November 18, 2021

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Impromptu reunion time last Wednesday at the Chinese American Museum in Washington, D.C., for AAJA's 40th Anniversary oral history shoot: Former national president Paul Cheung, CEO of Center for Public Integrity, takes a selfie with fellow former national presidents Evelyn Hsu, co-executive director of Maynard Institute for Journalism Education, and Catalina Camia, Vice President and Editor in Chief of CQ Roll Call.

  • Updates: Oral history interviews continue on both coasts
  • Upcoming Events: AAJA co-sponsors the BIPOC Media Summit 
  • #AAJAKudos & Resources: AAJA's COVID-19 guidance cited in research study
  • Introducing!
  • Member Bylines: The Self Evident podcast launched its third season!
  • Opportunities


Oral Histories Updates
We had our latest round of 40th Anniversary oral history interviews with key AAJA members last week, in Washington, D.C. on Thursday and Los Angeles on Saturday. Check out our Twitter threads and Instagram Stories for a behind-the-scenes look at the shoots. 

Judge AAJA's Redesigned Awards!
AAJA is recruiting judges for the AAJA Journalism Excellence Awards. A diverse set of experienced journalists and editors will be appointed to review the entries and select the finalists and winners in 2022. Judges will select finalists for works published in 2020 and works published in 2021. Apply here.

Join our Scholarships 2022 Judging Committee
AAJA offers up to $20,000 in scholarships and grants annually to journalism students to help offset the costs of education, internships, living expenses and other opportunities. We welcome current AAJA members to be part of building the next generation of AAPI leaders through our scholarship program. Fill out this Google Form if you are interested in volunteer judging scholarship applications. For questions, contact

Deadline Extended: Propose and Renew Affinity Groups for 2022
Affinity Groups are dedicated to specific career interests or focus areas in order to meet the evolving and unique needs of AAJA members. Make sure your affinity group is renewed in order to remain active for our next cycle! Submit your application here. For questions, reach out to AAJA Senior Vice President Nicole Dungca.

Submit Photos 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!

Thank you, Hewlett Foundation, for supporting our work in aiding AAPI journalists!
We’re proud to be one of 22 organizations receiving anti-racism grants from the Hewlett Foundation to support the increasing needs of AAPI communities, in a time of rising anti-Asian hate and violence. We’ll continue our work supporting and uplifting AAPI journalists with these funds. Learn more about the grant here.

💫 AAJA Defined published its second piece!
This month, we spoke to VOICES fellows Janice Kai Chen, Ilena Peng, Jasen Lo, Trisha Ahmed, Simon Levien and Devan Karp, who wrote “‘I didn’t feel wanted by student media’: Few Black and Latinx students are editors of top college newspapers,” investigating inequities in college journalism and the lack of students of color in student newspaper leadership. Read the interview on AAJA Defined.


Nominate Media for the AAJA 2021 Top 10 Lists!
It’s getting close to that time of year againsubmit your suggestions for what should be included in AAJA’s Top 10 Lists for 2021! You can view last year's lists here and submit pieces for this year's lists here.


🗓 Upcoming Events

November 18 | MMCA, sponsored by AAJA
BIPOC Media Summit at the National Press Club The Multicultural Media and Correspondents Association and Dynasty Media will host the 1st Annual Black, Indigenous, and People of Color Media Community Development Summit on November 18 at the National Press Club. AAJA is among the sponsors. Learn more and register here.

November 18 | AAJA-University of Georgia
Burnout Session Join UGA chapters of AAJA, ONA and SPJ at UGA for a discussion about mental health and burnout in the journalism industry. This session will feature Fox 5 Atlanta reporter Janice Yu and Open News reporter Erika Owens as guest speaker. Email for the link or go to AAJA-UGA’s Linktree.


📓 News About News
AKA, our resources section.

diversity initiative We are proud to support and participate in NAHJ’s Investigative and Data Journalism Task Force's strategic plan to increase the diversity of newsroom investigative reporting teams and among investigative editors.

member interview Janelle Salanga talked to Sisi Wei for The Objective, discussing industry-wide change as a collective effort.

diversity study Shawna Chen and Russell Contreras rounded up the state of diversity in newsrooms for Axios.

impact The Harvard Crimson has named its first Hispanic president, Raquel Coronell Uribe. Our 2021 VOICES diversity in student newsroom analysis was cited in this article.

impact Chenue Her and Gia Vang were celebrated in this Sahan Journal article by Hibah Ansari.

research AAJA's COVID-19 guidance was cited in a recently published study by Denetra Walker and Alison Anders, "'China Virus' and 'Kung-Flu': A Critical Race Case Study of Asian American Journalists' Experiences During COVID-19."

learning initiative The Solidarity Journalism Initiative was launched at the University of Texas at Austin, with the aim to help journalists, educators and students improve coverage of marginalized communities.


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


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AAJA's Leezel Tanglao interviews ABC7 anchor David Ono at the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles last Saturday. After Wednesday's D.C. shoots, our 40th Anniversary oral histories interviews continued on the opposite coast.

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

📰 To read:

  • "Corky Lee, Henry Chang, and the Life of a Storied Neighborhood in 'Chinatown Beat'" by Yuko Torihara, The New Yorker
  • "Philadelphia Chinatown Ceremony Honors Chinese American WWII Veterans" by Shirley Ng, AsAmNews
  • “VIRUS DIARY: Thwarted at the finish line, but finding luck” by Pia Sarkar, AP News
  • "‘We’re redefining what leadership looks like’: Asian Americans show rapid rise in US politics" by Maya Yang, The Guardian
  • “Michelle Wu Sworn in as Mayor of Boston” by Ti-Hua Chang, AsAmNews
  • “Politics briefing: ‘We are not drowning, we are fighting’” by Andrew Peng, Mary Yang and Shawna Chen, The Yappie
  • “This Colorado community was proof an all-electric, net-zero future is possible. Now that vision is under siege” by Rachel Ramirez, CNN

📺 To listen to/watch: 

  • “The Wheat Whisperer” by Wailin Wong and Kenny Malone, Planet Money/NPR
  • “Episode 021: ‘Don’t Eat Nazi Shit Melons’ (1/2)” reported and produced by James Boo, hosted by Cathy Erway, edited by Julia Shu, fact checked by Harsha Nahata, mixed and mastered by Timothy Lou Ly, executive produced by Ken Ikeda, Self Evident: Asian America's Stories (Season Three launch)
  • “Searching for Solace” by Zulekha Nathoo, Feet in 2 Worlds: A Better Life?
  • "Armed with Language: Minnesota History & Culture" by David Mura, PBS
  • “Minority Voices in Music: The Asian American Conundrum” ft. Emily Tan, Name 3 Songs Podcast

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.


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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