September 23, 2021
Submitted by the AAJA Photojournalists Affinity Group. The Wong Tai Sin Temple in Hong Kong. Photo by Katherine Cheng, shared in celebration of the Mid-Autumn Festival. Find more of Katherine's work at her Instagram or website.
- Updates: Recipients of our Facebook Journalism Project Scholarship
- Upcoming Events & Resources: Happy Mid-Autumn Festival!
- #AAJAKudos & Member Bylines
- Opportunities: Last chance to fill out PEN America's survey!
Digital Skills Reporting Intensive Update
All spots in our Digital Skills Reporting Intensive, led by Frank Bi, are now filled. For those who registered, emails have been sent out to confirm your spot. Sponsored by the Google News Initiative, the program from October 12-28 will provide a foundation of battle-tested skills, tips and tricks for reporting digitally. We will continue to offer these sessions in the future, so if you missed this opportunity, keep your eye out for those to come!
Facebook Journalism Project Scholarship Recipients
Concluding the 2021 scholarship season, we are proud to announce the winners and finalists of the Facebook Journalism Project Scholarship! Congratulations to all! Read more about them and all of this year’s scholarship recipients here.
- Winners: Adrienne Marielle Argueza, Isabella Bloom, In Jeong Kim, Dominique Mosbergen and Erin Salam.
- Finalists: Farooq Ali Baloch, Anya Kaushal, Nhi Mundy, Ilena Peng, Kaidi Yuan and Victoria Zhuang.
📓 News About News
AKA, our resources section.
historical resource The 1989 version of the AAJA handbook, “Asian Pacific Americans: A Handbook on How to Cover and Portray Our Nation’s Fastest Growing Minority Group” by Bill Sing, is available to view on the public AAJA drive.
perspectives AAJA Wiki Scholars shared their experiences on Wiki Edu’s blog including: Pamela Ng, who was surprised by the lack of AAPI journalist entries, and Heather J. Sharkey, who reflected on what she learned during the course.
exit interview Nausheen Husain discusses leaving the journalism industry with Source as she pivots to teaching at Syracuse University. Read it here.
resource Journalism schools often don’t teach audience engagement skills. Here’s how students can make up for it by Kami Rieck, for Poynter.
event The Asian American Unity Coalition's 2021 National Civic Leadership Forum is taking place September 24-25, featuring panels of Asian American leaders such as AAJA's Jin Ding. Register here.
🗓 Upcoming Events
Happy Mid-Autumn Festival and Chuseok! 🥮 🎑
October 6 | AAJA-LA
AAJA-LA and NABJ-LA present: Diversity in Newsroom Leadership This virtual discussion about diversity and journalism will be led by two of Southern California's most prominent newsroom leaders of color: Pam Chen, KABC7 vice president and news director, and Kevin Merida, Los Angeles Times executive editor; and moderated by Frank Buckley, KTLA-TV news anchor and Erika D. Smith, Los Angeles Times columnist. Register here.
October 15 | AAJA-Los Angeles
Annual Trivia Bowl There’s still time to enter your team for the Los Angeles chapter's all-virtual Trivia Bowl. New York, Sacramento, Seattle and Yung AAJA have already signed up—the LA chapter would love to see more folks from AAJA join! Find out more here.
October 25 | AAJA HQ
Red Ventures Networking Session Join AAJA for networking opportunities with partner Red Ventures! Registration and more details to come. Save the date.
👏 #AAJAKudos to...
Celebrate your achievements with us—tag @aaja on Twitter or let us know on Slack.
- Bill Church, who will be the new executive editor of The News & Observer and The Herald-Sun.
- Lisa Lee Herrick, who was the first Hmong writer to be named a finalist for the Restless Books Prize for Immigrant Writing for “Endanger Animals.”
- Chenue Her, who is joining Good Morning Iowa as an anchor beginning October 4.
- Sara K. Goo, who began her new position as editor-in-chief of Axios.
- Marian Liu, who was named one of TaiwaneseAmerican.org’s 100 Passionate People.
- Bourree Lam, who became the deputy coverage chief of The Wall Street Journal’s new Life & Work coverage area.
- Farnoush Amiri, who joined the AP's news bureau in D.C. covering Congress.
- Rahul Bali, who joined WABE Radio as a politics reporter.
- AAJA ELP 2021 graduate Allie Yang, who is the new travel editor at National Geographic.
- Seung Min Kim, who received the Distinguished Graduate Award from the University of Iowa.
- Yewande Komolafe, Genevieve Ko and Eric Kim, who are The New York Times' new cooking columnists.
- Ursula Liang and Cristina Ibarra, who are the 2021 recipients of the Frontline/Firelight Investigative Journalism Fellowship.
- AAJA ELP graduate Shawn Chitnis, who will join KPIX 5 beginning next month.
- Varoon Bose, who is a Hashtag Sports #CreatorsofColor honoree.
- George Toshio Johnston, who is a Southern California Journalism Awards finalist in the investigative category for his piece, "Finding Frank Fujino" for Pacific Citizen.
Sharon Chan, the #AAJA21 Karaoke Night champion, poses with the George Kiriyama trophy. Photo credit: Sharon Chan on Facebook.
On Our List 📺📸📰🎧
Follow us on Twitter @aaja for more works on our radar from the AAJA community.
- From the Editor: I’m taking a break, and here’s why by Claire Hao, Michigan Daily
- Yes, the media is suffering from ‘missing white woman syndrome’ by Ja’han Jones, MSNBC
- Death by a Thousand Words: COVID-19 and the Pandemic of Ableist Media by Imani Barbarin, Refinery29
- What’s happening inside North Korea? Since the pandemic, the window has slammed shut by Michelle Ye Hee Lee, The Washington Post
- In Justin Chon’s ‘Blue Bayou,’ one man’s fictional immigration saga raises real-world political awareness by Hannah Bae, San Francisco Chronicle Datebook
- Its relevance at stake, UN reaches toward a new generation by Sally Ho, The Associated Press
- World Trade Center architect Minoru Yamasaki faced discrimination, criticism and controversy, but his work elevated design — and the Seattle skyline by Bill Reader, The Seattle Times
- Mayor Rick Blangiardi’s homelessness strategy for Honolulu falls flat by Ashley Mizuo, Honolulu Star Advertiser
🎧 To watch/listen:
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!
- Applications now open for the Sports Journalism Institute's 30th class: The SJI's program helps women and minority journalists find opportunities in sports journalism. AAJA Sports Task Force alumni includes Ohm Youngmisuk, Kyle Goon, Alysha Tsuji, Diamond Leung, Josh Tolentino and Andy Yamashita. Apply here.
- 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.
- AAJA members can register at the National Association of Science Writers member rate for the ScienceWriters2021 annual convention, which begins September 28. Register here until September 30.
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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