South Asian Journalists Association (SAJA)

South Asian Journalists Association (SAJA) SAJA is a nonprofit networking and resource organization for journalists and others interested in South Asia and its diaspora. We love all things desi. You can, too. Join us as saja.org.

Founded in March 1994 with 18 members, today SAJA connects and serves more than 1,000 journalists at news outlets big and small. SAJA members are spread across North America; there are active chapters in New York, Washington, San Francisco, Boston, Chicago, Atlanta, Los Angeles and Toronto. For more information or to get involved, visit http://saja.org.

Mission: SAJA serves as a networking and resource forum for journalists of South Asian descent as well as for journalists and others interested in South Asia and the South Asian diaspora. Its mission includes acting as a resource to promote accurate coverage of South Asia and the diaspora.

Two days to go for the SAJA holiday party and annual members meeting. See you at Pondicheri cafe on December 13, 6.30PM....
12/11/2019

Two days to go for the SAJA holiday party and annual members meeting. See you at Pondicheri cafe on December 13, 6.30PM. Bring your friends!

Members: It's time to VOTE!Eight candidates are running for five positions on SAJA's board. This is your chance to have ...
11/19/2019
SAJA | South Asian Journalists Association - Elections

Members: It's time to VOTE!

Eight candidates are running for five positions on SAJA's board. This is your chance to have a say in the future of SAJA!

See their statements here: http://saja.org/elections

And vote here: http://saja.org/event-3634466 (click 'Register')

As a mid career journalist trying to pivot to a new beginning, dealing with the unforeseen challenges of New York City and journalism school, a proud Pakistani who’s been more often confused than clear about my South Asian roots — which range from Srinagar and Rampur to Quetta and Kandahar — S...

Want to be a SAJA board member? This is your opportunity to be on the board and make a difference. There is so much to b...
10/21/2019
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Our dear friends at South Asian American Digital Archive (SAADA) have lovingly documented SAJA stories that represent ou...
10/21/2019
The South Asian Journalist Association's 25th Anniversary Conference

Our dear friends at South Asian American Digital Archive (SAADA) have lovingly documented SAJA stories that represent our unique and diverse experiences over the past 25 years. #SAJA25

P.S If you have any archival SAJA material (emails, notes, pictures, stories) send it to us and we'll pass it along.

SAJA's 25th Anniversary Conference

Asia Society invites SAJA members to their “Meet the Asia Game Changers” discussion on October 24 from 1:30–3 pm. The an...
10/17/2019
Meet the 2019 Asia Game Changers

Asia Society invites SAJA members to their “Meet the Asia Game Changers” discussion on October 24 from 1:30–3 pm. The annual discussion will have this year's honorees of Asia Game Changers awards - barrier-breaking women who have made an impact in Asia and beyond. Meet Chhaya Sharma, a crusading force for victims of sexual violence in India, Pakistan’s gold medal-winning cricketer Sana Mir, Sharjah Art Foundation’s Hoor Al Qasimi, and Ctrip CEO Jane Jie Sun.

Boundary-breaking, stereotype-defying women make up the class of 2019 Asia Game Changers. This special preview event includes conversations with these remarkable individuals and a martial arts demonstration by honorees the Kung Fu Nuns.

10/08/2019

A message from Prerana Thakurdesai & Sree Sreenivasan

A big THANK YOU to everyone who came out yesterday to celebrate SAJA’s 25th anniversary. Thank you, especially, to the s...
10/06/2019
2019 Award Finalists

A big THANK YOU to everyone who came out yesterday to celebrate SAJA’s 25th anniversary. Thank you, especially, to the speakers and the volunteers. Here’s to many more! And congratulations to the winners of this year’s awards: saja.org/page-1753083 #SAJA25

10/05/2019

Panel on being heard in the newsroom #SAJA25

10/05/2019

Panel on international reporting #saja25

10/05/2019

Tackling underrepresentation of AAPI stories #SAJA25

10/05/2019

Breaking into the industry #SAJA25

Check out who is speaking at #SAJA25 Visit saja.com
09/16/2019
SAJA25 Speakers

Check out who is speaking at #SAJA25
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Investigative journalists, novelists, short story writers, poets, memoirists, essayists and screenwriters, as well as th...
09/16/2019
Under the Volcano

Investigative journalists, novelists, short story writers, poets, memoirists, essayists and screenwriters, as well as those working on projects that challenge traditional genre forms - registration for UNDER THE VOLCANO, an international program of writing masterclasses is open now.
Full fellowships and partial financial aid are available to qualified applicants.

MASTER CLASSES WITH MASTER WRITERS A multi-faceted program that aims to bring each writer’s voice to the next level…

It's a day of opportunities for SAJA members! The Barron’s Group is looking for journalists, producers, data enthusiasts...
09/04/2019
Dow Jones – Business & Financial News, Analysis & Insight

It's a day of opportunities for SAJA members!

The Barron’s Group is looking for journalists, producers, data enthusiasts and curious, sophisticated thinkers who are excited about joining their innovative news organization. Register for Barron’s Group Networking & Cocktail event and spend your evening at their New York office connecting with writers, editors, senior leaders and other news professionals and learn about what makes Dow Jones and the Barron’s Group a fulfilling place to work.
SAJA members can register here:

Dow Jones publishes the world’s most trusted business news and financial information in a variety of media. It delivers breaking news, exclusive insights, expert commentary and personal finance strategies.

Opportunity for SAJA members:SAJA-Knowledge@Wharton Fellowship is inviting business journalists to apply for funding opp...
09/04/2019
SAJA | South Asian Journalists Association - [email protected] Fellowship

Opportunity for SAJA members:

[email protected] Fellowship is inviting business journalists to apply for funding opportunities for the flagship Wharton Seminars for Business Journalists program in Philadelphia. One SAJA member will be selected for the funding opportunity. Each funding opportunity (which covers cost of tuition, course materials and most meals) is worth about $1,995 and is furnished by Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Deadline: Sep 16. APPLY HERE:

 The funding does not cover any other expenses. Other restrictions may apply. The award does NOT cover travel to and from Philadelphia or lodging. The Award is presented by SAJA and [email protected], the Wharton School's research and business analysis journal. SAJA is responsible for the administ...

"[T]he Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimated in 2016 that around 560,000 females had undergone or were at...
08/21/2019
We Know Female Genital Mutilation Has Been Happening in the US. How Do We Stop It?

"[T]he Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimated in 2016 that around 560,000 females had undergone or were at-risk of FGM, either in the U.S. or before arriving."

SAJA Reporting Fellow, Suman Naishadham, chronicles the horrific practice of female genital mutilation (FGM) in the US. Do read. #SAJAReportingFellowship

The first federal female genital mutilation case in the U.S. has reignited a longstanding debate over what constitutes the practice and how best to handle it.

When Women Rule - SAJA Reporting Fellow, Jennifer Chowdhury, travelled to Bangladesh to report on Rohingya women finding...
08/21/2019
Rohingya Women Aren't Just Refugees—They're Leaders

When Women Rule - SAJA Reporting Fellow, Jennifer Chowdhury, travelled to Bangladesh to report on Rohingya women finding their political voice. Tell us what you think. #SAJAReportingFellowship

Rohingya women are getting political.

This is a great opportunity for those attending ONA 2019 in September. ProPublica will pair mid-career journalists with ...
08/12/2019
Hand-Picked Mentors and Networking: Apply for ProPublica’s Diversity Mentorship Program at ONA — ProPublica

This is a great opportunity for those attending ONA 2019 in September. ProPublica will pair mid-career journalists with industry mentors through this mentorship program (also free hot breakfast at ONA!). Find out more and apply here!

You can now apply to be matched with a mentor at the annual diversity mentorship breakfast at the Online News Association conference in September.

SAVE THE DATE!SAJA will hold its annual convention and awards show on Oct. 5 in New York City to celebrate its 25th year...
07/30/2019
SAJA | South Asian Journalists Association - Home

SAVE THE DATE!

SAJA will hold its annual convention and awards show on Oct. 5 in New York City to celebrate its 25th year.

We will have a full day of a panels, featuring speakers from The New York Times, CNN, The Washington Post, and much more. That will be followed by an evening awards show, with a special keynote speaker.

More details, including how to register, will be announced soon. In the meantime, don't forget to enter for SAJA's annual awards: http://www.saja.org/

Here's a cool (and free) event to attend!South Asians in Sports presents, How Social Media is Impacting Sports Culture -...
07/23/2019
How Social Media Is Impacting Sports Culture

Here's a cool (and free) event to attend!

South Asians in Sports presents, How Social Media is Impacting Sports Culture - a discussion with South Asian sports business professionals, Anmol Malhotra (Head of Sports Partnerships, Snap Inc.) and Dev Sethi (Head of Sports, Instagram) who head sports partnerships for these two leading social platforms. The discussion will be moderated by Jyoti Agarwal, Lecturer at Columbia University (previously, NBA).

When: Tuesday, August 6th, 2019 6pm-8pm
Where: SeatGeek, 400 Lafayette St Fl 4, New York, NY 10003
RSVP: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/how-social-media-is-impacting-sports-culture-tickets-65482340443

South Asians in Sports presents, How Social Media is Impacting Sports Culture. Join us at the SeatGeek office for a discussion with South Asian sports business professionals, Anmol Malhotra (Head of Sports Partnerships, Snap Inc.) and Dev Sethi (Head of Sports, Instagram) who head sports partnership...

SAJA is now accepting entries for our 2019 Journalism Awards! Submissions are open till 8/18.
07/21/2019
SAJA 2019 Journalism Awards

SAJA is now accepting entries for our 2019 Journalism Awards! Submissions are open till 8/18.

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. Apply here.

We are here! Where are you?#SajaEvents
05/01/2019

We are here! Where are you?
#SajaEvents

Hey #SAJA friends & family -- we're just 2 hours away from the book talk-discussion on tech, algos, AI & machine intelli...
05/01/2019

Hey #SAJA friends & family -- we're just 2 hours away from the book talk-discussion on tech, algos, AI & machine intelligence with: Karthik Hosanagar -- Prof studying #Digital #Economy @Wharton; Cofounder @Yodle; Top 40 Business prof under 40. Angel investor, Internet

Hello D.C.-based members! On May 14, head over to Industry Dive's office to learn about opportunities and how to build a...
04/26/2019
Diversity Mixer at Industry Dive

Hello D.C.-based members! On May 14, head over to Industry Dive's office to learn about opportunities and how to build a strong resume. And, what's more? You get to mingle with D.C.-area members of Asian American Journalists Association, (NABJ) National Association of Black Journalists, National Association of Hispanic Journalists, Arab and Middle Eastern Journalists Association (AMEJA), and NLGJA - The Association of LGBTQ Journalists! Register now:

Come mingle with D.C.-area members of the Asian American Journalists Association, South Asian Journalists Association, Arab and Middle Eastern Journalists Association, National Association of Black Journalists, National Association of Hispanic Journalists, and the Association of LGBTQ Journalists (N...

DEADLINE EXTENDED: Applications due May 5!
04/26/2019
SAJA Reporting Fellowship Application

DEADLINE EXTENDED: Applications due May 5!

The South Asian Journalists Association reporting fellowship provides financial resources to freelancers and staff journalists looking to pursue in-depth reporting on South Asia or the South Asia diaspora. If you have questions about the application, please contact Meena Ganesan at sajareportingfell...

SAJA reporting fellowships provide financial resources to freelancers and staff journalists looking to pursue in-depth r...
04/23/2019
SAJA Reporting Fellowship Application

SAJA reporting fellowships provide financial resources to freelancers and staff journalists looking to pursue in-depth reporting on South Asia or the South Asian diaspora.

The fellowship is open to freelancers and staff journalists of all mediums who are able to publish their work in North America. SAJA plans to award up to $25,000 to reporting fellows in 2019 to celebrate its 25th anniversary. Anyone with a pitch and a letter of interest from an editor or producer can apply.

The South Asian Journalists Association reporting fellowship provides financial resources to freelancers and staff journalists looking to pursue in-depth reporting on South Asia or the South Asia diaspora. If you have questions about the application, please contact Meena Ganesan at sajareportingfell...

SAJA Reporting Fellowships provides financial resources to freelancers and staff journalists looking to pursue in-depth ...
04/23/2019
SAJA Reporting Fellowship Application

SAJA Reporting Fellowships provides financial resources to freelancers and staff journalists looking to pursue in-depth reporting on South Asia or the South Asian diaspora.

The fellowship is open to freelancers and staff journalists of all mediums who are able to publish their work in North America. SAJA plans to award up to $25,000 to reporting fellows in 2019 to celebrate its 25th anniversary. Anyone with a pitch and a letter of interest from an editor or producer can apply.

The South Asian Journalists Association reporting fellowship provides financial resources to freelancers and staff journalists looking to pursue in-depth reporting on South Asia or the South Asia diaspora. If you have questions about the application, please contact Meena Ganesan at sajareportingfell...

From retail to dating Artificial Intelligence controls most of your choices today. Have you noticed? Is there anything y...
04/16/2019

From retail to dating Artificial Intelligence controls most of your choices today. Have you noticed?

Is there anything you can do to regain control?
Angel investor, entrepreneur, radio co-host and also one of the world's top business school professor's gives us the answers.

RSVP to this special FREE event at Warby Parker's HQ in NYC to hear from the man himself - Kartik Hosanagar, May 1st, 6 pm onward. Details below.

http://www.saja.org/event-3347035

Using a SAJA Professional Development Fund grant, Aisha Sultan attended a Society for Features Journalism conference tha...
04/03/2019
South Asian Journalists Association (SAJA)

Using a SAJA Professional Development Fund grant, Aisha Sultan attended a Society for Features Journalism conference that she says was "tremendously helpful to me as a writer."

"I was able to bring back several tips and strategies to share with my newsroom," she says.

DEADLINE to apply for the grant this year is April 5, in TWO DAYS! Up to $500 available for 10 journalists.

Details here: http://saja.org/page-1752858

Is there a conference you want to attend? Is there a course that you want to take, online or in-person, that could help you improve your journalism skills? SAJA is invested in your success (literally)!

We are now accepting applications for our 2019 Professional Development Fund: Up to $500 awards for 10 journalists.

DEADLINE APRIL 5! See link for details.

DEADLINE EXTENDED: We're taking a few more applications through April 6. Don't miss out on this opportunity in New York,...
04/01/2019
South Asian Journalists Association (SAJA)

DEADLINE EXTENDED: We're taking a few more applications through April 6. Don't miss out on this opportunity in New York, particularly if you have a few years of experience! The meeting is scheduled for the morning of April 8.

Do you want to meet editors at The New York Times? Here's your opportunity! The South Asian Journalists Association (SAJA) is collaborating with The Times to help their editors connect directly with our members.

The meeting is scheduled for April 8 at 10:30 a.m. Those with at least 3-5 years of experience are encouraged to apply.

DEADLINE TO APPLY: April 6, 2019, 11:59 p.m.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScoy9oqSNVJc3yjoO466oKlHeT2e0oPYbnLoCEzpNSNuIrZeg/viewform?usp=sf_link

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