SAJA Announces Awards Finalists

Saturday, May 21, 2011 12:43 PM | Jigar Mehta (Administrator)
May 20, 2011

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 2011 Journalism Awards for work published in 2010 include NPR, Time, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Glamour, NPR and The Wall Street Journal.

This year, SAJA received more than 200 entries in 10 categories. Finalists were selected by more than 15 judges. The winners will be announced at SAJA's 17th Annual Awards Banquet on Saturday, June 18, 2011 at Columbia University. 

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

SAJA JOURNALISM AWARD FINALISTS

Category 1 - The Daniel Pearl Award for outstanding reporting about South Asia, or South Asians in North America: All Media

Along The Grand Trunk Road: Coming Of Age In India And Pakistan  --  Steve Inskeep; Julie McCarthy; Phillip Reeves, NPR    
On Patrol (Series) 1, 2, 3, 4 -- Christopher Chivers, The New York Times
The Shadow War (Series) 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 -- Mark Mazzetti,Dexter Filkins, The New York Times
India‚Äôs Diabetes Epidemic Cuts Down Millions Who Escape Poverty -- Jason Gale, Bloomberg News
Afghan Women and The Return of the Taliban -- Aryn Baker, TIME

Category 2. Outstanding story about the worldwide South Asians diaspora: All Media

An American Honor Killing -- Abigail Pesta, Marie Claire
Nikki Haley  --    George Joseph, India Abroad
They've Struck Oil, But They're Not Rich -- Sachi Cunningham, Los Angeles Times
Bhutanese refugees series --      Matt O'Brien, Jane Tyska, Contra Costa Times / Bay Area News Group

Category 3. Outstanding business story about South Asia, or the worldwide South Asians diaspora: All Media

The Organ Dealer -- Yudhijit Bhattacharjee, Discover magazine     
Suicides in India Revealing How Men Made a Mess of Microcredit -- Yoolim Lee, Ruth David,  Bloomberg News
Tax-Free Living in Pakistan -- Adam Ellick, The New York Times
The Most Wanted Surrogates in the World -- Habiba Nosheen, Hilke Schellmann, Glamour

Category 4. Outstanding arts, culture, or travel story about South Asia, or South Asians in North America: All media

Street Food Goes Gourmet -- Preeti Chandan, India-West
How India's Success Is Killing Its Holy River --  Jyoti Thottam, TIME    
A Normal Man In A Not So Normal World -- Amitava Kumar, Preston Merchant,  The Caravan
Behind the Scenes at the South Asian Spelling Bee -- Dr Mona Khanna, Shar Adrias, southasianspellingbee.com


Category 5. Outstanding editorial/commentary on South Asia, or South Asians in North America: All media

My Mother's Last Sari -- Madhulika Sikka, Daily Beast
Obama's Pakistan Dilemma -- Matthew Kaminski, The Wall Street Journal
But Is It Racist? -- Tanzila Ahmed, Sepia Mutiny
Photojournalist notebook: Reflections on a visit to Bhutan and Nepal, Jane Tyska,         The Oakland Tribune/Bay Area News Group

Category 6. Outstanding photograph about South Asia, or the worldwide South Asians diaspora (single or series)

Women of Afghanistan Under Taliban Threat -- Aryn Baker,        TIME
The Mainali Family Journey Part 1 & 2 -- Jane Tyska, The Oakland Tribune/Bay Area News Group
Along The Grand Trunk Road: Coming Of Age In India And Pakistan  --  Steve Inskeep; Julie McCarthy; Phillip Reeves, NPR

Category 7. Outstanding coverage of the South Asian environment, including the Pakistan floods (All Media)

Coal India Limited -- Srinivas Kuruganti, Blurb books
Inside the Flood Zone -- Reza Sayah, CNN
NPR Flood Coverage -- William Craven, Julie McCarthy, NPR







Category 8. Outstanding story on any subject: All media

More airport security screenings for Sikhs (Series) -- Anju Kaur, Sikh News Network
Rwanda: Take Two -- Pia Sawhney, The Washington Post
Warlord Reflection On Liberia's Bloody Wars -- Seema Mathur, Mike Martin, CNN
SF Police Chief: Muslims a Possible Threat -- Anser Hassan , Illume Media


Category 9. Outstanding editorial/op-ed/commentary on any subject: All media

Let These Women Pray! -- Asra Nomani, Daily Beast
Across the Border - Tech-savvy, Poverty-ridden -- Sujeet Rajan, The Indian Express North American edition
Detention Reform and Its Discontents, Anil Kalhan, Dorf on Law

Category 10. Outstanding photograph about South Asia, or the worldwide South Asians diaspora (single or series)

Judges did not select a winner in this category.

Category 11. Outstanding story on any subject by a South Asian student in the US or Canada: All media

Rogue militias abuse rural Afghans -- Mujib Mashal, Al Jazeera English
The Heretics -- Vivekananda Nemana, Shoeleather Magazine
$325 a week; living as a newspaper vendor -- Vishal Persaud, The Wage Divide
Watch and learn -- Riddhi Shah, Boston Globe
Canadian women getting controversial surgery to mimic virginity -- Tamara Baluja, The Province
 
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