August 12, 2021

Chang W. Lee photo from The New York Times.

AAJA-ers in San Francisco for the collection of more oral histories in celebration of our 40th anniversary! From left, Wendy Tokuda, Helen Zia, Leezel Tanglao, Yi-Shen Loo, and Jinah Kim. We can't wait to share a short clip at convention! Register now.

  • Updates: Attend the AAJA Candidate Forum on August 15
  • Visit SAG-AFTRA at #AAJA21
  • Upcoming Events & Resources
  • #AAJAKudos & Member Bylines
  • Visit AARP at #AAJA21
  • Opportunities: Submit photos to help us document 40 years of AAJA


#AAJA21 Registration open until August 21, midnight PST
Convention registration for #AAJA21: Boldly Moving Forward, Proudly Looking Back is open until Saturday, August 21 at 11:59 p.m. PST.

Are you already going to #AAJA21? Show your pride with new AAJA GIFs for the chance to win an AAJA tote bag. Participate on Twitter or Instagram.

#AAJA21 deadlines: 

AAJA National Elections for 2022-2023 - Come to the Candidate Forum
💡Voting opened on Monday, August 9 for AAJA Senior Vice President, Vice President of Journalism Programs and Vice President of Communications. If you are eligible to vote, you should have received your ballot by email (the email address you used to sign up for membership) on Monday, August 9. Anyone who signs up for a membership eligible to vote after the ballots were first sent out will receive their ballot in 36 hours of membership. If you did not receive it, please contact View the candidates here.

🗳 Come to our Candidate Forum on Sunday, August 15 at 8 p.m. EST / 5 p.m. PST / 2 p.m. HST (Hawaii) / 8 a.m. HKT (Mon., 8/16) to hear from the candidates themselves and ask any questions you may have about the elections process.

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 We are working hard to relieve the membership renewal and registration issues. Also, refer to our Membership FAQ to begin troubleshooting issues.


SAG-AFTRA is a union representing broadcast journalists, actors and media professionals that collectively bargains fair working conditions and protections for its members.  Representing 160,000 members, SAG-AFTRA has offices nationwide.

SPONSORED PANEL: As a proud sponsor of the 2021 AAJA Convention, SAG-AFTRA will present a breakout session “Self-Advocacy In the Newsroom” on Friday, August 27 from 2:30-3:30 p.m. EST led by moderator Veronica Miracle, Anchor & Reporter at KABC-TV, Los Angeles and panelists Michelle Li, Anchor & Reporter at KSDK, St. Louis, Nancy Yang, Editor at MPR, St. Paul and Aimee Cho, Reporter at NBC 4, Washington DC.  

BOOTH HOURS: SAG-AFTRA staff from the News & Broadcast and Equity & Inclusion departments are available to review Personal Service Contracts for members or non-members and discuss workplace or diversity issues. Visit us during our booth hours August 24 from 10:30 a.m. -1:00 p.m., August 25 from 1:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m., August 26 from 3:00 p.m.- 4:30 p.m. and August 27 from 11:00 a.m.-1 p.m. EST.

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🗓 Upcoming Events

The Space Listening Session scheduled for August 15 has been postponed. The Space will resume in September.

August 15, 8-9 pm ET | AAJA 
AAJA Candidate Forum for our 2022 election cycle. Sign up to attend the forum here.

August 16, 8-9 pm ET | Yung AAJA
Yung AAJA Virtual Office Hours Join a chat with veteran media leader Paul Cheung on newsroom leadership with veteran media leader Paul Cheung, the new CEO at the Center for Public Integrity. Link to register here.

August 24-28 | AAJA
#AAJA 21: Boldly Moving Forward, Proudly Looking Back Don't miss out on our amazing lineup of speakers, panels on an array of topics, and an opportunity to watch an exclusive early screening of Blue Bayou, directed and produced by Justin Chon! Registration closes August 21 at midnight PST. Register here.

📓 News About News
AKA, our resources section.

ICYMI statement In light of the Tokyo Olympics, AAJA’s Pacific Islander Task Force released a statement urging for mindful reporting in coverage of Indigenous Pacific Islanders that serves as a useful evergreen reminder for newsrooms and communicators. Read it here.

networking opportunity Attend #AAJA21’s career fair on JournalismNext! Upload your resume and be seen by potential employers. Instructions here.

member interview ft. Paul Cheung With a tight focus on inequality and a new CEO, the Center for Public Integrity plots a path forward by Joshua Benton for Nieman Labs.

in memoriam Janice Mirikitani, a renowned poet and a leader in social service programs at Glide Memorial Church in San Francisco, passed away on July 29 at the age of 80. Read more here.


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


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

  • The Asian Pop Stars Taking Center Stage by Ligaya Mishan, The New York Times
  • Sunisa Lee didn’t owe the U.S. gold. Her victory is a gift, especially to her Hmong community by Phillipe Thao, The Washington Post
  • Can We Fix America’s Food Problem? by Frankie Huang, Grub Street
  • Why Silicon Valley’s Asian Americans Still Feel Like A Minority by Priya Anand and Ellen Huet, Bloomberg
  • Middle Ground by Jing Feng, Asian American Documentary Network
  • The danger of anti-China rhetoric by Li Zhou, Vox
  • Why Do American Grocery Stores Still Have an Ethnic Aisle? by Priya Krishna, The New York Times
  • Waikīkī Restaurants Still Face Challenges Despite Crowds of Visitors and Locals by Casey Harlow, Hawai'i Public Radio
  • Amid Anti-Asian Hate, AAPI Candidates Aim To Smash Stereotypes And Lead Their Cities by Daniel Lam, NPR
  • Disabled Doctors Were Called Too ‘Weak’ To Be In Medicine. It’s Hurting The Entire System. by Wendy Lu, HuffPost
  • “Their Mental Health Takes a Hit Every Time”: Measuring the Impact on Athlete Activists by Allison Torres Burtka, Women's Running
  • Fake COVID-19 vaccination cards worry college officials by Roselyn Romero, AP News. Also appeared in print in the Ventura County Star.

AARP’s vision is a society in which everyone lives with dignity and purpose as they age. As part of its longstanding collaboration with AAJA through a commitment to help build better, more inclusive communities, AARP is proud to support AAPI journalists by providing trusted resources and information, story ideas and top national experts. Together, we’re helping tell the important stories, challenges and triumphs of older Asian Americans that need to be heard.

As AAJA celebrates its 40th year, AARP looks forward to continue supporting the organization and its constituents now, during a time of momentous change, as well as through the next 40 years. Hear more from AARP’s Executive Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer, Edna Kane-Williams, during AAJA’s opening ceremony, “Proudly Looking Back, Boldly Looking Forward,” on August 24, or visit today.

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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!
  • From AAJA-Portland: Missed out on past opportunities to give to AAPI journalists?  Donut worry, we’ve got you covered! You can support our Emerging Northwest Journalists Internship with a dozen Krispy Kreme donuts! Here’s how it works: Pay $10 by Aug. 31 to reserve your digital dozen. After Aug. 31, we’ll send you a code you can redeem at any Krispy Kreme location. Buy your digital dozen here by August 31.

External Opportunities

  • From AAJA-er James Boo: Self Evident is accepting audio pitches for the next season of the podcast and growing their network of reporters and producers for collaboration on future work! They are looking (and paying) for today’s everyday true stories: incredibly hard choices, under-explored comforts, and the moments (cathartic, routine, or totally bizarre) that clarify a need for systemic change. Check out their pitch page and get in touch to help shape the next two seasons of the program.
  • The Impact of Disinformation on Journalism Survey by PEN America: It’s no secret that disinformation has wreaked havoc on journalism, for both writers and consumers, at national and local levels, but there is not enough research on the impact the disinformation tidal wave has had on journalists, specifically. PEN America's landmark project will build on their existing work on disinformation and narrow in on proactive solutions for media professionals. Take the survey here.
  • Poynter Producer Project x AAJA Tuition Discount: AAJA members qualify for 50% off tuition for Poynter's upcoming Producer Project seminar! Thanks to support from the Scripps Foundation, AAJA members pay $250 instead of $499 for access to small group instruction and coaching from Poynter senior faculty Al Tompkins and our guest instructors. Deadline: August 23. 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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