May 26, 2022

Vicky Nguyen and Kimmy Yam report in "The Racism Virus," a news special on anti-Asian hate for NBC News Now that aired on May 11. Watch the full special here and learn more about the process behind the scenes in our resources section.



From AAJA-HQ: Supporting the Next Generation

Mental Wellness In the wake of several recent tragic mass shootings in Uvalde, Buffalo, Laguna Woods and Dallas, AAJA wants to re-share our mental wellness resources available: our Mental Wellness Resource List, the AAPI Journalists Mental Health Fund and our AAJA Mental Health Funding Request for journalists to receive financial support for mental health services.

Educators Survey We want to identify the needs, challenges and goals of members who teach students or are thinking about moving into academia. If you’re an educator or potential educator in our organization, or if you're interested in collaborating on research projects on AAPI communities in media, fill out our AAJA Educators survey.

VOICES 2022 AAJA is proud to announce the students selected to participate in the 2022 VOICES program, who will create long-form journalistic projects virtually for in-person presentation at the #AAJA22 Convention.

JCamp 2022 After a record high number of applicants, AAJA is excited to announce the 2022 AAJA JCamp cohort. This will be our first in-person class since 2019.

2022 Scholarships Recipients The five recipients of this year’s Facebook Journalism Project Scholarship are Angelique Chen, Sriharsha Devulapalli, Minju Kim, Mingson Lau and Siqi “Karen” WangMinju Kim is also our Center for International Cooperation/Anna Chennault Scholarship recipient. 

The Yappie We're proud to be the fiscal sponsor for The Yappie, a nonpartisan publication dedicated to tracking the rise of AAPI political power. 

ICYMI: #AAJA22 Updates |

  • Hotel Room Block: Our Sheraton Universal room block is nearly full with some room types no longer available; we are working to secure additional hotel room blocks in the nearby area, so please stay tuned!
  • Convention Draft Schedule: View our draft agenda.
  • #AAJA22 FAQ: Got questions, have issues with your membership? Read our FAQ.
  • NBCU x AAJA Emerging Producers Fellowship: Apply here.
  • Registration: Register now! Early bird rates end on May 31.
  • Volunteer Opportunities: Apply to be a volunteer for #AAJA22.

🗓 Upcoming Events

TONIGHT, May 26 | yung AAJA & AAJA's Pacific Islander Task Force | The Art of Storytelling: A conversation with Pulitzer Prize finalist | Julian Aguon will discuss his Pulitzer Prize-winning piece, "To Hell with Drowning," and his upcoming book “No Country For Eight-Spot Butterflies.” Lenika Cruz, senior editor at The Atlantic, will discuss the editing process and pitching narratives rooted in our AAPI communities. Rachel Ramirez will moderate. Register here.

TONIGHT, 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" and the implications of Asian American and Pacific Islander visibility in pop culture. Register here.

July 27-30 | AAJA-Asia | N3Con | The 12th New.Now.Next Media Conference will take place in Singapore on July 27-30. AAJA-Asia's board has approved a limited number of fellowships to help AAJA-Asia members who might be prevented from attending N3Con 2022 by serious financial difficulties aggravated by the COVID-19 pandemic. If this is your case, apply for a fellowship here by June 15.


📓 News & Resources

guidance The Society of Professional Journalists’ president, Rebecca Aguilar retweeted SPJ’s Code of Ethics calling for all journalists to refrain from asking families and survivors of the Uvalde, Texas mass shooting about their immigration status, citing that it is irrelevant and disrespectful to victims already suffering.

guide Editors of Color tweeted a guide for those who need racial diversity in their Twitter feeds. The Editors of Color list has 300 editorial pros of color and Native/Indigenous editors for you to follow, like, RT and hire.

directory The Center for Community Media's Black Media Map and Directory continues to add outlets for and by Black Americans. You can now find more than 400 Black media outlets in nearly every state in the U.S.

grant The TEGNA Foundation announced its first round of 2022 Media Grants to support training for the next generation of diverse journalists and education and development opportunities for professionals in the media field. 

mental health resource The Poynter staff reminds journalists to take care of their mental health with an article on different ways to handle covering multiple tragedies. 

behind the story NBC News’ “The Racism Virus” aired on May 11. Watch Jamie Nguyen’s look behind the scenes on producing this groundbreaking news special. Tat Bellamy-Walker wrote about the special for NBC Asian America, as well.

news about news The Seattle Times confronted and apologized for its past coverage of Japanese American incarceration.


👏 #AAJAKudos to...
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On our radar: ABC News' "Together As One: Celebrating Asian American, Native Hawaiian & Pacific Islander Heritage" airs TOMORROW, May 27 at 8 p.m. ET/7 p.m. Central! Learn more here and tune in to support. Juju Chang, Eva Pilgrim, Ashan Singh and Lei U'i Kaholokula will report.

May Reading Lists: On Our #AAPIHM List 🌟 📺 📸 📰 🎧

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

  • "The Racism Virus" produced by Jamie Nguyen, hosted by Vicky Nguyen, NBC News
  • “There's a burden in being confused for The Other Asian. Just ask my work doppelgänger” by Laura Yuen, The Star Tribune
  • “Disaggregation is essential to achieve data justice for Asian Americans” by Jenn Fang, Prism Reports
  • “Who is Ferdinand Marcos Jr., presumptive president of the Philippines?” by Erik Ortiz, NBC Asian America
  • “Churchgoers tackled, hogtied gunman after deadly Laguna Woods church shooting” by Hannah Fry, Richard Winton, Laura Newberry, Jeong Park, Anh Do, and Andrew J. Campa, The Los Angeles Times
  • “The Triumph of Marcos Dynasty Disinformation Is a Warning to the U.S.” by Sheila Coronel, The New Yorker
  • “'Made With Lau' started as a humble home cooking project. Now it's a YouTube success story” by Julia M. Chan, CNN
  • “7 Polynesian Films To Watch for AAPI Month (And Where To Watch Them)” by Elizabeth Reese, Collider
  • “31 Asian American Podcasts For AAPI Heritage Month 2022” by Asian American Podcasters
  • "Asian American groups to march for racial justice at National Mall next month" by 

    Brahmjot Kaur, NBC Asian America


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

  • Dinag Eng Fellowship Grant | We're relaunching the Dinah Eng Fellowship Grant, which widens opportunities for mid-career AAJA members pursuing skills needed to enter and advance in news management. Fellows receive up to $1,000 for any leadership or management development program, including AAJA’s Executive Leadership Program and Catalyst. Apply here. | Deadline: Rolling
  • 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 and Partner Opportunities

  • NBCU x AAJA Emerging Producers Fellowship | NBCUniversal and AAJA are looking to sponsor two producers to attend the #AAJA22 Convention. We’ll cover your conference fee, flight and hotel stay. You’ll have the opportunity to meet with industry leaders to help develop your skills and navigate the next step of your career. Apply here. | Deadline: June 3
  • LAist Studios at KPCC is producing a slate of podcasts centering on AAPI voices and creators. Pitch them diverse, multifaceted and character-driven stories from our vast community in audio form. | Deadline: June 26

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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