Wednesday, December 17, 2008

SAJA: Fourth Annual Reporting Fellowships

South Asian Journalists Association (SAJA) has extended date for its fellowships. The fellowships are open to proposals on any in-depth topics covering South Asia or the South Asian Diaspora - upto $20,000 available to support quality reporting. You DON'T have to be South Asian to participate.

SAJA Reporting Fellowships deadline is now Jan. 10, 2009
[ SAJA | FOURTH ANNUAL REPORTING FELLOWSHIPS]

The SAJA Reporting Fellowships program is aimed at promoting a rare element in 24/7-news-cycle journalism -- in-depth and follow-up reporting on major events relating to South Asia or South Asians, long after the breaking-news crews have moved on.

Questions to Laura Griffin, SAJA Administrative Director: sajamember@gmail.com

As part of their mission to encourage in-depth coverage of South Asia and the South Asian Diaspora, SAJA & SAJA Group Inc. are pleased to announce a call for submissions for its fourth Annual SAJA Reporting Fellowships (SRF). Open to freelancers and staff journalists in any medium, the fellowships are meant to encourage in-depth reporting projects by providing grants to cover a portion of reporting expenses.

A total of up to $20,000 may be given out annually, divided among projects or a single project at SAJA's discretion. Each fellowship award is typically between $3,000-$7,000.

These Fellowships, launched in 2005 to ensure follow-up reportage about the 2004 tsunami and its victims, were initially funded by SAJA members, corporate donors and friends of SAJA. For the last three years, SRF received a major financial boost thanks to the support of the Mahadeva Family Foundation, which will make an annual contribution of $20,000.

"The support of Kumar Mahadeva and Simi Ahuja, who have been part of the SAJA community for more than a decade, is critical to SAJA's core mission of improving the coverage of South Asia through the SAJA Reporting Fellowships and similar programs," said Sandeep Junnarkar, the group's president and a professor at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism. "This is going to have a major impact on the kind of stories that the Fellows do and how Americans learn about what's going on in South Asia today."

In 2009, the fellowship is open to proposals on any in-depth topics covering South Asia or the South Asian Diaspora.

For requirements of the fellowship click here

QUESTIONS/FEEDBACK/SUGGESTIONS: saja@columbia.edu

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