Among the hundreds who gathered at the SAJA@15 Convention & Career Expo opening reception at Bloomberg HQ were three foreign correspondents: Amol Sharma, who's heading to the New Delhi bureau of the Wall Street Journal; K.P. Nayar, who is the US bureau chief of the Kolkata Telegraph; and Steve Herman, South Asia bureau chief for VOA. The evening speaker was Laurie Hays, a Bloomberg executive editor (below).
A top editor of one of the world’s dominant media companies shared
some hopeful words with attendees of a reception kicking off SAJA’s 15th
anniversary convention Friday.
“Everybody worries about the future of journalism. I don’t - as much,” Laurie
Hays, executive editor for company news at Bloomberg News told journalists at
the event. “Becoming a great journalist is incumbent upon you and your drive to
tell the truth before anybody else does.”
Her audience was a mix of veteran journalists and those just
entering the field even as an economy deeply in recession further batters the
"We want this to give people the opportunity to network – it’s a tough
industry,” said SAJA board member Aparita Bhandari said. “It’s not just the
economy that’s in flux, but the industry too.”
-- By Sindhu Sundar, graduate student at New York University.
The luminous Tannishtha Chatterjee talks about her role in "Brick Lane," the film adaptation of Monica Ali's novel about a Bangladeshi family in Britain. Chatterjee spoke after a special screening of the film one day before its US release.
Manu Narayan (center), who co-stars with Mike Meyers in "The Love Guru," shares a meal with Diana Rohini LaVigne, Sree Sreenivasan, and Sugi Ganeshananthan.
Nikhil Deogun, international editor of the Wall Street Journal, speaks at the opening plenary session.
Amitava Kumar leads his popular seminar on long-form narrative writing.
Photographers Dipti Vaidya of The Tennessean and Adam Huggins of The New York Times, with Annalisa Merelli, at the reception at the new New York Times building.
Tannishtha Chatterjee and Sarah Gavron are interviewed by SAJA's Aseem Chhabra after the screening.
Monica Ali's novel, "Brick Lane," the story of a Bangladeshi family in London's East End, has been made into a movie and it exposes audiences to an immigrant community rarely seen on screen.
The new experience isn't limited to the audience, though - neither director Sarah Gavron or lead actress Tannishtha Chatterjee are Bangladeshi. So it was a learning curve for them, too, they told the audience at a screening for the South Asian Journalists Association convention.
The screening on Thursday night at Columbia University marked the beginning of
the 2008 SAJA Convention. The screening, courtesy of Sony Picture
Classics, played to a nearly full house, and featured a special Q&A
session hosted by Aseem Chhabra with Gavron and Chatterjee.
The movie is adapted from a book of the same name by Monica Ali. It weaves through the life of Nazneen, as she grows up, marries at 17, moves to London and raises a family.
This is British director Gavron’s first feature-length film, and she said she picked Brick Lane because of its wide appeal across cultures.
With a name like Preston Merchant, and with the sort of work he does, documenting the farflung Indian diaspora,
you’d have expected him to be a good Parsi boy. No, he says, he isn’t.
(He’s good, but he isn’t Parsi.) In which case, his interest and
diligence is all the more remarkable. <snip> What is it that unites
these photographs? For the most part, you’d think it is the color of
the skin of the folks portrayed in them. But that’s not all. It is more
the colors that Preston finds to put into his frames that tell a unique
story of the movement of peoples.
Manish Vij of ultrabrown was a speaker at the bloggers panel at the SAJA Convention this year. He took some fun photos of some of the bloggers and others (including Arun Venugopal, this blog's editor, seen on the left here) at the convention. Take a look here. And see Preston Merchant's 200+ photos here.
THREE SAJAers IN TV LAND: (July 14 at the 2007 SAJA Convention) From left, Fred de Sam Lazaro, correspondent, PBS Lehrer NewsHour; Aditi Roy, anchor/reporter, WCAU, Philadelphia's NBC station; Hari Sreenivasan, correspondent, CBS News Dallas bureau. Three journalists continuing to make their mark in different parts of the American TV news business. Twenty-five years ago, there were no South Asians in equivalent positions. Nowadays, these three just happen to be among some of the more successful desi journalists in front of - and behind - the camera. The last time these three happened to be together was also a moment captured by a camera (except back then it was on film), in Seattle in July 8, 1999. To see how they have changed in these eight years, see below.
Yes, TV anchors do, on occasion, get off the air. Here Kevin Negandhi, the first South Asian anchor on ESPN, stops by the SAJA opening reception CUNY. See his answers to Five Questions for Kevin Negandhi (photo by Preston Merchant).