South Asian Journalists Association (SAJA)

South Asian Journalists Association (SAJA) SAJA is a networking and resource organization for journalists and others interested in South Asia. 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.

SAJA MEMBERS: join us remotely on 12/16 at 6:30 p.m. ET for our annual members meeting to hear about what we did in 2021...
12/14/2021
SAJA Annual Members Meeting

SAJA MEMBERS: join us remotely on 12/16 at 6:30 p.m. ET for our annual members meeting to hear about what we did in 2021, who's being elected to our new board for 2022, and anything else on your mind!
Register for log-in details here:

Join us for our annual members meeting and holiday party in Manhattan.

Tomorrow is our interview with the new CEO and president of The Associated Press, Daisy Veerasingham. Don't forget to re...
11/16/2021
Interview with Daisy Veerasingham of The Associated Press

Tomorrow is our interview with the new CEO and president of The Associated Press, Daisy Veerasingham. Don't forget to register for this event!

An interview with Daisy Veerasingham, who has been named as the new president and CEO of The Associated Press.

Don't forget to register for our event on Wednesday with the new president and CEO of The Associated Press, Daisy Veeras...
11/15/2021
Interview with Daisy Veerasingham of The Associated Press

Don't forget to register for our event on Wednesday with the new president and CEO of The Associated Press, Daisy Veerasingham. Click here for more information:

An interview with Daisy Veerasingham, who has been named as the new president and CEO of The Associated Press.

Join us next Wednesday, Nov. 17 at 6 p.m. for an interview with Daisy Veerasingham, who has been named the new president...
11/11/2021
Interview with Daisy Veerasingham of The Associated Press

Join us next Wednesday, Nov. 17 at 6 p.m. for an interview with Daisy Veerasingham, who has been named the new president and CEO of The Associated Press.

She will be interviewed by SAJA board member, Karen Mahabir. To register for this event, please use this link:

An interview with Daisy Veerasingham, who has been named as the new president and CEO of The Associated Press.

10/20/2021
SAJA Annual Awards Ceremony and Panel Discussion

The South Asian Journalists Association is holding a special virtual event on Wednesday evening to celebrate this year's award winners. First, Sarah Khan, editor-in-chief of Condé Nast Traveller Middle East, will moderate a discussion on the positive takeaways from the past year-and-a-half of adversity, featuring Versha Sharma, the editor-in-chief of Teen Vogue, Swati Sharma, editor-in-chief of Vox, and Geeta Anand, the Dean of the UC Berkeley School of Journalism. We'll then announce the winners of this year's award, where we're recognizing great student journalism; reporting on business, arts and culture, health, and general subjects; essays and opinion; and the Daniel Pearl award. Finally, we'll gather for a special virtual hang out, where we can network and catch up with old friends.

Please register in advance to access the virtual hang out: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/saja-awards-2021-hope-and-resilience-tickets-190688142367

We are doing something new this year! A virtual hangout, starting at 7 pm ET, where you can walk around a digital room a...
10/19/2021
SAJA Awards 2021: Hope and Resilience

We are doing something new this year!

A virtual hangout, starting at 7 pm ET, where you can walk around a digital room and join and leave conversations -- and capture some of the networking and social camaraderie we've missed!

Register now:

Join SAJA for a panel discussion about hope and resilience, the 2021 SAJA Awards, and a digital happy hour.

ONE MORE DAY: Wednesday, Oct 20, 6pm ETTune in here on or Twitter account or at  https://saja.org/SAJA2021 to:* Watch an...
10/19/2021
SAJA | South Asian Journalists Association - SAJA2021

ONE MORE DAY: Wednesday, Oct 20, 6pm ET

Tune in here on or Twitter account or at https://saja.org/SAJA2021 to:

* Watch an incredible panel, featuring some of the top leaders in journalism, Versha Sharma; Swati Gauri, Sarah Khan and Geeta Anand.

* Learn the winners of the SAJA awards

The panel: We've heard a lot about the challenges people faced over the past year. But in this discussion, we'll look for the silver lining: What have we learned? What are the ways we have changed as journalists? And people? 

10/12/2021

Reminder: Members please submit VIA DM all your clips, podcast eps, vids, tv hits, job changes, awards, pitch calls, etc by *10 am ET Weds* for the newsletter!


• There is plenty of space
• Does NOT need to be about South Asia/ns
• It has to be from a North American outlet.
1:43 PM · Oct 12, 2021·Twitter for Android

We're delighted to see Neha Thirani Bagri's journalism featured on the homepage for TIME today, which was made possible ...
09/07/2021
India's Anti-Immigrant Crackdown Has Torn Apart Families and Locked Up Hundreds

We're delighted to see Neha Thirani Bagri's journalism featured on the homepage for TIME today, which was made possible by a SAJA reporting fellowship. Our goal with these fellowships is to give journalists the funding they need to report and write fascinating and thought-provoking stories.

Some 1.9 million people left off Assam's National Registry of Citizens fear they could be next

Attention SAJA members, in collaboration with the Asian American Journalists Association, National Association of Black ...
09/02/2021

Attention SAJA members, in collaboration with the Asian American Journalists Association, National Association of Black Journalists, Arab and Middle Eastern Journalists Association are issuing guidance to help journalists and newsrooms more accurately and critically cover the commemoration, impacted communities, and policies that resulted from 9/11. Find the full guidance here: https://www.ameja.org/news-1

Attention SAJA members, in collaboration with the Asian American Journalists Association, National Association of Black Journalists, Arab and Middle Eastern Journalists Association are issuing guidance to help journalists and newsrooms more accurately and critically cover the commemoration, impacted communities, and policies that resulted from 9/11. Find the full guidance here: https://www.ameja.org/news-1

SAJA statement on Afghanistan
08/17/2021

SAJA statement on Afghanistan

SAJA statement on Afghanistan

08/16/2021

SAJA would like to express its deep gratitude and support for the tireless and brave journalists of Afghanistan. Reporters Without Borders said: “At least 100 journalists, including 15 international journalists, have been killed in connection with their work in the past 20 years, while more than 60 media outlets have been destroyed or attacked and hundreds of threats have been made against journalists and media.” While foreign correspondents have largely had the ability to evacuate the turmoil, many local media professionals have not and remain in danger — particularly female journalists. Yet, they have continued to bring us harrowing and important video and narrative reporting. There is a chance our members can help if you have worked in Afghanistan and hired a national to work with you. The U.S. State Department announced a specific Refugee Admissions Program. The Afghan journalists cannot apply on their own and need a senior U.S. employee of your news outlet as a referral. If you are looking to support specific news organizations in the country, here are a few: Rukhshana Media (which has been working with The Guardian), Sahar Speaks, TOLO News. In our effort to aid our Afghan colleagues, please stay tuned to our social media channels and newsletter, where we will keep sharing information and ways we can help from abroad.
Media contact:
[email protected]

TONIGHT: At 6:30 PM EDT, Lakshmi Gandhi will talk to author Anjali Enjeti about her Anjali's books: fiction novel "The P...
08/11/2021
Book talk with Anjali Enjeti, author of Southbound and The Parted Earth

TONIGHT:
At 6:30 PM EDT, Lakshmi Gandhi will talk to author Anjali Enjeti about her Anjali's books: fiction novel "The Parted Earth" and her nonfiction book "Southbound: Essays on identity, inheritance, and social change"

More information here:

Join us for a wonderful evening chatting about Anjali Enjeti's two new books: The Parted Earth and Southbound

Join us tomorrow at 6:30 PM EST when member Lakshmi Gandhi will talk to author Anjali Enjeti about her two books: fictio...
08/10/2021

Join us tomorrow at 6:30 PM EST when member Lakshmi Gandhi will talk to author Anjali Enjeti about her two books: fiction novel The Parted Earth (Hub City Press, 2021) *and* her nonfiction book Southbound: Essays on identity, inheritance, and social change (University of Georgia Press, 2021). Anjali and Lakshmi will discuss the publishing process, how she switches between fiction and nonfiction, and what it all means as a South Asian female writer. Join us for the Q+A at the end!

Visit here for more information: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/book-talk-with-anjali-enjeti-author-of-southbound-and-the-parted-earth-tickets-165823627935?aff=ebdsoporgprofile

Join us tomorrow at 6:30 PM EST when member Lakshmi Gandhi will talk to author Anjali Enjeti about her two books: fiction novel The Parted Earth (Hub City Press, 2021) *and* her nonfiction book Southbound: Essays on identity, inheritance, and social change (University of Georgia Press, 2021). Anjali and Lakshmi will discuss the publishing process, how she switches between fiction and nonfiction, and what it all means as a South Asian female writer. Join us for the Q+A at the end!

Visit here for more information: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/book-talk-with-anjali-enjeti-author-of-southbound-and-the-parted-earth-tickets-165823627935?aff=ebdsoporgprofile

Please join us on WEDNESDAY AUGUST 11 at 6:30 PM EST when member Lakshmi Gandhi will talk to author Anjali Enjeti about ...
08/05/2021

Please join us on WEDNESDAY AUGUST 11 at 6:30 PM EST when member Lakshmi Gandhi will talk to author Anjali Enjeti about her two books: fiction novel The Parted Earth (Hub City Press, 2021) *and* her nonfiction book Southbound: Essays on identity, inheritance, and social change (University of Georgia Press, 2021). Anjali and Lakshmi will discuss the publishing process, how she switches between fiction and nonfiction, and what it all means as a South Asian female writer. Join us for the Q+A at the end!

Anjali Enjeti is a former attorney, organizer, and award-winning journalist based near Atlanta. Her writing about politics, social justice, and books has appeared in Harper's BAZAAR, ZORA, Courier Newsroom, Mic, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Washington Post, Al Jazeera, The Nation, and elsewhere. Her work has received awards from the South Asian Journalists Association and the American Society of Journalists and Authors. A graduate of Duke University, Washington University School of Law, and the MFA program at Queens University in Charlotte, she teaches creative writing in the MFA program at Reinhardt University.

Lakshmi Gandhi is a freelance journalist, social media manager, and co-runs The Lakshmi and Asha Show newsletter with colleague Asha Sundararaman. A longtime SAJA member, her work has been published in a variety of outlets including NBC News, Tricycle: The Buddhist Review, Women's Media Center, and Metro New York. She has extensive experience writing YA book reviews and often reports on Asian American culture, gender identity, and film.

Please join us on WEDNESDAY AUGUST 11 at 6:30 PM EST when member Lakshmi Gandhi will talk to author Anjali Enjeti about her two books: fiction novel The Parted Earth (Hub City Press, 2021) *and* her nonfiction book Southbound: Essays on identity, inheritance, and social change (University of Georgia Press, 2021). Anjali and Lakshmi will discuss the publishing process, how she switches between fiction and nonfiction, and what it all means as a South Asian female writer. Join us for the Q+A at the end!

Anjali Enjeti is a former attorney, organizer, and award-winning journalist based near Atlanta. Her writing about politics, social justice, and books has appeared in Harper's BAZAAR, ZORA, Courier Newsroom, Mic, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Washington Post, Al Jazeera, The Nation, and elsewhere. Her work has received awards from the South Asian Journalists Association and the American Society of Journalists and Authors. A graduate of Duke University, Washington University School of Law, and the MFA program at Queens University in Charlotte, she teaches creative writing in the MFA program at Reinhardt University.

Lakshmi Gandhi is a freelance journalist, social media manager, and co-runs The Lakshmi and Asha Show newsletter with colleague Asha Sundararaman. A longtime SAJA member, her work has been published in a variety of outlets including NBC News, Tricycle: The Buddhist Review, Women's Media Center, and Metro New York. She has extensive experience writing YA book reviews and often reports on Asian American culture, gender identity, and film.

The SAJA awards deadline is Aug. 15. We're excited to recognize great journalism in a number of categories, including bu...
08/05/2021

The SAJA awards deadline is Aug. 15.

We're excited to recognize great journalism in a number of categories, including business, arts and health reporting. Learn more here: https://saja.org/2021-SAJA-Awards

The SAJA awards deadline is Aug. 15.

We're excited to recognize great journalism in a number of categories, including business, arts and health reporting. Learn more here: https://saja.org/2021-SAJA-Awards

We have another amazing book talk coming next week as well! Member and freelance journalist Lakshmi Gandhi will speak wi...
08/03/2021

We have another amazing book talk coming next week as well! Member and freelance journalist Lakshmi Gandhi will speak with award-winning writer and author Anjali Enjeti about Anjali's TWO books out this year: her fiction debut The Parted Earth and Southbound: Essays on identity, inheritance, and social change.

Come on WEDNESDAY AUGUST 11 at 6:30PM EST hear them discuss the publishing process, switching between nonfiction and fiction writing, and what it all means as a South Asian writer.

RSVP here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/165823627935

We have another amazing book talk coming next week as well! Member and freelance journalist Lakshmi Gandhi will speak with award-winning writer and author Anjali Enjeti about Anjali's TWO books out this year: her fiction debut The Parted Earth and Southbound: Essays on identity, inheritance, and social change.

Come on WEDNESDAY AUGUST 11 at 6:30PM EST hear them discuss the publishing process, switching between nonfiction and fiction writing, and what it all means as a South Asian writer.

RSVP here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/165823627935

Come join us tomorrow evening WEDNESDAY AUGUST 4 at 6:30pm EST for another event in our book talk series! Board member a...
08/03/2021

Come join us tomorrow evening WEDNESDAY AUGUST 4 at 6:30pm EST for another event in our book talk series! Board member and freelance journalist Jennifer Chowdhury will discuss The Polis Project Executive Director Suchitra Vijayan's new book Midnight's Borders: A people's history of modern India with a Q+A to follow.

The book details Suchitra's seven year, 9,000-mile journey along India's shared border from Pakistan to Bangladesh covering everything from militarization, statelessness, citizenship, and conversations over chai with fascinating people.

RSVP HERE: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/165343287223

Come join us tomorrow evening WEDNESDAY AUGUST 4 at 6:30pm EST for another event in our book talk series! Board member and freelance journalist Jennifer Chowdhury will discuss The Polis Project Executive Director Suchitra Vijayan's new book Midnight's Borders: A people's history of modern India with a Q+A to follow.

The book details Suchitra's seven year, 9,000-mile journey along India's shared border from Pakistan to Bangladesh covering everything from militarization, statelessness, citizenship, and conversations over chai with fascinating people.

RSVP HERE: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/165343287223

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MODI's undeclared Emergency vs INDRA's declared EMERGENCY Journalist Nikhil Wagle wrote when Disha Ravi was jailed: "Indira Gandhi arrested opposition leaders in her emergency. Modi won't arrest them as he knows most of them have little credibility or influence. He arrests genuine, young activists who fight to protect democracy. This is Modi's emergency with a difference!" Unlike MPs and MLAs of other parties, these young activists cannot be made to join the BJP through bribery or coercion. Nor are they burdened by charges of corruption, nepotism, or dynastic entitlement. Nikhil Wagle is absolutely right - at a psychological and ideological level, the Sangh Parivar fears the likes of Umar Khalid and Natasha Narwal far more than they fear Rahul Gandhi or Mamata Banerjee. Historian Ramchandra Guha on Disha Ravi Jailed by Modi govt. : No state governed by the rule of law would act in this manner. But the Modi-Shah regime has contempt for democratic procedure. This is a government with no humanity, no civility, no decency, no transparency. It is committed only to the pursuit of total power. It seeks absolute political, ideological, and personal supremacy. The noble sentiments expressed in the Preamble to the Indian Constitution are being violated everyday by those who took their oaths of office on that document. That is why, when challenged by young minds to honour and uphold those Constitutional values, the response of the state is to put these young minds in jail. Based on what we know of the Modi-Shah regime, of how it functioned in Gujarat between 2001 and 2014, and how it has functioned at the Centre thereafter, I'd like to outline six possible reasons why this young, idealistic, female resident of Bengaluru was picked up without notice by the police from the house where she lived with her mother, put on a plane, and taken away for five days of intense interrogation in Delhi. The first reason is that the Modi-Shah regime fears independent thinking in general. Indians must be obedient, conformist, loyal to the state and the ruling regime, and worshipful towards the Great and Visionary Leader. Ideally, the Indian state would like no critical, objective, detailed, scrutiny of its policies and actions to be permitted at all. However, while democratic freedoms have been greatly attenuated since May 2014, they have not been fully extinguished. There still exists (bare) elements of a free press, some (rapidly shrinking spaces) in civil society, and a few major states which are not ruled by the BJP. The second reason that Disha Ravi was arrested is that while the Modi-Shah regime fears independent thinking in general, they particularly fear it when expressed by young people. Indians in their 20s and 30s, who are animated by ideals of religious pluralism, caste and gender justice, democratic transparency, and environmental sustainability - that is, by ideals different from and often opposed to those of the Sangh Parivar - have more energy and more time on this earth to fulfil their own hopes for our land. Therefore, they must be sent off to prison, through the abuse of state power and of the legal process if necessary. The arrest of Disha Ravi is in keeping with the arrest of an ever-growing list of young, idealistic, selfless young Indians seeking a better future for our country. The third reason the Modi-Shah regime has arrested Disha Ravi is their compelling desire to manage the headlines. The bad press generated by the government's handling of the farmers' protests, and by their maniacal over-reaction to a few tweets by foreign celebrities, is now sought to be diverted through jingoistic over-drive, by claiming that there was a deeper international conspiracy being forged by a trinity of malign actors - these being some out-of-work Khalistanis in Canada, a teenager in Sweden, and a girl barely out of her teens in Bengaluru. The Delhi Police will now selectively leak some alternative facts, the 'Godi Media' and the BJP IT Cell will go to town with them, and the saga of the suffering farmers on the borders of our capital will - so the government hopes - go unnoticed (at least for a while). https://www.ndtv.com/opinion/why-modi-and-shah-fear-young-activists-by-ramachandra-guha-2371727?fbclid=IwAR3wj5IxtT2vzwz4XyRHpw39KZTFraFiS-PDxc4ZBDemuJ_SX3nxw4yEgRc
Journalists are regular targets of online attacks but Women journalists face a double-burden: being attacked as journalists and as women. We need your support to keep them safe. Have your say in the UNESCO-ICFJ global survey (closes on 9 Nov): https://on.unesco.org/362tgzJ #JournalistsToo
George Bush Jr. coined the term Terrorist to label “Muslim” Extremists. We have religious terrorists of all and no faiths. Please stop singling out an entire religion. This is harmful and deadly to the rest of us that ARE peaceful, law-abiding citizens.
My fast-paced international crime thriller “The Chinese Virus Alpha” is available on Amazon.com and Amazon.in. KDP Price: Indian edition #Rs 210. US Edition# $5.99.Please solicit and share it with other groups. The story moves around the reckless ambitions of the President of China Mr. Liang Xiang who wants to make China the world’s number one economic and military superpower. To achieve this he had to ruin the world’s leading economies and to defeat incumbent THE USA president Mr. Daniel Thomp, who is seeing re-election He orders a group of Chinese scientists to make an artificial virus that attacks American and Europeans more severely than the underdeveloped countries.
Watch this video closely some people abducting @Matiullahjan919 they are in uniform some are in civil dress journalist threw his phone inside the school building possibly to his wife who is a teacher there I have no doubt he is with the state agencies but Govt is silent
***Seeking international collaborators!*** Academy Award-winning documentarians Orlando von Einsiedel (VIRUNGA) and Dan Cogan (ICARUS) are building a team of international storytellers to collaborate on a new, multi-filmmaker telling of the COVID-19 outbreak. We are looking for filmmakers and videographers who have been recording the unfolding stories of their own lives, the lives of people in their community, or of the heroes around them fighting to keep us all safe. Specifically, we are really looking for filmmakers who are filming in India. Please join our collective of international storytellers and help tell the story of this global challenge to humanity. Please contact me to discuss a story you have on here, or on [email protected]
“The value of our voices in media has nothing to do with fairness or the abstract concept of "diversity." It is about the survival and the legitimacy of the national media landscape. When our voices are excluded from America's narrative, it means, by definition, the world only knows one side of every story. This is about more than equity. It is about accuracy." [email protected]rriot The Racial Equity in Journalism Fund at @BorealisPhil has awarded $2.3 million to news outlets led by and serving communities of color. Learn more: bit.ly/REJgrantannouncement
Why is SAJA not a platform for discussing the assault on free speech by this disgusting fascist Modi regime?
Coronavirus and Economic Imperialism of China Venue: Murrow Room, 13th floor, 529, 14th Street, NW, Washington DC Time: 10am - 11am ET on Monday - March 9 Is the Belt and Road Initiative of China making it harder to contain COVID-19? A panel of experts will examine the relationship between China's model of international development and economic statecraft with the ongoing coronavirus outbreak which has spread to at least 75 countries and infected more than 95,000 people worldwide in just a few months. Jennifer Huang Bouey, MD, PhD ,Senior Policy Researcher; Tang Chair in China Policy Studies RAND Corporation Daniel Kliman, Senior Fellow and Director, Asia-Pacific Security Program Center for a New American Security (CNAS) Paris Huang, White House Correspondent VOA China Contact: Nico Pandi: [email protected] On the NPC website:
Coronavirus and Economic Imperialism of China Venue: Murrow Room, 13th floor, 529, 14th Street, NW, Washington DC Time: 10am - 11am ET on Monday - March 9 Is the Belt and Road Initiative of China making it harder to contain COVID-19? A panel of experts will examine the relationship between China's model of international development and economic statecraft with the ongoing coronavirus outbreak which has spread to at least 75 countries and infected more than 95,000 people worldwide in just a few months. Jennifer Huang Bouey, MD, PhD ,Senior Policy Researcher; Tang Chair in China Policy Studies RAND Corporation Daniel Kliman, Senior Fellow and Director, Asia-Pacific Security Program Center for a New American Security (CNAS) Paris Huang, White House Correspondent VOA China Contact: Nico Pandi: [email protected] On the NPC website: