2016 SAJA Journalism Awards


[Jason Motlagh's "Ghosts of Rana Plaza" on the collapse of a Bangladeshi garment factory, which won last year's Daniel Pearl Award.]

SAJA is proud to share, we will host this year's annual awards dinner on July 16 at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. Stay tuned for more information! 

We are now accepting entries for the 2016 SAJA Journalism Awards in 10 categories, including the Daniel Pearl Award for Outstanding Reporting, for stories on South Asia and/or the South Asian diaspora.

Please encourage newsroom journalists and freelancers you know to apply for the awards. 

The deadline for entering the awards is TONIGHT (4/27/2016) 12:00AM est (on 4/28/2016). 

Full information on the categories and how to apply is available below. 

If you have any questions, please email Trisha Sakhuja at Trisha.Sakhuja@AsiaTVUSA.com. 

The winners will be announced at SAJA's awards dinner on July 16. 

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. 

Note: The countries that we consider as part of "South Asia" are India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bangladesh, Maldives, Bhutan and Afghanistan.

We are accepting published pieces from Jan 1. 2015 to Dec. 30, 2015.

Like SAJA's scholarships and internships, current and past board members are *NOT* eligible for awards.

We are only accepting entries from U.S. based publications. 

You can see a list of winners from previous years here.

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(Click on each category for the application. Please submit written work that is published )

Category 1: The Daniel Pearl Award for outstanding reporting about South Asia: All media

Established in honor of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl, who was killed while reporting in Pakistan, this award recognizes outstanding in-depth reporting that exhibits the kind of courage and integrity that Pearl embodied in his work.

Category 2: Outstanding enterprise reporting about South Asia or the worldwide South Asian diaspora: All media

This award recognizes outstanding original reporting -- including explanatory and investigative journalism -- helping explain a significant and complex subject on any topic. The reporting can be a single article or a series on a specific topic.

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

This award recognizes outstanding news, feature or explanatory reporting in business and economics.

Category 4: Outstanding arts and culture reporting about South Asia, or the worldwide South Asians diaspora: All media

This award recognizes outstanding reporting about arts, culture or lifestyle.

Category 5: Outstanding feature story about South Asia, or the worldwide South Asians diaspora: All media

This award recognizes outstanding creative writing that covers news, sports, business or entertainment.

Category 6: Outstanding photography about South Asia, or the worldwide South Asians diaspora

This award recognizes outstanding feature or breaking news photography in black and white or color.

Category 7: Outstanding multimedia story about South Asia, or the worldwide South Asians diaspora (includes video stories, audio slideshows, interactive graphics)

This award recognizes outstanding multimedia storytelling that uses video, audio slideshows, and interactive graphics.

For journalists of South Asian origin working in North America for any media outlet:

Category 8: Outstanding story on any subject: All media

This award recognizes outstanding reporting on any subject and in any medium. Note: This category is for journalists of South Asian origin working in North America.

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

This award recognizes outstanding opinion column, commentary or analysis on any issue. Published works in any medium (text, cartoons or videos) are eligible to enter. Note: This category is for journalists of South Asian origin working in North America.

For students of South Asian origin in North America:

Category 10: Outstanding story on any subject by a South Asian student in the US or Canada: All media

This award recognizes outstanding reporting on any subject by a South Asian student studying in North America. Reporting can be in any field or medium. Note: This category is for students of South Asian origin studying in North America.


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