November 4, 2021

Last week, the AAJA-HQ team congregated at AAJA's office in Washington, D.C., for a leadership and strategy staff retreat after more than two years of working remotely! From left: Jessica Xiao, Daniella Ignacio, Angela Tang, April Siruno, Sofia Koyama, Naomi Tacuyan Underwood, Karen Sugihara, Glenn Sugihara, Julie Truong and Waliya Lari (on screen).

  • Updates: Opportunities to judge awards, lead Mentor Match and more!
  • Upcoming Events & Resources: Join The Space tonight for a Burnout Workshop
  • #AAJAKudos & Member Bylines: On Michelle Wu's win in Boston and more
  • Opportunities


Apply to Lead AAJA's Mentor Match
AAJA's Mentor Match is looking for up to two volunteer co-leads to serve at least one year (ideally two years) on its board. Co-directors ideally should have previous experience in mentoring and encouraging others to be involved in mentoring, either as a mentor or a mentee. Co-directors must be AAJA members. For questions, reach out to current co-directors Ruth Liao and Kenichi Serino or Candidates should reach out to AAJA Mentorship expressing interest no later than November 10. For more information, refer to the application details.

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. Read more and apply here.

Join our Scholarships 2022 Judging Committee
Join the 2022 AAJA Scholarships judging committee! Email by November 10 for more information.

Propose and Renew Affinity Groups for 2022
Applications to propose new or renew current affinity groups is now open! The deadline to submit is November 15, so don’t wait! Affinity Groups are dedicated to specific career interests or focus areas in order to meet the evolving and unique needs of AAJA members. Applications are due Monday, November 15 at 11:59 p.m. EST. Apply here. Any 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!

🎉 National Board Update: Congratulations, Nader, and thank you, Bethany!
Nader Issa, president of AAJA-Chicago, will be filling the role of Small/Medium Chapter Representative for the rest of the year after being appointed by our AAJA president and ratified by the governing board, per AAJA's by-laws. #AAJAKudos to Bethany Ao, who previous held the role.


🗓 Upcoming Events

Tonight: 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.

November 9 | AAJA-NY
AAJA-NY Fall Mixer As we say goodbye to summer and jump into fall's cooler temperatures and PSLs, join AAJA-NY for a Fall Mixer at Mika. See old friends, meet new ones and enjoy Japanese-style comfort food, craft beer, sake and creative cocktails with your fellow New York chapter members. We will also raffle off prizes in support of chapter scholarships in 2022. Reach out at if you have questions. Register here.

November 12 | AAJA-Philly
A Conversation Between Friends AAJA Philly President Juliana Reyes will be interviewing former co-president and NPR Invisibilia host Yowei Shaw about what it’s like to become the co-host of an acclaimed longform podcast and what we can learn about storytelling and craft from this season. The event is free and open to the public. Learn more here.


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


📓 News About News
AKA, our resources section.

diversity coalition Members of the Los Angeles Times Guild have formed an AAPI Caucus. Read their open letter to Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong and Kevin Merida.

diversity study Asian Americans and Latinos remain underrepresented, while Native Americans are 'virtually invisible' on TV, according to Lynn Elber of the San Diego Union Tribune. Read the article about this diversity study.

member interview Millie Tran, VP of Content Strategy and Growth at Conde Nast, was featured in #WeAreCondeNast. Read the interview.

reflection Tim Giago, founder of the Native American Journalists Association, reflects on his 87-year-long career for The South Dakota Standard.

in memoriam Rest in peace to Jovita Moore, an anchor with WSB-TV who has collaborated with AAJA-Atlanta chapter on workshops and spoke on a panel at our last in-person convention #AAJA19 in Atlanta. Read her obituary by WBS-TV staff.

in memoriam AAJA is saddened to hear of the passing of Hassina Leelarathna, co-founder of the only Sri Lankan newspaper in the U.S. Read an obituary on her legacy by Anh Do.

member interview Journalist and professor Dr. Meredith Clark discusses critical race theory in her journalism teaching with Hillary Chabot. 

advice Anh Do shares advice on being a good journalist with USC Annenberg's “Keeping Up With The Alums” series. Read the article here.

education Former AAJA President Doris Truong discusses how journalism schools are addressing "objective" coverage on NPR's "Where We Live." Listen here.


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

ICYMI: AAJA Defined has launched!
Last week, we launched AAJA Defined, our new platform dedicated to showcasing the different faces of the #AAJAFamily, made up of AAPI journalists, media professionals and our allies who are redefining journalism in inclusive, expansive and visionary ways. Our first piece on Clare Lynne Ramirez of The Washington Post is out now. Keep an eye out for our next story on several members of our 2021 VOICES cohort coming next week.


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.

🗳 Elections 

  • “Michelle Wu becomes first woman and person of color elected mayor of Boston, AP projects” by Kimmy Yam, NBC News
  • “Abdullah Hammoud Makes History in Dearborn Mayoral Election: “There Is a New Era in Dearborn” by Nargis Hakim Rahman, WDET 101.9 FM

🍎 History and Education

  • "Facing Up to the Racist Legacy of America’s Immigration Laws" by Reece Jones, The New York Times 
  • “Why cancer stigma for Asian Americans is so dangerous” by Yvonne Liu, NBC THINK
  • "For generations, Filipino nurses have been on America’s front lines" by Fruhlein Chrys Econar with photos by Rosem Morton, CNN
  • "Amid critical race theory fight, Laotian American senator pushes Asian American studies in Ohio" by Claire Wang, NBC News
  • "What 'The Chinese Lady' Can Teach Us About Asian America, Then And Now" by Diep Tran, American Theatre Magazine
  • "Stress is a part of life. Burnout doesn't have to be." by Julia M. Chan, CNN — ft. #AAJA21 speaker Jeanie Chang
  • 🎧 “Episode 5: Gender, Community Building, and Fighting for Diversity with Jin Ding” by Lucia Liu and Siyuan Meng, Bund to Brooklyn — ft. AAJA Board Member Jin Ding

💾 Business and Technology

  • “New York’s Once-Thriving Asian Businesses Struggle to Recover From 4,000% Unemployment Spike” by Amy Yee, Andre Tartar and Christopher Cannon, Bloomberg Equality
  • "Big Teacher Is Watching: How AI Spyware Took Over Schools" by Priya Anand and Mark Bergen, Bloomberg Business

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.

  • AsAmNews Scholarship & Internship: Media students who are looking to intern with AsAmNews can now also apply for a $1500 scholarship. Applicants must agree to work a minimum of 8-10 hours a week for 15 weeks. Each intern receives constant feedback and guidance from our dedicated editing team. AsAmNews hopes to offer one scholarship each to a fall, winter and summer intern. 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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