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November 13, 1998

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Columbia professor honored as campus adviser

By a Staff Writer

Sreenath Sreenivasan, an associate professor of journalism at Columbia University, has been awarded the 1998 David Eshelman Prize as "outstanding campus adviser of the year" by the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ).

The presentation was made on Oct. 23 at the SPJ convention at the Universal Sheraton in Universal City, Southern California.

The award is given annually to a faculty adviser from the SPJ's more than 200 campus chapters.

"To be recognized by your peers is special and unusual," Sreenivasan said.

"This will inspire me to do even more for my students."

Under his guidance and enthusiasm, the Columbia chapter has become the largest and most active in the organization.

It has greatly expanded students' professional development, networking, job sources and community service.

The SPJ is possibly the world's largest journalism organization, with 14,000 members. It is based in Greencastle, Indiana.

Sreenivasan is best known to South Asian and other journalists in the United States for the South Asian Journalists Association (SAJA) he co-founded a few years ago. He has been teaching at Columbia since 1993.

The SAJA was started as a way for South Asian journalists to network and advance in a field relatively new to most of them. Today it enjoys a 500-strong membership.

Chapters have been established in several cities, including San Francisco and Los Angeles.