July 29, 2021

Chang W. Lee photo from The New York Times.

Sunisa Lee, the first Hmong American to compete in the Olympics, during the U.S. Olympic gymnastic trials Wednesday. Lee went on to win a gold medal in the women's gymnastics all-around final on Thursday in Tokyo. Photo by AAJA member Chang W. Lee for The New York Times. Find more of Chang's work on his website or Instagram.

  • Updates: Last chance for #AAJA21 early bird registration + karaoke!
  • Report On What Matters With Temple University
  • Upcoming Events & Resources
  • #AAJAKudos & Member Bylines
  • Learn About USC Annenberg's Graduate Journalism Programs
  • Opportunities: Submit photos to help us document 40 years of AAJA

From AAJA-HQ: Get your #AAJA21 early bird tickets

#AAJA21 Early Bird closes this week!
Early bird convention registration for #AAJA21: Boldly Moving Forward, Proudly Looking Back closes this Saturday, July 31 at 11:59 p.m. PST.

  • 🌟 We’ve announced our draft agenda: take a look at it on our website as we update and add programming!
  • 🎤 Karaoke Night at convention is back! Submit your video by August 23 to get in on the fun!

Covering the Olympics 2021
Ahead of the Tokyo Olympics Opening Ceremony, AAJA and the AAJA Pacific Islander Task Force urge media organizations to be mindful not to perpetuate Asian and Indigenous Pacific Islander stereotypes in headlines, reporting and coverage. Refer to our anti-AAPI racism guidance and style guide.

Our 40th anniversary oral histories project is in full swing
In the past two weeks, we’ve interviewed AAJA trailblazers and legends in New York City and Los Angeles, with San Francisco to come! Check out our Twitter threads and Instagram stories for highlights.

A note from our membership team re: #AAJA21 registration: If you are having any trouble with renewing your membership in order to register for #AAJA21, please directly contact support@aaja.org. We are working hard to relieve the membership renewal and registration issues. Also, refer to our Membership FAQ to begin troubleshooting issues.


Report On What Matters With Temple University
Through Temple’s one-year Master of Journalism, you will directly engage with the diverse communities of Philadelphia. Coursework, as well as reporting and editing projects, focus on the problems and opportunities of urban life. Find more information here.

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🗓 Upcoming Events

July 29 | AAJA x AIR Media and Asian American Podcasters
Summer BBQ Mixer Join AAJA Podcasters, AIR Media and Asian American Podcasters for a BBQ-themed virtual meetup. There will be connection and networking 一 and a pet contest! RSVP here.

August 2-8 | AAJA-Asia
N3Con 2021 Join Journalists in Asia and around the world to Reimagine News at N3Con 2021! AAJA-Asia invites you to engage with top news leaders and journalists at the 11th edition of the New.Now.Next Media Conference online. Learn how newsrooms are covering post-COVID challenges and stories, engage with news executives and senior editors in intimate newsroom talks over lunch, pick up new skills at workshops and connect with journalists in Asia and beyond. Special discounts for AAJA members and students worldwide! More details here

August 15* | AAJA 
The Space Listening Session We follow last week's The Space with a listening session on intergenerational trauma—how the experiences of your parents, grandparents and ancestors are impacting you. Register here
*This event was previously scheduled for August 8

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.

🚨 #AAJA21 Early Bird ends on July 31, 11:59 p.m. EST! Register now!

📓 News About News
AKA, our resources section.

member interview A Q&A with Paul Cheung: ‘Who Is Journalism Really Serving?’ An interview with the new Public Integrity CEO, where he shares his vision for investigative reporting that dismantles inequality. Read the article here.

ICYMI Our Employment Discrimination Law webinar with the Media Law Resource Center is now available to watch here

style change The New Yorker has dropped its hyphen, as noted by Henry Fuhrmann this week.

resource roundup Find key investigative stories, data sources, training opportunities and more in this week's issue of Green Echoes, a newsletter from the Environmental Reporting Collective.


Dan Woo, left, and Jeannie Park reminisce over AAJA mementos during an AAJA 40th Anniversary oral histories project shoot in New York City on July 22. See more highlights on our Twitter thread!

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

  • White residents burned this California Chinatown to the ground. An apology came 145 years later by Anh Do, Los Angeles Times
  • The Tokyo Olympics: 1964 celebrations and 2021 struggles by AAJA president Michelle Ye Hee Lee, Washington Post
  • How the media has traditionally covered Asian Olympians’ bodies by Victoria Namkung, NBC News
  • A Native Hawaiian Won The First Olympic Gold For Surfing by Sally Ho, HuffPost
  • Joon Lee shares perspective on Stephen A.'s comments about Shohei Ohtani by Joon Lee, ESPN First Take
  • The Evolution of the Asian Heroine in Hollywood by Laura Sirikul, Nerdist 
  • Howard-bound Nikole Hannah-Jones plans to ‘even the playing field’ for HBCUs. Here’s how by Ruth Etiesit Samuel, Los Angeles Times
  • Burning questions from Eagles camp: Can Hurts, Ertz, and the blitz make a difference? by Josh Tolentino, Philadelphia Inquirer
  • In the heart of South Philly’s Southeast Asian community, painting a street mural to improve pedestrian safety and ‘create a sense of hope’ by Juliana Feliciano Reyes, Philadelphia Inquirer
  • “You Will Die on Your Knees”: As Cops Recount Capitol Violence, Republicans Boycott and Blame Pelosi by Inae Oh, Mother Jones
  • 🥇 bonus Gia Vang captured on video the reaction of Sunisa Lee's family the moment she won the Olympic gold.

Graduate Journalism Programs With USC Annenberg
Join the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism at the global crossroads of media, journalism and culture. The school’s expert faculty, experiential learning opportunities, unparalleled network and state-of-the-art facilities allow students to advance the fields of communication, journalism, public diplomacy and public relations.

Learn more about USC Annenberg’s journalism graduate degree programs at annenberg.usc.edu, and meet the admissions team at the AAJA virtual convention August 24 – 27.

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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!
  • David Ibata Print Scholarship with Block Club Chicago & AAJA-Chicago: The deadline has been extended to intern with Block Club Chicago, a local nonprofit news organization. Interns will receive valuable reporting experience, mentorship and a $5,000 stipend. Deadline: August 1. Apply here.
  • #AAJA21 Scholarship from AAJA-Hawaii: AAJA-Hawaii is funding scholarships for one early career journalist and one student journalist to attend #AAJA21. Deadline: July 30, 11:59 p.m. HST. Apply here.
  • Fall Internship with KCET: AAJA-Los Angeles is offering a paid fall internship with KCET. Each intern will receive a grant of $5,000 for 10-16 weeks of work. The intern will be matched with a mentor and receive a free AAJA membership. Deadline: July 30. Apply here.

External Opportunities

  • Fall 2021 Public Square Program Internship: The Democracy Fund is seeking an intern for a paid, nine-month position for anyone interested in journalism, civic engagement, grant making, and the nonprofit field generally. Interns play an integral part of the team in a variety of areas, including communications, grant writing, and research projects. 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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