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  • 2020-05-12 7:00 PM | Anonymous

    Georgetown's journalism program called this a "terrific event and a thread to read through". WATCH journalist Aneri Pattani and Clinical Psychologist Dr. Sumi Raghavan discuss mental health issues for journalists and tools to help navigate the uncertainty of this period. You may also READ the twitter thread.

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  • 2020-03-25 6:30 PM | Anonymous

    We had a great time speaking with our members and friends at our last happy hour.  We hope it was as valuable for you as it was for us. We're going to have many more of these in the coming months. So, stay tuned, subscribe to our newsletter, follow us on facebook and twitter to find out more about SAJA's programs and events through this quarantine period.  


  • 2019-08-17 9:15 PM | Anonymous

    South Asian Journalists Association will be hosting its 25th anniversary gala on Saturday, October 5, 2019 at the grand ballroom of WeWork, Bryant Park. We're celebrating 25 years of SAJA and the ever growing and ever achieving world of journalism relating to South Asians and South Asian. We will be honoring journalists with awards in 8 categories. There will be wine, food, shop talk, nostalgia and a whole lot of great people to meet - basically, every reason you should be there. 

    SAJA invites you to join in celebrating 25 wonderful years of the South Asian journalists' community.




    Amitava Kumar is the author of several works of nonfiction and two novels. Kumar’s most recent novel is Immigrant, Montana, included in the list of most “notable books of the year” at the New York Times and also the “best books of the year” at The New Yorker. (Former President Barack Obama also named Immigrant, Montana among his favorite books of the year.) In Spring 2020, Duke University Press will publish Kumar’s book on writing and style, Every Day I Write the Book. In 2016, Kumar was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship for nonfiction and also a Ford Fellowship from US Artists. His writing has been published in Granta, Harper’s, The New Yorker, the Guardian, Brick, Vanity Fair, and the New York Times. Kumar has been awarded residencies at Yaddo, MacDowell Colony, the Lannan Foundation, the Norman Mailer Writing Colony, and the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Center in Italy. He is the Helen D. Lockwood Professor of English at Vassar College.

    Mira Jacob is the author and illustrator of Good Talk: A Memoir in Conversations. Her critically acclaimed novel, The Sleepwalker’s Guide to Dancing, was a Barnes & Noble Discover New Writers pick, shortlisted for India’s Tata First Literature Award, and longlisted for the Brooklyn Literary Eagles Prize. It was named one of the best books of 2014 by Kirkus Reviews, the Boston Globe, Goodreads, Bustle, and The Millions. Her writing and drawings have appeared in The New York Times, Electric Literature, Tin House, Literary Hub, Guernica, Vogue, the Telegraph, and Buzzfeed, and she has a drawn column on Shondaland. She currently teaches at The New School, and she is a founding faculty member of the MFA Program at Randolph College.

    Dr. Neeraj Kaushal is an economist and journalist by training, and an expert on comparative immigration policy and the author of a new book on this topic, Blaming Immigrants. She is professor of Social Policy and chair of the doctoral program at Columbia School of Social Work. In Blaming Immigrants: Nationalism and the Economics of Global Movement she investigates the core causes of rising disaffection towards immigrants globally and tests common complaints against immigration. She has authored or co-authored over 50 peer-reviewed scientific articles and book chapters on immigrants and other vulnerable populations. She writes a monthly column in the Economic Times, India’s largest financial daily.

    Suketu Mehta
    is the New York-based author of This Land is Our Land: An Immigrant’s Manifesto (2019) and Maximum City: Bombay Lost and Found (2005), which won the Kiriyama Prize and the Hutch Crossword Award, and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, the Lettre Ulysses Prize, the BBC4 Samuel Johnson Prize, and the Guardian First Book Award. He has won the O. Henry Prize, a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship for his fiction, a Whiting Award in Fiction and Nonfiction, and a Guggenheim Fellowship. He has also written original screenplays for films, including New York, I Love You (2008) and Mission Kashmir (2000). His work has been published in The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, National Geographic, Granta, Harper’s, Time, and Newsweek, and has been featured on NPR’s Fresh Air and All Things Considered. He is an Associate Professor of Journalism at New York University.


    6-7 PM
    Registration & Cocktail Hour  

    7 PM
    SAJA Over The Years : A panel of SAJA board members promise to everyone down the memory lane.
    Panelists: Sree Sreenivasan, Anusha Shrivastava, Vikas Bajaj, Sharaf Mowjood, Jyoti Thottam.
    Moderator: Prerana Thakurdesai  

    7.45 PM
    SAJA Journalism Awards presentation

    8.10 PM
    Keynote Panel: Writing on Ethnicities, State & Citizenship in our times with Amitava Kumar & Suketu Mehta 

    Networking Hour  

  • 2019-02-28 5:00 PM | Anonymous

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    Join SAJA for an exclusive fireside chat with Fast Company Editor-In-Chief Stephanie Mehta. 

    Come learn tricks, tips and get the right tools from one of the nation's top digital news directors and network with your peers. 

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    SAJA's Sameepa Shetty 

    Date: Feb 28th, 2019

    Time: 5-6 PM

    Limited seating available.

    Register Here

  • 2019-02-12 6:00 PM | Anonymous

    Let's get together, catch up and talk about what SAJA has in store this year! Non-SAJA members welcome, and the event is FREE!

    Green Zone
    2226 18th Street Northwest
    Washington DC 

  • 2018-12-08 11:31 AM | Anonymous

    The most talked-about wedding since the Royals, Priyanka Chopra and NickJonas' recent nuptials dominated headlines, Tweets and generated several think pieces - but none more controversial than Mariah Smith's take in The Cut. Published this week, the backlash was enough for the online publication to remove the entire article from their website. What's left is a note from The Cut's editor.

    Join Shefali S. Kulkarni of the Washington Post and former SAJA Vice President, in a conversation with journalists and writers about why Priyanka and Nick's wedding was covered in such a controversial spotlight.
    Guests include:

    • Aseem Chabra, author of Priyanka Chopra: The Incredible Story of a Global Bollywood Star
    • Mallika Rao, a contributor to The Atlantic
    • Elizabeth Segran Ph.D., senior staff writer at Fast Company
    • Aarti Virani, former SAJA VP, arts and culture writer and contributing editor to Vogue India

      Bring your questions and join us!

      Note: SAJA invited The Cut to join us in a discussion about Smith's piece, but we did not hear back from the publication's editor-in-chief.

  • 2016-11-28 10:59 PM | Shefali Kulkarni

    SAJA Vice President Shefali S. Kulkarni of BBC News spoke with journalists and experts in a conversation about the US elections what its aftermath means for the US and South Asian Americans. 

    Guests include: 

    • Sayu Bhojwani, founder of New American Leaders Project, which works to elect first- and second-gen candidates for office (follow her @SayuBhojwani).
    • Manu Raju, Senior Political Reporter for CNN who has been covering the US Election this year (follow him @mkraju).
    • Arun Venugopal, Reporter of United States of Anxiety, WNYC election podcast (follow him @arunNYC).
    • Congressman-elect Raja Krishnamoorthi who just won the 8th Congressional District race in Illinois (follow him @RajaForCongress).
  • 2015-02-07 2:07 PM | Anonymous

    SAJA Announces 2015 Executive Board and multi-year grant from Dow Jones Foundation; South Asian Journalists Association marks its 21st year as a major organization, bringing together 1,000+ journalists in the US and Canada

    Feb 5, 2015, New York, NY -- The board of directors of SAJA, the South Asian Journalists Association (@sajahq), appointed a new executive committee at its first meeting of the year in January.

    Sharaf Mowjood (@Mowjood), an associate producer at NBC’s Special Reports With Brian Williams, was re-elected as president. Aarti Virani (@aartivirani), a freelance arts and culture writer and contributing editor at Vogue India, was elected as vice president. A new addition to SAJA, Trisha Sakhuja (@Tsakhuja13), content manager at and managing editor at Brown Girl Magazine, was elected as secretary. Veteran SAJA member and Connecticut-based freelance writer, John Laxmi (@johnlaxmi), was re-elected as treasurer. And Divya Singaravelu (@divya_158), who was a student coordinator for SAJA at Columbia University and currently serves as a digital transformation consultant at Sapient Global Markets, was elected as officer-at-large.

    Other board members include: Shefali Kulkarni (@shefalikulkarni), digital producer at Public Radio International; Sovy Azhath (@SovyProducer), producer and writer at CNN Headline News; Anup Kaphle (@AnupKaphle), digital foreign editor at The Washington Post; Mythili Rao (@MythiliRao), producer at WNYC; Kamini Ramdeen (@KaminiRamdeen), content editor at Zee TV USA and editor at Brown Girl Magazine and SAJA co-founder and chief digital officer at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Sree Sreenivasan (@sree).

    “We are thrilled to welcome new board members who are already bringing in fresh ideas and programming for SAJA,” said Mowjood. “These are exciting times for our organization.”

    “As SAJA looks towards the next twenty years, we’re eager to contribute to all our members’ journalism journeys in increasingly meaningful, tangible and effective ways,” said Virani.

    SAJA will continue its mission of awarding journalism scholarships to students of South Asian descent or those interested in the diaspora and build upon its other fellowship and internship programs.

    Additionally, SAJA is also delighted to announce it has won a three-year grant from the Dow Jones Foundation to help SAJA’s membership and donor base. For the next three years, the Foundation, which is funded largely by Dow Jones, a News Corp. company (@DJNF), will provide SAJA with a base grant, as well as a significant conditional grant that is tied to SAJA demonstrating its ability to broaden its base of supporters.

    “SAJA has been instrumental in expanding the diverse pool of journalism talent in the US and we are glad to help them in this pioneering effort to broaden their membership and deepen their base of supporters,” said Raju Narisetti (@raju), a Foundation director. Narisetti is also a life member of SAJA and currently Senior Vice President, Strategy, at News Corp.

    “Developing a sustainable, diversified and long-term donor base has been a long-term goal of SAJA and we are grateful for this grant in continuing that process,” said Laxmi.

    SAJA’s "Dollar-a-Day" campaign, already launched, has made a great start in cultivating a varied donor base. If you would like to participate in our “Dollar-a-Day” campaign or make a donation of any amount, please go to

    To learn more about SAJA scholarships and other funding opportunities visit: The new 2015 national board voted on approving up to $50,000 in scholarships and internship funds for its student members. These funds aim to fuel young South Asian journalists and students propel their media careers.

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