October 7, 2021

Submitted by the AAJA Photojournalists Affinity Group. DREAMers and citizen children of undocumented parents gathered outside Speaker John Boehner’s office on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C. on in October 2013. Photo by Nick Oza, who passed away at the end of September. He was a two-time Pulitzer-winning photojournalist and staff photographer at The Arizona Republic. Find more of Nick's work at his Instagram or website.

  • Updates: Happy Filipino American History Month!
  • Upcoming Events & Resources: An upcoming networking session with Red Ventures 
  • #AAJAKudos & Member Bylines: Thoughts on Netflix's "Squid Game"
  • Opportunities


Member Feedback Survey
Our deadline for the quarterly member feedback survey has been extended to Friday, October 15. Please lend us your insights—we want to hear from you in order to make memberships the best they can be! You can find the survey here.

🌈Introducing... an LGBTQIA+ Affinity Group!
A new AAJA affinity group for members and allies of the LGBTQIA+ community is in the works, led by Jireh Deng and Sofia Koyama. If you are interested in being one of the founding 50 members to officially get it started, either join the Slack channel (affectionately named #affinity-aaj-gay), or reach out to sofiak@aaja.org with questions or ideas.

AAJA-Asia Launches ANDA Survey
Our Asia chapter has launched a first-of-its-kind Advancing News Diversity in Asia (ANDA) survey to get a better picture of diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) across Asia's newsrooms. Learn more here.

AAJA Joins TAAF's Anti-Hate National Network
AAJA is proud to be a member of The Asian American Foundation’s newly launched Anti-Hate National Network. We'll continue to bridge and forge healthy relationships between media and AAPI communities through AAJA Studio, Mediawatch, and our training programs at Media Institute. Find more information here.

Happy Filipino American History Month!
Happy Filipino American History Month to members of our AAJA Family and the Filipino community! Over this month, we’ll be sharing pieces by Filipino writers that illuminate Filipino American history.

AAJA Quarterly Board Meeting
The AAJA National Board of Directors and Advisory Board each met this past weekend, coming together across Asia and U.S. time zones. These meetings are open to AAJA membership; members can watch the Advisory Board meeting recording here and the Board of Directors meeting recording here.


🗓 Upcoming Events

October 14 | AAJA
AAJA At-Large Happy Hour Come one and all to this AAJA At-Large happy hour hosted by Ben Pu and Yuri Nagano, your At-Large chapter representatives. The Zoom link is here. 

October 15 | AAJA-Los Angeles
Annual Trivia Bowl There’s still time to enter your team for the Los Angeles chapter's all-virtual Trivia Bowl. New York, Sacramento, Seattle and Yung AAJA have already signed up—the L.A. chapter would love to see more folks from AAJA join! Find out more here.

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 Join a member-only networking opportunity with recruiters and leaders at The Points Guy and Red Ventures to learn about new and existing job opportunities! Register here.


📓 News About News
AKA, our resources section.

in memoriam Rest in peace to Nick Oza, two-time Pulitzer-winning photojournalist, staff photographer at The Arizona Republic, and documentarian of the immigrant world, who died at age 57. Read about his life and work here.

inside look In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, NBCU Academy highlighted how bilingualism can be a valuable skill in newsrooms in "Bilingual Newsroom: How Local NBC and Telemundo Newsrooms Collaborate," directed by member Ben Pu. Watch it here.

anti-hate network David Nakamura explores The Asian American Foundation's anti-hate national network for The Washington Post in a piece, "Advocacy group launches national network to combat anti-Asian hate." Read it here.

member project The San Francisco Examiner highlighted Suzanne Joe Kai's documentary on famed music journalist Ben Fong-Torres. Read it here.

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


The indignity of getting by is the point, and so is the expectation that players be grateful to even have a shot in the first place. “We are not trying to hurt you or collect your debts,” assures one of the masked staffers tasked with enforcing the rules of the game. “Let me remind you that we’re simply here to give you a chance.”

–Delia Cai, "Squid Game Is, Unfortunately, the Perfect Show for Our Current Dystopia” for Vanity Fair

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

  • “From The Bay to the Bayou: 10 places that are steeped in Filipino American history” by Leezel Tanglao, The Points Guy
  • “Pandemic jobless benefits are gone. Where does that leave many Americans?” by Chris Dixon, Dan Michalski, Erin Chan Ding, Mary Beth Gahan, Lori Rozsa and Hannah Bae, The Washington Post 
  • "Biden pick Florence Pan confirmed as first Asian American woman on D.C. federal court" by Nate Raymond, Reuters
  • “Squid Game Is, Unfortunately, the Perfect Show for Our Current Dystopia” by Delia Cai, Vanity Fair
  • “Trauma and Trump make Asian American voters a more cohesive bloc, new poll reveals” by Rishika Dugyala and Beatrice Jin, Politico
  • "The Myth of Asian American Identity" by Jay Caspian Kang, The New York Times — and read Jay in conversation with Frank Shyong below!
  • “‘The Loneliest Americans’: A conversation about Asian Americans and race with Jay Caspian Kang” by Frank Shyong, Los Angeles Times — and read Jay's recent piece for The New York Times above!
  • “How It Feels To Be Asian In Today’s America” by Jill Cowan, with illustrations by Sally Deng, The New York Times

📺 To Listen/Watch:

  • “Chinese American WWII Vets Receive Congressional Gold Medal” by Aimee Cho, NBC4 Washington
  • “The Pop Stars and the President” by Juju Chang, Good Morning America
  • “COVID Long-Haulers Are Fighting for Their Future” by Ed Yong, The Atlantic

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!

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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