May 12, 2022

Los Angeles Times photographer Marcus Yam was awarded the Pulitzer Prize on March 9, 2022 for his images of the fall of Kabul, Afghanistan. In this image, a military transport plane flies over relatives and neighbors of the Ahmadi family as they gather around an incinerated husk of a vehicle destroyed by a U.S. drone strike in Kabul. Marcus Yam/L.A. Times


  • Preliminary findings from our Broadcast Snapshot, which found that 25% of U.S. stations in the 20 largest media markets have no AAPIs on air, were released.
  • Welcome, Ai Uchida, AAJA-HQ’s new Director of Operations.
  • Read AMEJA's statement on the killing of Shireen Abu Akleh.
  • TAAF and LAAUNCH compiled data for a report and key findings about current attitudes about Asian Americans in 2022.
  • External Opportunities: Apply for the KALW Summer Podcasting Institute ASAP! 
  • Kudos and On Our List 

From AAJA-HQ: On the Horizon for #AAPIHM

AAPIHM As #AAPIHM continues, AAJA is excited to release projects that have been in the works and are focused on taking ownership of our stories and committing to transformative action. Looking ahead, we’re continuing what we do year-round: advocating for our AAPI journalists and communities. How are you celebrating? What are you reading or reporting on? Tag us in your #AAPIHM posts all month so we can share. Send any stories, kudos or events to our member news submission form.

Broadcast Snapshot AAJA conducted this broadcast snapshot in the absence of publicly available diversity data from stations. The project builds on AAJA’s mission to advance diversity in newsrooms and ensure fair and accurate coverage of communities of color. Through this work, AAJA hopes to spark productive dialogues that lead to concrete steps in increasing AAPI representation in local TV newsrooms.

ELP Asia Cohort AAJA is pleased to announce our 2022 Asia Executive Leadership Program (ELP) cohort, run by AAJA-Asia! Participants will level up their leadership and professional skills through the program. ICYMI: Here's the U.S. cohort.

Internship Grant Recipients AAJA is proud to announce two of our first internship grant recipients for the 2022 cycle. Anjali Huynh received the William Woo Print and Online News Internship Grant and Omar Rashad received the Stanford Chen Internship Grant. Internship grants assist students with financial needs to complete a journalism internship.

Convention Registration To our #AAJAFamily members, supporters and allies β€” early bird registration for #AAJA22 is now live! Join us in Los Angeles at the Sheraton Universal Hotel on July 27-30, 2022 for an amazing lineup of speakers, panels and events.  REGISTER NOW to lock in the early bird rates before May 31, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. PT.


Welcome Ai Uchida, AAJA-HQ's New Director of Operations

Ai Uchida enthusiastically joins AAJA as a veteran journalist and entrepreneur. As a television anchor and business reporter for NHK World, she covered every major story out of Japan in 2009-2021, including the Global Financial Crisis, the Great East Japan Earthquake, Abenomics, and COVID-19. (And yes, she is an AAJA member!) As an entrepreneur, she led an international team providing niche consulting services to globally-minded F&B establishments. Her passion is breaking down data and barriers to achieve a shared vision. She grew up in Seattle and Tokyo, is currently based in Maryland and is fluent in Japanese and karaoke. She is excited to lead AAJA's operations and strategic growth, as we continue the mission of elevating AAPI voices, journalists and experts.


πŸ—“ Upcoming Events

May 14  | AAJA-LA and CCNMA Latino Journalists of California | "Health Inequities: Diagnosing a major ill for communities of color" | To open new paths for journalists across a range of traditional coverage areas to help them better understand and report on health inequities and ways to address them, join AAJA-LA and CCNMA Latino Journalists of California for a free, online inaugural session examining this critical issue. Usha Lee McFarling and Jacqueline Garcia are the moderators. Register here.

May 14 | AAJA Seattle and Lucky Envelope Brewing | Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Month | Lucky Envelope Brewing celebrates Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) Heritage Month with events and beers while donating a portion of the month’s proceeds to AAJA Seattle and to the Very Asian Foundation. They will be featuring Journalist Spotlight posters focused on educating the public on DEI in journalism for the entire month of May. Learn more here.

May 14 | AAJA Arizona | Annual Willie Wong Dinner | AAJA Arizona will celebrate #AAPIHM over Korean BBQ at Gen Korean BBQ House in Tempe at 6 p.m. Justin Lum named this event after Willie Wong, the first Asian American mayor of Mesa, Arizona. Reach out to Justin so they can get an attendee head count from chapter members. 

May 18 | AAJA Philly and WHYY | "Asian Americans & Pacific Islanders: A Philadelphia Story" | AAJA Philly will host a free, in-person panel at Crane Chinatown after a screening of the WHYY special "Asian Americans & Pacific Islanders: A Philadelphia Story." It includes folks who helped realize the show and guests featured in the series. Register here.

May 26 | Philadelphia Mayor’s Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs, Asian Arts Initiative, Office of Immigrant Affairs and Mayor’s Office of Public Engagement |  "RISE: A Love Letter to the Asian American and Pacific Islander Community" | Jeff Yang and Phil Yu will discuss their best-selling book, "RISE: A Pop History of Asian American Culture from the Nineties to Today." The authors will speak about the implications of Asian American and Pacific Islander visibility in pop culture. Register here.


πŸ““ News & Resources

partner statement AMEJA mourns the loss of Shireen Abu Akleh, one of the most renowned Palestinian voices in journalism, and demands a transparent and independent investigation into the actions that led to her death.

statement Buzzfeed News Union voted unanimously to ratify their first union contract.

guide P. Kim Bui's latest addition to the "Sincerely, Leaders of Color" series discusses how newsrooms must create ways for people to learn to lead without pushing people into management.

interview Kimmy Yam shares how she improves her writing and reporting in a β€œCareer Spotlight: Reporting on Asian America” interview with NBC Asian America. 

report TAAF and LAAUNCH compiled data for a report and key findings about current attitudes about Asian Americans in 2022.

feature Sean Murphy rounds up a short list of AAPI Pulitzer Prize winners to discover during AAPI Heritage Month.


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Celebrate your achievements with usβ€”tag @aaja on Twitter or let us know on Slack.


May Reading Lists: On Our #AAPIHM List πŸŒŸ πŸ“Ί πŸ“Έ πŸ“° 🎧

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

  • Juju Chang interviews chefs Kevin Tien and Tim Ma, founders of Chefs Stopping AAPI Hate, on hosting dinners to raise money for a cause close to their hearts, ABC News
  • β€œ100 ways Asian American and Pacific Islander communities and allies have found solutions to racism and violence” by Angela Yang, Kimmy Yam, Claire Wang and Brahmjot Kaur, NBC Asian America
  • β€œNorman Mineta, former San Jose mayor and transportation secretary, dies at 90” by David Louie, ABC7 News
  • β€œHow two Capitol Hill staffers convinced Congress to establish AAPI Heritage Month” by Andrew Peng and Shawna Chen, The Yappie
  • β€œAsian American Heritage Month Special Highlights Achievement, Resilience in D.C. Area” by Aimee Cho, Eun Yang and NBC Washington Staff, NBC4 Washington
  • β€œWhat we got wrong about Black and Korean communities after the L.A. riots” by Frank Shyong, The Los Angeles Times
  • β€œAsian Americans were overcounted on the last census. Experts say that fact is misleading” by Sakshi Venkatraman, NBC Asian America
  • β€œA Level Playing Field” by Aryanna Prasad, Fansided
  • β€œHow 'Pachinko' Uses Beauty to Create a Timeless Period Piece” by Helen Li, Marie Claire

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.

AAJA Opportunities

  • AAJA-NY Corky Lee Fellowship in Photojournalism | Apply | Deadline: May 14
  • AAJA-DC #AAJA22 Convention Stipend | Apply | Deadline: May 15
  • Broadcast News Internship Grants | Apply | *EXTENDED Deadline*: May 31
  • AAJA/NAJA Pacific Islander Journalism Scholarship | Apply | Deadline: May 31
  • Mental Health Funding | Request funding here
  • Photo Submissions for AAJA's 40th Anniversary | Submit here

External Opportunities

  • KALW Public Media invites high schoolers to apply for a paid Summer Podcasting Institute where they’ll produce the third season of the tbh podcast: by, about and for teenagers. Apply here. The deadline is May 22.

Did you produce (or consume) some great journalism recently? ο»ΏPut 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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