March 3, 2022

Ukrainians in Ternopil take refuge inside the Cathedral of the Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Alan Chin/Business Insider


  • Awards deadline extended! Whose work do you want to see recognized?
  • AAJA Defined pieces you might have missed!
  • #AAJAKudos & member bylines - David Ono receives one of Japan's highest honors.
  • One year after the Atlanta spa shootings, a panel with AAJA-Atlanta
  • Students, cover sports this summer with ESPN - Apply for our internship by April 1.

From AAJA-HQ: Solidarity and Spotlights

Community Survey As we near one year since the Atlanta shootings and two years since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, we'd like to hear from AAPI journalists in the field. What's changed and what hasn't in coverage of anti-Asian violence and racism? Tell us what you want to see in coverage, in your newsrooms and from your managers.

AAJA Awards Deadline Extended Missed your chance to submit work for consideration in our Journalism Excellence Awards? We’ve extended the deadline by TWO weeks, given our revamped process and the questions we've received. Submissions now close on Friday, March 18Apply now and refer to our FAQ.

Statement on Ukraine AAJA stands in solidarity with AMEJA in their call for news organizations to be mindful of implicit and explicit bias in their coverage of war in Ukraine, including the orientalist and Eurocentric biases seen recently in coverage.

AAJA Acknowledges ABC Apology for Misidentification of AAPI Women's Names We issued a statement about ABC News’ misnaming of community organizer Grace Lee as Michelle Go, the Asian American woman who was killed a month ago, and we urge caution in coverage of our communities.

Oral Histories Check out highlights of our virtual interviews with Niala Boodhoo of Axios Today and Sharon Chan of The New York Times for our 40th Anniversary Oral History project.


We honored Japanese American Day of Remembrance with a highlight of a book talk on Frank Abe's "We Hereby Refuse" and discussed memoir writing and community healing with Stephanie Foo, journalist and author of "What My Bones Know."


🗓 Upcoming Events

March 5 | AAJA-Asia & AAJA+
Career Conversations: Unplugged with Ron Brown AAJA-Asia and the AAJA+ Task Force invites members with at least seven years of work experience to attend an exclusive career conversation with top U.S. corporate trainer, Ron Brown. Sign up to attend and ask questions to Ron in advance.

March 13 | AAJA-Atlanta & Alliance Theatre
Family Tales with Playwright Lloyd Suh and Director Eric Ting Join the Alliance Theatre and AAJA-Atlanta for an artist talk with Lloyd Suh and Eric Ting about their play “Bina's Six Apples.” The event will be moderated by AAJA-Atlanta member Janice Yu. The play, which takes place during the Korean War, is inspired by Suh's family lore and his parents' experiences during the war. AAJA members and friends receive a special $20 offer for the run of the show using the code: APPLES20. Reserve tickets here.

March 14 | AAJA-Atlanta
Atlanta Spa Shootings, One Year Later: Lessons Learned & Not Learned in Media Coverage Some of Atlanta’s top news organizations made mistakes in the hours and days after the shootings that left eight dead, including six Asian women. Hear from the Atlanta Asian American journalists who covered it. What lessons were learned and not learned? What has changed and still needs to change? Panelists are Janice Yu (Fox 5 Atlanta), Chris Jose (WSB-TV), Ernie Suggs (AJC) and Sarah Park (President, Metro Atlanta Chapter of the Korean American Coalition). Sophia Choi (WSB-TV) is the moderator. Register here.

March 28 | AAJA-HQ & Warner Media
Stream All About It: Preparing Yourself for the Evolving Media Landscape “In 2022, it’s all about streaming!” Join us for an in depth discussion with CNN+ leaders as they discuss the tools necessary to pivot and launch a successful career in streaming and share insight into what opportunities are available within the budding platform. Register here.


📓 News & Resources

survey The National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum’s groundbreaking State of Safety for Asian American and Pacific Islander Women survey spotlights AAPI women’s experiences with discrimination, harassment and violence amidst the COVID-19 pandemic and one year since the Atlanta shootings.

analysis Doris Truong shared her thoughts on language, framing and unconscious bias in coverage of the war in Ukraine for Poynter.

blog Jenny Fang wrote “Stop Ignoring Our Pain. Stop Discounting Our Trauma” for Reappropriate in defense of Frankie Huang’s op-ed on Eileen Gu.

commentary Kathy Lu shares five ideas to make newsroom edit tests more inclusive for Poynter.

diversity Learn about AAPI media publications that have been covering anti-Asian hate crimes, rounded up and interviewed by Claire Wang for NBCU Academy.  

panel AAJA President Michelle Ye Hee Lee talked at Asia Society's panel on South Korea's upcoming elections, domestic issues and the new administration’s likely impact on inter-Korean relations with Daniel Russell and Jenny Town. 

q&a Renee Tajima-Peña interviewed IDA Pioneer Awardee Jean Tsieng on her work as a documentary filmmaker.

newsletter Member Olivia Witherite kicked off her new newsletter, focused on career and productivity advice for sports socials, with tips on making simple to-do lists.

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

  • David Peña, who is the new executive director of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists. 
  • David Ono, who received the Order of the Chrysanthemum: Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette, for his decades of commitment to telling the stories of Japan and Japanese Americans. 
  • Nydia H. Han, who will be the Impact Award Honoree at the Pan Asian Association of Greater Philadelphia’s Asian American Heritage Month Annual Award Banquet.  
  • Michelle Li, who was honored by Webster University as the Game Changer of the Year at Webster University's 2022 Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Conference. 
  • Sree Sreenivasan, who will be joining Arizona State University Cronkite School of Journalism as managing director of #CronkitePro, a new program providing lifelong learning for professionals around the globe.
  • Jennifer Chang, who is the new managing editor at The Houston Chronicle. 
  • Elizabeth Yuan, who is joining the New York Times’s Flexible Editing desk after nine years at the Wall Street Journal. 
  • Chris Jose, who will be joining NBC New York after five years at WSB-TV in Atlanta.
  • Alice Rhee, who is the new Chief Communications and Partnerships Officer at Skoll Foundation.

On Our List 📺📸📰🎧

Follow us on Twitter @aaja for more works on our radar from the AAJA community.

  • “Inside a basement crypt that's become a Ukrainian bomb shelter” by Alan Chin, Business Insider
  • “For an Asian American woman like me, Christina Yuna Lee's death hits too close to home” by Jamie Nguyen, NBC News
  • “Perspective: Eileen Gu offers Chinese Americans a hard lesson in the paradox of belonging” by Frankie Huang, The Washington Post
  • “How an Indian civil engineer changed Atlanta’s culinary landscape with his restaurant, Calcutta” by Nandita Godbole, Atlanta Magazine
  • Minidoka in my bones: The generational trauma of Japanese American incarceration” by Wendy Tokuda, The Seattle Times
  • “My Family Lost Our Farm During Japanese Incarceration. I Went Searching for What Remains.” by Ruth Chizuko Murai, Mother Jones
  • “Are you a Fiona or a Jane? Jean Chen Ho’s debut captures a bittersweet L.A. friendship” by Meena Venkataramanan, Los Angeles Times
  • “Jeremy Lin reflects on 'Linsanity' 10 years later, gets candid about 'big regret' by Kimmy Yam, NBC News
  • “The Remembrance & Advocacy for Christian Hall” by Randy Kim, The Banh Mi Chronicles
  • “Fights At Hawaii Schools Highlight The Need For More Mental Health Support” by Suevon Lee, Honolulu Beat
  • “Bill to study creating Asian American-Pacific Islander museum advances” by Grace Deng, United Press International

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.

For Students:

  • AAJA Internship Grants | Apply now | Deadline: April 8
  • JCamp 2022 Apply now | Deadline: March 31
  • VOICES 2022Apply now | Deadline: March 31
  • AAJA-Sacramento/Sacramento Bee internship | Apply now | Deadline: April 1
  • * new * ESPN/Sports Task Force Internship, due April 1. Apply for ESPN and the AAJA Sports Task Force's joint internship, paid, for summer 2022. Deadline: April 1

For Professionals:

External Opportunities 

  • Poynter's student award opportunities roundup.

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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