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Join SAJA and SAPP in Chicago: South Asians in the Media

January 25, 2011

We are extremely proud to be co-sponsoring the following event in Chicago this Saturday, January 29th.  Hope to see you there!

The South Asian Journalists Association (SAJA) and Columbia College Chicago’s Journalism DepartmentCenter for Asian Arts and MediaCommunity Media Workshop, and South Asian Philanthropy Project


South Asians and the Media: A Town Hall for the Chicago Community

Saturday, January 29, 2011
3:00pm – 5:30pm
Columbia College’s Ferguson Auditorium
600 S. Michigan Ave., First Floor, Room 101

NO CHARGE – free and open to the public!

RSVP by filling in this form at or e-mail

Join several prominent journalists from the mainstream and ethnic media outlets for a discussion on how the media covers the South Asian community and how the coverage can be improved. Moderated by Sree Sreenivasan, SAJA co-founder and Columbia University Journalism professor, speakers include the following veteran journalists:

Chicago’s own:

  • Ravi Baichwal, anchor, ABC-7 Chicago
  • Rummana Hussain, Chicago Sun-Times
  • Ameet Sachdev, reporter, Chicago Tribune
  • Mary Anne Mohanraj, author, poet, activist

Visiting from New York City:

  • Aparisim “Bobby” Ghosh, World Editor, Time magazine
  • S. Mitra Kalita, senior housing writer, Wall Street Journal and author of “My Two Indias: A Journey to the Ends of Opportunity” and “Suburban Sahibs: Three Immigrants and Their Passage from India to America”

This event is intended for non-journalists and journalists alike.  All are welcome. Topics include:

  • Current state of ethnic and mainstream press
  • How South Asians in Chicago are covered today – locally and nationally
  • How South Asia is covered today – locally and nationally
  • What the community can do to help journalists tell better stories
  • How to get your news into the news
  • How the media can use information to mobilize communities
  • The media’s role in building knowledge and support for philanthropy/nonprofits

Event Schedule

  • 3:00 – 3:30 – Arrivals
  • 3:30 – 5:00 – Panel discussion and Q & A
  • 5:00 – 5:30 –  Networking Reception

Those unable to attend but who have questions they’d like asked at the event may email those questions to (subject line = Chicago town hall).

Parking: Three lots on NE, NW and SE corners of  Wabash and Harrison

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