Note: You must be a SAJA member to vote. By voting online, you are submitting a proxy ballot. In person voting will occur at the annual members meeting December 5 in NYC. Click here to become a SAJA member.

    Candidates for SAJA Board 2014-2015

    SOVY AZHATH

    I’m Sovy Azhath and I'm a CNN HLN Producer/Writer. I’m asking for your vote once again as I’m looking to serve my third term on the board. Throughout my four years on the SAJA board, I felt like I matured from a freshman to a senior. I moved up the ladder year by year on the board: 2010 as events coordinator; 2011 as Secretary & Job Fair Coordinator; 2012 as VP; to finally this year as SAJA’s President.

    My passion for SAJA is to get more of our members connected to the major media companies and help their job growth. Our exclusive behind the scenes newsroom tours that I’ve hosted as caught a lot of buzz and popularity. We’ve got the chance to visit major stations like CNN, CBS News, and ABC News to name a few. If re-elected, I would like to continue to host more of these newsroom tours and even add more companies to the mix.

    I’ve also hosted numerous SAJA events (mixers, panels, workshops, mentoring sessions) not only at our hub in NYC but also in Atlanta, Boston, Las Vegas, San Francisco, Seattle and Washington, D.C. With your vote, I would like to continue to host/coordinate more of these events in other cities to help brand the SAJA mission. 

    I’m proud to represent SAJA in the public eye to journalists and non-journalists alike. Last year, I had the esteem pleasure to serve as a SAJA reporter at the United Nations. There I had an exclusive one-on-one interview with Bollywood actress Aishwarya Rai about her message as the UN AIDS spokesperson on the impact of the AIDS relief effort in India.

    This year, the gala committee and I helped made the awards gala one of the best in SAJA's history. We had a star-studded lineup: Emmy Award winning journalist Soledad O’Brien, ESPN’s Kevin Negandhi, and even Miss America Nina Davuluri made a special appearance. I’m looking forward to continue this momentum and buzz for next year’s 20th anniversary planning.

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

    ANUP KAPHLE

    My name is Anup Kaphle and I would like to run for the SAJA board for the 2014-15 term. 

    I joined SAJA as a student volunteer in 2006, blogging during the annual convention for SAJAForum. Through the years, I won a SAJA scholarship, then a SAJA Reporting Fellowship, and then came back as a panelist during one of the conventions to talk about reporting on conflicts. I have enjoyed my last two years on the SAJA board, helping run some of our programs that are key to the success of SAJA.

    I will hope to work on two key things, should I get elected to the board again. First, I plan to focus on revamping our reporting fellowship program, making it available for applicants throughout the year, by working with other board members and changing the current application entry system. I would like to reach out to news organizations and help increase the pool of applicants for the fellowship, allowing us to fund projects that have an impact. Second, I will streamline the SAJA Awards process, developing a new system for journalists to enter for the competition, increasing pool of quality applicants by opening for entries earlier and working with judges at several levels, and highlighting the winners' work through a multimedia presentation at the awards dinner.

    Separately, I would like to continue to be a resource for students members of SAJA and help engage and organize programs for our members in Washington, D.C. next year.

    SAJA has given a lot to me and I would love the opportunity to give back by helping make some of SAJA key programs successful next year.


    JOHN LAXMI

    Dear members:

    Please vote for me as one of your representatives on SAJA’s board. I have served on the board of SAJA since 2001, initially as secretary and later as treasurer. I believe that my participation in the board will assure SAJA of valuable experience and continuity.  In voting for me, you will be endorsing focus, dedication, discipline and compliance.

    FOCUS: SAJA has become well-known and provides a wide range of services to members and the broader community.  As SAJA’s programs grow, so do demands and pressures on the organization’s capacity and resources, requiring triage, prioritization and focus on the organization’s core mission. I believe I have contributed to sharpening SAJA’s focus on core scholarship, educational and training programs.

    DEDICATION: SAJA depends on each of us to devote consistently to its programs. Over the past twelve years, I have had the privilege of participating in SAJA’s activities in many different ways, despite the growing demands on my time from my main business. 

    DISCIPLINE: While many non-profit and journalism groups have suffered severe financial setbacks in recent years, SAJA’s financial reserves and donor base have steadily grown, with debt remaining at zero. This gives SAJA a strong outlook for maintaining its educational and outreach programs. As treasurer, I believe I have contributed to SAJA’s financial stability and discipline.

    COMPLIANCE:  For nearly a decade, SAJA has entrusted to me important record-keeping and reporting obligations to members and governmental authorities. These responsibilities have been fulfilled consistently and accurately. 

    Working with you, volunteers and other board members, I will continue to help in fundraising, membership drives, general governance and financial management.  I will be a champion of quality, excellence and controlled growth.  If you have any questions, please contact me at johnlaxmisaja@gmail.com. Thanks. 


    RENEE LOBO

    As a Broadcast Journalist for over 20 years, I have been the voice of South Asians in the tri state area and have highlighted topics and issues that have been pertinent to their interests, including politics, healthcare, safety & communal harmony, domestic violence and racial profiling. My signature show- Renee Report has showcased diverse interviews:  from the unsung heroes that have enriched our lives to renowned musicians, artists, philosophers, authors, doctors, entrepreneurs to the crowd stopping celebrities of Bollywood.  Through the years I have fostered and built positive working relationships with media partners, community leaders, community and civic organizations and politicians and have received many awards from appreciative immigrant and social justice partners. 

    I hold an undergraduate degree in Broadcast Journalism form SUNY, Old Westbury, Long Island and a graduate degree in Political Management from the George Washington University. My mission is to expand women’s voices and frame new dialogues on critical political, cultural and economic developments in our communities. I feel with our collaborative efforts and synergy, we can discover new areas of growth and innovation that will take SAJA to the next level in the coming years.    


    HEMA PARMAR

    I first heard about SAJA several years ago as an undergraduate student. Through it, I attended the annual convention in New York, expanded my industry network and was given a mentor as part of SAJA’s mentorship program. SAJA fueled my inspiration to be a journalist. In the years that followed I would attend speaker events and meet other young reporters. I became aware of the large SAJA community that extends across North America. My mentor kept encouraging me to apply to Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. When the time was right I did. I was thrilled to have been accepted.

    I’d love to now give back to SAJA: to help organize events, engage with the community, spur new ideas and share my enthusiasm with the team. I’ve gathered several years of industry experience under my belt – from covering energy policy on Capitol Hill to producing television in Western Canada. I now work for Bloomberg TV in New York City. 

    I would be honored to serve SAJA as one of its board members.


    MYTHILI RAO

    As a public radio news producer and book critic, I have SAJA to thank for my career in journalism.

    I joined the organization as a grad student.  A few days after leaving my resume at CNN's table at the first SAJA career fair I attended, I got a call from CNN's assignment desk. That call lead to a freelance position at CNN, and eventually, to a full-time job.

    I now work at WNYC as a producer on The Takeaway, a radio news analysis program produced in coordination with Public Radio International, The New York Times, and WGBH in Boston airing daily on NPR-affiliate stations around the country.  I also write book reviews-- most often for The Daily Beast, but also for The New York Times Book Review, Newsweek, Words Without Borders, Publishers Weekly and others.

    If elected to the board, I’d challenge myself and fellow board members to find creative new ways to help SAJA foster a spirit of community and professional development for South Asian journalists at all stages of their careers.

    SAJA’s skill-building and mentorship sessions, scholarship/grant opportunities, networking events, and cultural programming have long made it a tremendous resource for journalists.  As a member of the board, I’d work hard to maintain these strong programs while expanding SAJA’s digital presence and industry-wide profile.  In a dynamic field, an organization like ours has to keep growing and changing to stay relevant-- which is exactly what I’d focus on doing if elected.

    SAJA has given me a lot. I’m running for a seat on the board because I’d like to give back.

  • Thursday, November 14, 2013 3:20 AM | Sovy Azhath (Administrator)
    Thank you to those of you who were able to make it to our annual Gala and Awards dinner last month!

    It was a very special night at the Yale Club in New York City, where we honored journalists from around the world for their outstanding commitment to the craft and their abilities to cover the South Asian diaspora.

    Our keynote speaker, Soledad O'Brien, gave a humbling speech about her biracial background and how her roots from a multicultural family strengthened her drive in the broadcast profession.

    Our emcee for the evening was ESPN's Kevin Negandhi, who kept us laughing and energized throughout the night. He reminded all of the guests at the gala that we were South Asians pursuing our journalism careers, and that's a trait worth celebrating.

    Among our talented group of award presenters was Dr. Prabhjot Singh, a professor at Columbia University and a practicing physician in Harlem, who was attacked by a group of young men in September. The N.Y.P.D are classifying Dr. Singh's attack as a hate crime. Last year, Dr. Singh wrote an op-ed in The New York Times about the city's methods for tracking hate crimes. After the attack, Dr. Singh was quick to focus the media attention on the community. At SAJA, he spoke about his hopes to create a neighborhood where young people do not have to turn to violence, or hate-driven acts, and instead, have a healthy understanding of various cultures and religions.

    We were also fortunate to have Miss America 2014, Nina Davuluri present our award for "Outstanding Feature Story About South Asia, or the Worldwide South Asian Diaspora." Davuluri, who was the first South Asian-American crowned the Miss America title in September spoke about her year-long platform celebrating diversity and cultural competency. She also spoke about how her process to become the next Miss America was one that required breaking down walls and stereotypes within the South Asian community.

    For more details on this year's Gala and Awards Dinner, please visit the SAJA's blog, SAJAForum, where we have exclusive Q&A's with some of our speakers and presenters, and created a social media wrap up of the evening!

    To see the winners from this year's Gala and Awards Dinner click here: SAJA Awards page.

    We would also like to thank our corporate sponsors for their help and support during our annual awards event:

    Dow Jones/Wall Street Journal
    Bloomberg News
    CNN
    NBC News
    CBS News
    Al Jazeera America
    The New York Times
    The New York Daily News
    The New York Association of Black Journalists
    Citibank
  • Thursday, November 14, 2013 3:18 AM | Sovy Azhath (Administrator)
    SAJA Annual Members Meeting, Board Election & Holiday Party

    Save-the-date: Thursday December 5

    On Thursday December 5, 2013 at 6:30 PM EST, SAJA will hold its annual members meeting and board elections in New York City.

    Voting will be conducted in person at the annual meeting and based on online proxy ballots which can be cast from November 18 through 3 PM EST on December 5, 2013.

    Our annual holiday parties will follow in New York City and Washington DC.

    Four SAJA board member positions will be open for the two-year term of 2014-2015. To contest, a statement of intent must be submitted by each candidate by midnight (EST) on November 15, 2013.

    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. Prospective board members should also expect to assist with and be available for the 2014 SAJA Convention & Dinner planned on August 1 & 2 in New York City.

    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.

    Statements of intent must be submitted by midnight on November 15 (EST) by email to SAJA Officer-at-Large Amita Parashar Kelly at amita.parashar@gmail.com, with the subject line: “SAJA 2013 ELECTION [LASTNAME]”

    Candidates must include the 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 Officer-at-Large Amita Parashar Kelly at amita.parashar@gmail.com or SAJA Vice President Sharaf Mowjood vp@saja.org.

    HOLIDAY PARTY
    Immediately following annual meeting and election results announcement, members and friends of SAJA are invited to meet with fellow SAJA members and supporters at an annual holiday party in New York City or Washington DC. Stay tuned for location and RSVP information.
  • Thursday, September 12, 2013 12:24 AM | Sovy Azhath (Administrator)
    SAJA Annual Gala and Awards Dinner

    Hurry and purchase your tickets to SAJA's Annual Gala and Awards Dinner in New York City on October 5th! Our 'Early Bird' prices will end on September 8th! So get your tickets now while they are still on sale!

    Until September 8th
    Student Members (first 20 members): $100
    SAJA Members: $200
    Non-Members: $250

    On October 5th, 2013 please join us for our annual awards dinner and gala at The Yale Club as we honor and recognize excellence in journalism coverage of South Asia as well as outstanding reporting by South Asian journalists.

    This will be a fantastic opportunity to network with fellow SAJA members, other reporters, editors and producers from reputable media outlets such as: CNN, CBS News, Al Jazeera America, Dow Jones/The Wall Street Journal, ESPN, NBC News, and The New York Times to name a few!


    ESPN's Kevin Negandhi and Emmy award-winning journalist Soledad O'Brien will be joining SAJA for their annual Awards Dinner and Gala

    SAJA friend and supporter Soledad O'Brien will be our keynote speaker for the evening. Emmy-award winning O'Brien recently signed on with Al Jazeera America's evening news program America Tonight as a special correspondent. Kevin Negandhi of ESPN's SportsCenter, and a SAJA friend and member, will be the emcee for the evening.

    Regular Ticket Prices (After September 8th):
    Student Members: $125
    SAJA Members: $250
    Non-Members: $300

    Is your news organization or media company is interested in purchasing a corporate table? It will include 10 Tickets and a special recognition by SAJA!

    Corporate Tables: $2,500/table (10 tickets) Companies interested in paying for their corporate table by check can make their check payable to: SAJA Group Inc. and please mail their check to:
    John Laxmi
    SAJA Treasurer
    17 Cotswood Road, Greenwich, C.T. 06830

    **Tickets are only available until September 30, 2013!**

    There will be no onsite registration, so secure your seats today!

    Please note: Tickets are non-refundable.



    SAJA @The Metropolitan Museum of Art


    SAJA will be hosting a special, free lecture and exhibit with SAJA friend and artist, Imran Qureshi, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. Get a chance to walk through the Islamic Art Exhibit where Qureshi's current gallery of Indian Moghul artwork is on display. Then mingle and network with the artist himself and fellow SAJA members at the museum's beautiful rooftop garden.

    This is an exclusive event for SAJA members.

    Registration Mandatory
    Please register here!

    WHERE: Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 5th Ave (Corner of East 82nd Street) New York, N.Y.
    WHEN: Thursday, September 12, 2013
    Time: 6:30 P.M. - 9:00 P.M.

    Any questions, contact SAJA Vice President Sharaf Mowjood: vp [at] saja.org


    The rooftop garden of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City



    SAJA & SLWB Press Freedom Lecture

    SAJA's Toronto group and Sri Lankans Without Borders present the Lasantha Wickrematunge Memorial Lecture in support of press freedom and human rights.

    Lasantha Wickrematunge was the founder and editor of Sri Lanka's Sunday Leader newspaper. Wickrematunge was known to be extreamely vocal about government corruption, and was gunned down on January 8, 2009 in a Colombo suburb.

    The program will consist of Q&A's, discussions and a reception with: Sonali Samrasinghe, J.S. Tissainayagam, Stewart Bell, Sanjana Hattotuwa and more!

    WHEN: Saturday, September 21th, 2013
    WHERE: Ryerson University, 350 Victoria Street, Toronto, Ontario, M5B 2K3
    Time: 12:00 P.M. - 5:00 P.M.

    More information here: https://www.facebook.com/events/543958668991938/



    SAJA Comes To CBS News!

    Here's a chance to get an exclusive behind the scenes look at CBS News!

    Join fellow SAJA members as CBS News producers will give us a newsroom tour around the CBS studios. This event is free for SAJA members!

    We will then watch the live national newscast of "CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley" from the control room and studio.
    5:30 P.M. - Registration/Security
    5:45 P.M. - 6:30 P.M. - Newsroom & Studio Tour
    6:30 P.M. - 7:00 P.M. - Watch Scott Pelley host his live telecast of "CBS Evening News"
    7:00 P.M. - 7:30 P.M. - Q&A with CBS recruiters, producers and talents

    WHEN: Thursday, September 26th, 2013
    WHERE: CBS Broadcast Center, 530 West 57th Street (between 10th & 11th Ave.) New York, N.Y. 10019
    Time: 5:30 P.M. - 7:30 P.M. (Please arrive promptly!)

    Registration is mandatory!
    Register before opening slots fill up! Please register here!

    SAJA Members: Free!
    Non-Members: $10

    Questions? Please contact SAJA President: Sovy Azhath - president [at] saja.org



    Students Only: SAJA Comes To CNN in D.C. In October!
    Students!
    Here's a great way to get an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of the political headquarters at the CNN D.C. Bureau. Take a tour around the studios and watch how CNN reporters and producers report the day's top stories. And get a chance to talk to speak with CNN D.C. producers and on-air correspondents in an exclusive Q&A.

    This event is open to 11 STUDENTS ONLY! So please sign up today before all slots are filled!

    WHEN: Thursday, October 17th, 2013

    WHERE: CNN - Washington DC Bureau

    Register for this FREE event here!

    More details coming soon!

    Any questions, please contact: CNN D.C. Producer: Pallavi Reddy - pallavi.reddy [at] turner.com or SAJA Secretary: Shefali Kulkarni - secretary [at] saja.org
  • Monday, September 09, 2013 7:02 PM | Sovy Azhath (Administrator)
    NEW YORK - The South Asian Journalists Association ( SAJA) and SAJA Group Inc. are pleased to announce the finalists in its annual journalism awards contest.

    Finalists for the SAJA 2013 Journalism Awards for work published in 2012 include journalism pieces published in
    The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, and The Atlantic, among others.

    This year, SAJA received more than 115 entries in 9 categories. Finalists were selected by nine different judges who are reporters, editors and writers from around the United States. The winners will be announced at
    SAJA's 19th Annual Awards Gala on Saturday, October 5, 2013 at the Yale Club in New York City.

    Each award winner will receive a certificate and the student winners will receive an additional cash prize.


    SAJA JOURNALISM AWARD FINALISTS

    The Daniel Pearl Award for outstanding reporting about South Asia

    The Man Who Retrieves The Taliban’s Dead

    Kevin Sieff
    The Washington Post

    Why This 13-Year Old’s Parents Want Her Married Despite India’s Laws

    Stephanie Nolen
    The Globe and Mail

    A Woman's Drug-Resistant TB Echoes Around The World
    Geeta Anand

    The Wall Street Journal

    *****


    Outstanding enterprise reporting about South Asia or the worldwide South Asian diaspora


    Falak: The Complete True Story Of ‘India’s Baby’

    Paul Beckett and Krishna Pokharel
    The Wall Street Journal

    Mother India Starves Her Children

    Bloomberg staff

    Sri Lanka: Kidney Ailment Linked To Farm Chemicals

    Rhitu Chatterjee
    PRI’s The World

    *****


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

    Microhydro Drives Change In Rural Nepal

    Amy Yee
    The New York Times

    Lender’s Own Probe Links It To Suicides

    Erika Kinetz
    Associated Press

    Poor In India Starve As Politicians Steal $14.5 Billion Worth Of Food

    Mehul Srivasta and Andrew MacAskill
    Bloomberg

    *****


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

    In Nepal, After Revolt, ‘Art Was Changed Forever’
    Amy Yee

    The New York Times

    1,100 Pounds Of Matzo In Kathmandu: Welcome To The World's Largest Seder
    Amy Yee

    The Atlantic

    Afghanistan's Online War Of Words

    Ali M. Latifi
    Al Jazeera

    *****


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

    Early Death Assured In India Where 900M Don’t Eat Enough
    Mehul Srivastava and Adi Narayan

    Bloomberg

    A Woman's Drug-Resistant TB Echoes Around The World
    Geeta Anand

    The Wall Street Journal

    Jism 2: Film Review
    Lisa Tsering

    The Hollywood Reporter

    *****


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

    The Dark Side Of India's 'Mr Clean'

    Dan Morrison
    Al Jazeera

    Shooting Attack On Sikh Temple Is Attack On All Of Us
    Aisha Sultan

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch

    In India, A Small Pill, With Positive Side Effects
    Amy Yee

    The New York Times

    *****


    Outstanding story on any subject: For South Asian journalists


    A Woman's Drug-Resistant TB Echoes Around The World
    Geeta Anand

    The Wall Street Journal

    ‘Perversion Files’ Show Locals Helped Cover Up

    Nigel Duara
    The Associated Press

    Rap Sheet: H. Rap Brown, Civil Rights Revolutionary - Cop Killer Or FBI Target?
    Obaid H. Siddiqui

    Illume Magazine

    *****


    Outstanding editorial/op-ed/commentary on any subject: For South Asian Journalists

    Disparity In Pay Divides Doctors
    Manoj Jain

    The Washington Post

    How Indian Immigrants Could Save The Republican Party
    S. Mitra Kalita

    Quartz

    ‘Truly Civil’ Torture
    Anil Kalhan

    ImmigrationProf Blog

    *****


    Outstanding story on any subject by a South Asian student in the United States or Canada


    Keeping Turkana Girls in School and The Future of Education in Turkana
    Dipti Kumar

    Video: http://bit.ly/17kdCIi

    What Are You Doing to Fix India’s Broken Education System?
    Rakesh Mani


    The Long Farewell: A Medicine That’s Transforming The Way We Live

    Anjali Thomas
  • Sunday, August 04, 2013 12:41 PM | Sovy Azhath (Administrator)
    Emmy Award-Winning Journalist Soledad O'Brien Will Be Our Keynote Speaker For The 2013 SAJA Annual Awards Gala!

    On October 5th, 2013 please join us for our annual awards dinner and gala at The Yale Club in New York City!

    We will honor and recognize excellence in journalism coverage of South Asia as well as outstanding reporting by South Asian journalists. This will be a fantastic opportunity to network with fellow SAJA members, other reporters, editors and producers from reputable media outlets such as: CNN, CBS News, Al Jazeera America, Dow Jones/The Wall Street Journal, ESPN, NBC News, and The New York Times to name a few!

    SAJA friend and supporter Soledad O'Brien will be our keynote speaker for the evening. O'Brien is the chairman and CEO of Starfish Media Group and produces documentaries and reports for HBO's Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel. She recently signed on with Al Jazeera America's evening news program America Tonight as a special correspondent.

    Stay tuned for more details on speakers and presenters!

    WHERE: The Yale Club of New York City, 50 Vanderbilt Avenue, New York, N.Y. 10017 (Directly across from Grand Central Terminal in Midtown Manhattan)

    WHEN: Saturday October 5th, 2013
    Time: 5:00 - 9:00 P.M.

    Purchase Tickets Here: http://saja.org/events?eventId=711262&EventViewMode=EventDetails

    Get your tickets now before prices go up!
    There will be no onsite registration for the Gala, so secure your seats today!

    EARLY BIRD TICKET SPECIALS: Register by September 8th to get these discounted prices!
    Student Members (the first 20 members) : $100
    SAJA Members: $200
    Non-members: $250

    After September 8th: Regular Ticket Prices
    Student Members: $125
    SAJA Members: $250
    Non-Members: $300

    Is your news organization interested in purchasing a Corporate Table?
    It includes 10 tickets and a special recognition by SAJA!

    Corporate Tables: $2,500/table (10 tickets)

    Companies interested in paying for their corporate table by check can make their check payable to: SAJA Group Inc. and please mail their check to:

    John Laxmi
    SAJA Treasurer
    17 Cotswood Road, Greenwich, C.T. 06830

    Tickets are only available until September 30, 2013!
    Please note: Tickets are non-refundable.


    This is a banquet-style dinner. Please dress in formal attire. Many attending will be wearing South Asian-style, in tune with the organization's region of focus, but all styles are welcome.
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