September 9, 2021

The #AAJA21 mosaic, made up of all the photos taken in our virtual photo booth. Thank you, #AAJAFamily, for a successful convention!

  • Updates: AAJA issues newsroom guidance ahead of the anniversary of 9/11
  • Upcoming Events & Resources
  • #AAJAKudos & Member Bylines
  • Opportunities: Submit photos to help us document 40 years of AAJA


Thank you all for a wonderful #AAJA21!
After a short break, the AAJA-HQ office is back and we’re filled with gratitude for all the community and learning that came out of this year's convention. A few post-convention reminders:

  • Watch session recordings under "Recorded Sessions" in "Swag Bag & Portfolios" on Cadence. Your access to #AAJA21 through Cadence is available through the next six months.
  • Share your thoughts on this year’s convention through the #AAJA21 Feedback Survey through Monday, September 13.
  • Check out the work of our 2021 VOICES cohort, which they presented during convention.
  • Check out the 40th Anniversary Project x JCamp 2021 Collab — read their interviews of AAJA leaders here.

National Officer Election Results
Yesterday, AAJA announced the winners of our National Officers Election for 2022-2023.

  • Senior Vice President: Nicole Dungca
  • Vice President of Journalism Programs: Kris Vera-Phillips
  • Vice President of Communications: Shirley Qiu

Newsroom Guidance on 9/11 and Other Statements

  • AAJA joined with the South Asian Journalists Association, Arab and Middle Eastern Journalists Association and National Association of Black Journalists to issue guidance for all newsrooms as they prepare to cover the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. Read the guidance here.
  • ICYMI: AAJA-Asia and the Seoul subchapter released a statement regarding the amendments to Korea’s Press Arbitration Act. Read it here.
  • ICYMI: AAJA's Sports Task Force released a statement in response to Bally Sports’ Jack Morris’ remarks on Shohei Ohtani of the Los Angeles Angels. Read it here.

📓 News About News
AKA, our resources section.

resource/toolkit The Asian American Foundation released their Anti-Hate Initiative, which includes a Rapid Response Toolkit and steps to raise awareness. AAJA is proud to have worked with TAAF to provide recommendations and resources during the formation of this initiative, alongside many other AAPI community advocates. Learn more here.

VOICES highlight “I didn’t feel wanted by student media”: Few Black and Latinx students are editors of top college newspapers — The work of our VOICES cohort was published in NiemanLab. Read it here.

report The New York Times analyzed the complexity and nuances of the Asian American population in geography, income, citizenship status and political affiliation. Read the report, "Inside the Diverse and Growing Asian Population in the U.S.," here.

report The Urban Institute released a report, "Advancing Equity for AAPI Communities,” that details key challenges and recommendations from a landscape study of organizations working toward AAPI belonging, safety and equity, and includes research by #AAJA21 speaker and professor Janelle S. Wong. Read the report here.

member interview Emma Carew Grovum is featured in Taylor Blatchford’s Poynter newsletter “The Lead,” where she was interviewed about building mentorship relationships. Read the interview here.

diversity survey USA TODAY editor-in-chief Nicole Carroll's takeaways from the newsroom's 2021 diversity and inclusion data for The Backstory. Read the piece here.

opinion piece The Daily Pennsylvanian’s first Black editor-in-chief Hadriana Lowenkron writes about racism in media for WHYY. Read it here.


🗓 Upcoming Events

September 19 | AAJA HQ
The Space: The Trauma of 9/11 Now, Then, and In Between As the country marks 20 years since the attacks of September 11th, AAJA is creating a space to process, discuss and learn about the trauma of the attacks. Join us as we discuss these traumas and healthy ways to manage them to protect and improve your mental health. Register here.

October 15 | AAJA-Los Angeles
Annual Trivia Bowl More details to come; save the date!

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


Lori Matsukawa in an interview for with NHK World-Japan, discussing the anti-Asian racism she experienced throughout her career and the ways she used her voice to speak against it.

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

  • 'Dad's missing.' Two words that shape my 9/11 memories as I watched the towers burn by David Ng, The Providence Journal
  • Struggling to get out of Afghanistan: Military interpreter tear gassed, beaten by Kate Cimini, USA Today
  • Encounter with the Taliban: Punched, detained — then offered an energy drink by Marcus Yam, Los Angeles Times
  • GOP confronts big trouble in Little Saigon by Catherine Kim, POLITICO 
  • Overcoming anti-Asian hate: Can the US learn from its past? by Curtis S. Chin, The Christian Science Monitor
  • The Tokyo Olympics, In Retrospect by Yifan Wu, Chinese Storytellers
  • Hospital-level care at home? Mayo Clinic offers new model for patients, broadcast report by Vicky Nguyen and David Paredes, TODAY

📺 On entertainment:

  • How a Continuous Misrepresentation of Hawai‘i in Films Has Burdened Locals by Kanani Sato, Hawaii International Film Festival
  • The K-Drama Renaissance: How South Korean entertainment took over your TV by Regina Kim, Elle
  • How a scrappy YouTube channel grew into a hub for Asian and Asian American talent by Jennifer Zhan, Datebook/San Francisco Chronicle
  • The Complicated Relationship Between Hollywood, Asian Representation, and Marvel’s 'Shang-Chi' by Eda Yu, Vice

🎧 To watch/listen:

  • Raising a Courageous Voice: Lori Matsukawa / Seattle Broadcast Journalist, featuring Lori Matsukawa, NHK World-Japan/Direct Talk
  • Inspiring America: From Vietnam to Afghanistan, by Vicky Nguyen and Joseph Azam, featuring Minh-Thu Pham, NBC Nightly News
  • 'Seeing Ghosts' Across Generations by Shereen Marisol Meraji, featuring Kat Chow, NPR Code Switch — #AAJAKudos to Kat on the release of her memoir!

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!

External Opportunities

  • The Sports Journalism Institute is accepting applications for its 30th class in summer 2022. The program helps women and minority journalists find opportunities. AAJA Sports Task Force alumni of the program include Ohm Youngmisuk, Kyle Goon, Alysha Tsuji, Diamond Leung, Josh Tolentino and Andy Yamashita.

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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