July 15, 2021

AAJA founder David Kishiyama discusses being one of the only Asian American journalists at The Los Angeles Times in the 1970s during an interview with Sewell Chan in Los Angeles on July 1. The AAJA 40th Anniversary oral history project is in full swing, with our first filming day in the books. Check out our Twitter threads and Instagram post for highlights!

  • Updates: Don't miss out on approaching #AAJA21 deadlines
  • Apply for Microsoft's Data Visualization Scholarship
  • Upcoming Events & Resources
  • #AAJAKudos & Member Bylines
  • Opportunities: Submit photos to help us document 40 years of AAJA


#AAJA21 Deadlines approaching!

Early bird convention registration for #AAJA21: Boldly Moving Forward, Proudly Looking Back is closes on Saturday, July 31 at 11:59 p.m. PST. Don't miss out on early bird rates. Other deadlines coming up include:

Check out our convention website for a sneak peek of the programming and workshops that will be at #AAJA21!

Statement | AAJA Sports Task Force responds to ESPN’s Stephen A Smith’s remarks on Shohei Ohtani​​​​​​ Read the full statement here.

Update from AAJA Voices
The AAJA Voices website has been updated with the 2021 cohort and faculty team! Keep an eye out for the projects and work that will be shared.


Announcing the AAJA x Microsoft Data Viz Fellowship Train up! This year, AAJA and Microsoft are launching an AAJA Microsoft Data Visualization Fellowship! Apply to get a personalized 1:1 Microsoft Power BI training with the experts. The fellow will be awarded $10,000 to develop a data visualization project tracking the growth and influence of AAPI communities nationwide. Go here for more information and to apply.

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🗓 Upcoming Events

July 20 | AAJA x Media Law Resource Center
Microaggression or Employment Discrimination? This workshop for journalists, managers and/or employees, led by Jon Vegosen, will assist you in understanding the fundamentals of employment discrimination law. Register here.

July 21 | AAJA-Los Angeles
Navigating Social Media in Journalism Join AAJA-LA for a virtual panel discussion that will discuss what journalists should and shouldn't be posting online, best practices for social media, the line between sharing opinions and calling out injustices, and if it's OK to build a non-work related online presence. Register here.

July 24 | AAJA-New York
Prospect Park Hangout and Board Games Night All AAJA-New York members are invited to a hangout at Prospect Park’s Picnic House for some snacks as well as card and board games. Register here.

July 25 and August 8 | AAJA
The Space Learning Session After successful sessions of The Space earlier this year, we are excited for these two upcoming events that will be exploring intergenerational trauma—how the experiences of your parents, grandparents and ancestors are impacting you. Register for the July 25 session here and the August 8 session here.

July 28 | AAJA x LinkedIn
LinkedIn for Journalists This session, co-hosted by Aneesh Raman, former CNN war correspondent and President Obama speechwriter, and Jaren Anderson, who leads the LinkedIn for Journalists program, will bring the latest guidance, best practices, and updates on how to get the most out of LinkedIn as a reporter or editor. Zoom link here.

August 2-8 | AAJA-Asia
N3Con 2021 AAJA-Asia is proud to host the 11th edition of the New.Now.Next Media Conference (N3Con), an all digital event. This year's theme is Reimagining News: how we cover post-Covid challenges and upheaval in a world filled with disinformation. Register here.

August 17 | AAJA x Media Law Resource Center
Legal Training for Journalists This program will go over legal topics including copyright, libel and invasion of privacy often encountered by journalists. It is free to all AAJA members, and no registration is necessary. Zoom link here.


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

  • Lai Ling Jew, who became deputy head of standards at NBC News Group.
  • Niketa Patel, who became the Senior Director of Partnerships and Platforms at 19th News.
  • Our 2021 JCamp cohort, shown above, which begun its programming this week!

📓 News About News
AKA, our resources section.

member interview Jin Ding on how collaboration creates inclusive and supportive journalism, in an interview with Will Fischer for the Center for Collaborative Media at Montclair State University. Read it on Medium.

personal piece Naomi Osaka wrote about mental health and changes she hopes to see in sports in a piece for Time Magazine, "It’s OK Not To Be OK."

analysis The readership of metro papers continues to be predominantly white, despite the diversity of issues covered, as explained in a piece in NeimanLab.


Jeff Yang, left, Henry Fuhrmann, Sewell Chan, Jessica Xiao, Yi-Shen Loo, Leezel Tanglao and Jinah Kim, in Los Angeles on July 1 for the first AAJA 40th Anniversary oral history project shoot. See more highlights on our Twitter threads and Instagram post!

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

  • Rising stars of photography from the Getty inclusion scholarships – in pictures, The Guardian featuring photographs by AAJA's scholarship winner Kylie Cooper
  • Why Oahu Neighborhoods Have Such Sharp Differences In Vaccination Rates by Anita Hofschneider, Honolulu Civil Beat
  • Simu Liu is hitting new heights with Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings by Phil Yu, Entertainment Weekly
  • Asian American voting grows in Georgia, and with it, political power by Arielle Kass, Atlanta Journal-Constitution 
  • Review | You don’t have to be a Philippine expat to appreciate the unique joys of Jollibee by Tim Carman, Washington Post
  • Congressman seen in viral photo quietly cleaning after Capitol mob donates suit to Smithsonian by Kimmy Yam, NBC News
  • ‘Felt Like It Could Be Me': The Powerful Legacy of AAPI Olympians by Charissa Isidro, LX
  • Research on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders Is Being Stifled by Amy Yee, Scientific American
  • Biden nominates first openly-gay [and Asian American!] woman to serve as US ambassador by Jordan Williams, The Hill

📺 To watch

  • Pop-Up Shop Tour Supports Black Women-Owned Businesses by Aimee Cho, NBC Washington

🎧 To listen 

  • The cost of unaffordable housing by Cecilia Lei, Fifth and Mission/San Francisco Chronicle

AAJA Opportunities
Visit AAJA Careers or follow @AAJACareers on Twitter to stay up-to-date on our career, internship, and other 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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