March 31, 2022

Zohreen Shah covered the history and meaning of Holi for Good Morning America/ABC on March 18. Watch the segment here.



From AAJA-HQ: Program Updates

Guidance In response to a now-deleted tweet from the Chicago Sun-Times, AAJA urged newsrooms to not perpetuate xenophobia in coverage of the COVID-19 pandemic as anti-Asian violence increases. Read the guidance here

Media Institute After a two-year hiatus during the COVID-19 pandemic, AAJA is excited to announce the return of Media Institute in partnership with The Asian American Foundation (TAAF), as part of their Anti-Hate National Network. These workshops will be held in Oakland, Chicago and New York City. They will prepare community leaders to build relationships and work with the media, tell their stories effectively and share their expertise. 

The Media Institute co-directors are Tomoko Hosaka Mullaney, Vice President of The Asia Group; Ellen Lee, writer and editor based in the San Francisco Bay Area; and Pamela Wu, Director of News and Media Relations for UC Davis Health. Learn more here

AAJA Defined ICYMI: Alumni Sally Ho of the Associated Press and Andrew Nguyen of the Boston Globe shared testimonials reflecting on their experiences in the Executive Leadership Program.


🗓 Upcoming Events

April 6 | AAJA+ & AAJA Sacramento
Caregivers Support Group Meeting This support group for AAJA caregivers will have their next meeting on April 6 at 8 p.m. ET. Register here.

April 14 | AAJA-LA
L.A. Uprising/Saigu Reflections: Race Relations Then and Now In commemoration of the 30th anniversary of the L.A. Uprising/Saigu, civil rights leaders and media experts reflect on race relations then and now on April 14 at 6 p.m. PT. This event is presented with Asian Americans Advancing Justice-LA, AAJA-LA, USC Annenberg, NABJ-LA and College Futures Foundation. Register here.

Save the date: November 6 | AAJA New York
NYC Marathon AAJA New York is an official charity partner of the world renowned TCS New York City Marathon in 2022. As part of being a charity partner, we will have a team of AAJA members who will run 26.2 miles across all five boroughs of New York City on Nov. 6, 2022 in support of AAJA’s mission. Join AAJA-NY and apply to run on Team AAJA! 


📓 News & Resources

The latest in journalism DEI conversations Sisi Wei shares her thoughts on the importance of building trust in spaces and how to do it.

guide The News Product Alliance recently launched the NPA Product Kit: a series of FREE, practical guides to get started with product thinking for newsrooms.

guide Kat Stafford contributed to these guides covering The American Rescue Plan and health from a lens of equity for Poynter.

news about news Paul Cheung explains the importance of diversity in journalism and how it grows audiences for Poynter.

👏 #AAJAKudos to...
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Drake Presto, whose documentary “Rush: Jackson He” was selected to play at the Phoenix Film Festival.

Leslie Hsu Oh, who was a gold and silver recipient for the 30th Annual National Travel Journalists Association Awards.

Paola Mardo, who was hired as Proximity Media’s SVP and Head of Audio.

Phil Yu, who won the Peabody Awards’ Trailblazer Award.

Cora Hall, who is part of the 2022-23 Association for Women in Sports Media Champions mentorship class.


A woman wearing traditional Kimono outfit looks at a canopy of cherry blossoms as she passes along a pedestrian bridge Sunday, March 27, 2022, in Tokyo. Kiichiro Sato/AP Photo

On Our List 📺📸📰🎧

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

News 📰

  • "The Festival of Colors is Here!" by Zohreen Shah, Good Morning America/ABC News
  • “Holi is a celebration of love, color and spring” by Harmeet Kaur, CNN
  • “Asian Americans Have Always Lived With Fear” by Min Jin Lee, The New York Times
  • “Times Square rally stirs introspection over anti-Asian violence” by Brian Pascus, Crain's New York
  • “How ‘hiya,’ ‘kapwa’ and other cultural values play a role in Filipino American mental health” by Agnes Constante, The Los Angeles Times
  • “How One New York City Restaurant Fought to Survive” by Gary He, The New York Times
  • “Asian American Women Fight Back” by Jiayang Fan, The New Yorker
  • “Broken Doors,” hosted by Nicole Dungca and Jenn Abelson, The Washington Post
  • A1 Revisited: The Seattle Times’ coverage of the 1942 removal of 227 Bainbridge residents left a harmful legacy,” by Naomi Ishisaka, The Seattle Times

Lifestyle and Perspectives 

  • It's Not All Jokes With Bowen Yang” by Raffy Ermac, Out
  • “Rent-a-stranger: This Japanese man makes a living showing up and doing nothing” by Michelle Ye Hee Lee & Julia Mio Inuma, Washington Post
  • “‘Licorice Pizza’ director’s justification of anti-Asian scenes misses mark, critics say” by Kimmy Yam, NBC Asian America
  • “Why This Wave of Anti-Asian Racism Feels Different” by Morgan Ome, The Atlantic

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:

  • JCamp 2022 Apply now | Deadline: March 31
  • VOICES 2022Apply now | Deadline: March 31
  • ESPN/Sports Task Force Internship | Apply now | Deadline: April 1
  • AAJA-Sacramento/Sacramento Bee internship | Apply now | Deadline: April 1
  • AAJA Internship Grants | Apply now | Deadline: April 8
  • *new* AAJA-LA Pasadena Star News internship | Apply now | | Deadline: April 14

For Professionals:

External Opportunities

  • Dotdash Meredith is hiring interns for the 2022 Summer Intern Program, a full-time program that runs for 10 weeks, with a competitive compensation rate. The deadline is April 4. Apply here.
  • CNN Deep Dive Workshops Are you a reporter looking to step up your game? Join CNN for a free one-day workshop in New York City on May 14. CNN's Talent Development team gives you an opportunity to engage with talent executives, on-air coaches and CNN correspondents. Register for the Reporter Workshop and Producer Workshop.
  • NBCU Academy Next Level Summit This summit is a place where attendees can learn, grow and engage with leaders, anchors, reporters and producers from NBC News, MSNBC, CNBC and Telemundo about the journalism landscape and how they can position themselves for success. Register here

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