I am Sarita Santoshini, an independent journalist based in India, seeking out urgent stories in under-reported regions. I report on human rights, development, and gender issues for publications like Al Jazeera English, Foreign Policy, The Atlantic’s CityLab, IRIN, News Deeply, IndiaSpend, The Wire, The Caravan, and TakePart, among others. My clips include in-depth stories on women being pushed to drug abuse due to their dire circumstances, illegal taxation by militant groups, ‘gun widows’, a village that relocated to save elephants, and the city where everyone goes into engineering.
In 2018, my piece “In Northeast India Women Run the Streets“, for Bright, was a finalist of the 2018 South Asia Journalists’ Association (SAJA) awards in the category of outstanding piece of non-fiction writing about South Asia.
I received the UNFPA’s Laadli Media Awards for gender sensitivity for my long-form print feature on the trafficked children of Silchar’s red-light area and how authorities failed them, published in The Caravan magazine. The piece was reported over a period of eight months. I also won the 2nd prize in the best article category of Press Institute of India and International Committee of the Red Cross’ annual awards on humanitarian reporting. The theme for the 2018 edition of the awards was “changing people’s lives through innovation in health and sanitation” for which my piece on an effort to reduce maternal deaths in Assam, published in IndiaSpend, was recognised.
In 2017, I received an individual International Reporting Project (IRP) Fellowship to report on gender rights in northern Uganda and spent the month of October working on my reporting project there. I wrote about the South Sudanese refugee girls for whom education is everything and the women who are moving past insurgency by baking cakes, among other stories.
I was also the 2016 Bitch Media Writing Fellow in Reproductive Rights & Justice, and have written about men’s crucial role in the fight for reproductive health, the need for inclusive sex education in India, and young girls’ access to reproductive healthcare, among other issues, as part of the same.
Prior to (and also along with) my reporting stint, I’ve written travel pieces for National Geographic Traveller India, Roads & Kingdoms, and Mint Lounge, and worked briefly as the Content Editor for the travel startup, SaffronStays. While travel has always been fun and a great learning experience, I’ve now switched to reporting full time, and it’s turned out to be the most challenging yet satisfying decision that I’ve taken yet.
I graduated from St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai, with a Bachelors in mass media in 2013.
To commission a story, share ideas and feedback or just say hello, you can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org.