October 21, 2021

Team "Squid Pro Quo," made up of members of the Daily Bruin dressed to the theme of Netflix's "Squid Game," took home the Spirit Award at AAJA-LA's annual Trivia Bowl, hosted virtually on October 15. Photo from AAJA-LA.

  • Updates: Introducing AAJA Defined, welcome Daniella Ignacio!
  • Upcoming Events & Resources: Become a travel writer with Red Ventures
  • #AAJAKudos & Member Bylines: Highlights from Filipino American History Month
  • Opportunities


Statement: AAJA Condemns Racist Comments About KPIX Reporter Betty Yu And Asian Americans
The Asian American Journalists Association, AAJA-San Francisco Bay Area Chapter, MediaWatch Committee and the Broadcast Advisory Council condemn racist comments made by a YouTube host, who used stereotypes to criticize the looks of AAJA member Betty Yu of KPIX-TV and to demean the Asian American community. Read AAJA's full statement here and AAJA-SF's statement here.

AAJA is excited to be launching AAJA Defined, a platform dedicated to uplifting the stories of our #AAJAFamily and empowering them to continuously define and redefine themselves on their own terms. Through monthly pieces, Defined will be a space beyond our newsletter to highlight our membership. Keep an eye out for our first piece dropping next Thursday!

Trivia Bowl Highlights: AAJA-LA
AAJA-LA hosted its 2021 virtual Trivia Bowl last Friday, October 15! Check out all the fun on Twitter, captured by Gwendolyn Wu, Ted Nguyen, Shanna Mendiola and more. Congratulations to the winners:

  • Trivia Team X from the LA Times (its Black Caucus and Latino Caucus)
  • College Division: Team One Beach (Cal State Long Beach, AAJA and SPJ student chapters)
  • Spirit Award: Team Squid Pro Quo (The Daily Bruin) 

AAJA Young Professionals Network Launches Website
Yung AAJA's website is live! Created by the incredible Beena Raghavendran, director of Yung AAJA, the site is a resource for Yung AAJA members both prospective and current, as well as for any member of the #AAJAFamily who wants to see what Yung is up to.

Welcome Daniella Ignacio, Programs and Communications Coordinator
After her time as communications and engagement intern with AAJA this past summer and fall, we’re thrilled that Daniella is joining AAJA’s team as the new Programs and Communications Coordinator.

Daniella is a recent graduate of American University, where she studied journalism and musical theatre and was the Online Managing Editor for The Eagle. She interned with the National Press Foundation and has bylines in D.C. Theatre Scene and American Theatre Magazine. Daniella is interested in covering artists of color and fellow AAPI artists. Daniella has developed a passion for social media and multimedia, and cultivating communities through storytelling. She is excited to engage on both the comms and programs sides of things at AAJA!


🗓 Upcoming Events

October 22 | AAJA-DC
AAJA-DC Chapter Gathering AAJA-DC chapter’s next meetup will be at the Hi-Lawn rooftop in Union Market at 6 p.m. Come for food and drinks covered by AAJA-DC! Find more details + RSVP via the AAJA-DC Slack channel.

October 23 | AAJA-Atlanta
2021 Student and Early Career Workshop All students and early career journalists are invited to AAJA-Atlanta’s 2021 Student and Early Career Journalism Workshop on October 23rd at Georgia Tech! Let top talent from CNN, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Fox 5 Atlanta and beyond help you chart your career. Register here.

October 25 | AAJA HQ
Red Ventures Networking Session Less than a week left to register for our networking session with The Points Guy and other Red Ventures media brands. Learn about opportunities in content writing, social media editing and more with one of the world’s leading influencers in travel! Register here.

October 27 | Yung AAJA
A TikTok Toolbox for Journalists Join Yung AAJA in chatting all things TikTok with three producers at USA Today. They'll go under the hood on topics like audience growth on the platform, scale, the basics of building a rich video and more. Register here.

October 28 | Featuring AAJA Director of Programs and Partnership
AARP’s Reflections on 9/11: South Asian Resilience Over the Past 20 Years (ft. Waliya Lari, AAJA's Director of Programs and Partnerships and #AAJA21 speaker Maulik Pancholy) This event features activists and community leaders, as AARP reflects on the twenty years since 9/11 and shares lessons and hope for the future. Register here.

November 4 | AAJA
The Space: Burnout Session Though journalists are highly suspect to suffering from burnout, learning how to prevent it is critical to take care of one's body, creativity and mental wellness. Learn self-care and coping strategies with Dr. Clara Young, who holds a M.A. and a Ph.D. in clinical psychology and has over 20 years of experience in the mental health field. Register here.

November 6 | AAJA-Hawai'i
How to Manage Stress and Burnout in Journalism: This virtual event will be comprised of two parts: an informal discussion among attendees about the challenges they're facing and how they're coping, and a Q&A with Ann Cain, a therapist based in Chicago, on how journalists can cope with anxiety, stress and burnout. Register here.


📓 News About News
AKA, our resources section.

report WarnerMedia has released its 2020-2021 equity and inclusion report.

food for thought The Associated Press explores difficulties in measuring progress in newsroom diversity in "Efforts to track diversity in journalism are lagging" by David Bauder.

report The Columbia Journalism Review surveyed more than 300 local newsroom employees across the country for its report, "Life at Local Newspapers in a Turbulent Era," by Damian Radcliffe and Ryan Wallace.

project Ten newsrooms will begin deep-dive projects on preserving democracy under the Solutions Journalism Network's Advancing Democracy project. AAPI-focused publications include AZI Media, Self-Evident (produced by member James Boo) and The Yappie.

member interview Member S. Mitra Kalita and Sara Lomax-Reese discuss the origin story of URL Media and connecting during Poynter's Media Transformation Challenge Program.

history Gia Vang became the first Hmong-American news anchor in 2019. Chenue Her, who debuted this month as the first male Hmong-American anchor, cites her as one of his supporters and inspirations.

👏 #AAJAKudos to...
Celebrate your achievements with us—tag @aaja on Twitter or let us know on Slack.


The Higher Education Media Fellowship aims to increase the number of journalists equipped with the tools and networks they need to deliver comprehensive coverage on postsecondary education, particularly career and technical education (CTE). It includes a $10,000 award—$5,000 as a stipend and $5,000 towards a reporting project. Eligible applicants will be early- and mid-career journalists throughout the U.S. who may be education, business, investigative, or workforce beat reporters or have work experience that includes reporting on education and associated work force development, social, or public policy issues. The Fellowship is open to all media types. The application will close on December 10. To learn more visit the Citizens & Scholars website here.  

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On Our List 📺📸📰🎧
Follow us on Twitter @aaja for more works on our radar from the AAJA community.

🇵🇭 On our list, FAHM edition: 

  • “How the Philippines' colonial legacy weighs on Filipino American mental health” by Agnes Constante, Los Angeles Times — Check out Agnes’ new Substack for her Carter Center fellowship project on Filipino mental health!
  • “This site is an important piece of Filipino American history. Climate change is destroying it” by Rachel Ramirez, CNN
  • “Health disparities for Filipinxs in health care are disguised by data aggregation” by Carlos Irwin A. Oronce, STAT News
  • “Caretakers” by Geena Rocero, PBS
  • “Model, Writer, Director & Transgender Advocate Geena Rocero Signs With The Gotham Group” by Tom Tapp, Deadline

📰 More to read:

  • “Ida's forgotten victims: Nearly all storm's basement deaths were Asian residents, obscured by climate injustice” by Kimmy Yam and Sakshi Venkatraman, NBC News
  • “What's mobilizing AAPI voters like never before” by Rishika Dugyala, POLITICO
  • “A Woman of Color Cannot Save Your Newsroom” by S. Mitra Kalita, TIME
  • “The $9 billion cybersecurity firm Tanium is facing a huge exodus over uncertainty about its IPO plans and business model” by Rosalie Chan, Business Insider
  • “The art of sashiko continues to help residents 10 years after tsunami and earthquake” by Isabella Bloom, The World

AAJA Opportunities
Visit AAJA Careers or follow @AAJACareers on Twitter to stay up-to-date on our career, internship and other opportunities. Check in with your AAJA chapters for more opportunities.

  • Photo Submissions for AAJA's 40th Anniversary: To commemorate 40 years of AAJA, we're creating a book and microsite to celebrate our past accomplishments and to look toward the future. If you have some great photos from past AAJA events hiding in shoeboxes, in your attic or buried on your hard drive, we’d love to see them!

External Opportunities

  • The 10th Annual CAPE New Writers Fellowship is now open for submissions now until October 31st. This upcoming cycle will officially mark a decade of CAPE developing emerging Asian and Pacific Islander writers! Apply here.

Did you produce (or consume) some great journalism recently? Put your work on our radar, so we can feature you in the next member highlights.

Collectively, we can celebrate 40 years of impact and contribute towards 40 more years of AAJA's mission of supporting and uplifting AAPI journalists. Donate today.

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