April 22, 2021

Lola Pilar Galang, one of the last living

Submitted by the AAJA Photojournalists Affinity Group (PAG). Photo by Cheryl Diaz Meyer, winner of the Pulitzer Prize in 2004 for breaking news photography, who recently won the Overseas Press Club of America’s annual award for feature photography. Her winning photo project, "Comfort Women," is a story about Filipina sexual enslaved survivors of World War II.

  • Updates Statements, Muslim American Task Force, Welcome new AAJA staffer Sofia Koyama
  • National Critics Institute Applications Open
  • Upcoming Events & Resources
  • #AAJAKudos & Member Bylines
  • Opportunities Apply for the Executive Leadership Program, Intern with AAJA

AAJA-HQ Updates

Statement | April 22
AAJA MediaWatch urges Vice Media Group and other outlets to be vigilant about AAPI misrepresentation 
fter an editorial lapse by Vice Media, our MediaWatch Committee urges Vice Media Group and other media outlets to be vigilant about their representation of Asians and Asian American and Pacific Islander communities. Read the full statement here.

Statement | April 20
AAJA Joins Minnesota Chapter and SPJ-Minnesota in Denouncing Targeting and Detention of Journalists Doing Their Jobs We also condemn the racist treatment of CNN producer Carolyn Sung, which was described in a letter to Governor Tim Walz from more than two dozen media outlets and advocacy organizations. According to the letter, during the course of her wrongful arrest and detention, and as she repeatedly identified herself as a member of the press, the trooper who was detaining her yelled, “Do you speak English?” Read the full statement here.

Statement | April 20
AAJA-LA joins call for an end to detainment and arrests of journalists 
As protests against police brutality have surged, AAJA-LA joined NAHJ-LA, NABJ-LA, SPJ-LA, the LA Press Club, and the Los Angeles Times Guild in issuing a demand letter to Los Angeles and Southern California law enforcement agencies to end attacks on the press by police. Read the full statement here.

Statement | April 16
SAJA-AAJA Media Advisory on Coverage of Indianapolis Fedex Facility Shooting The South Asian Journalists Association and AAJA are saddened by the shooting at a FedEx facility in Indianapolis that left at least eight dead, many of them reported to have been Sikh. There is a history of violence against the Sikh community in the United States that stems in part from a lack of education and cultural awareness. Read the full statement and our style and context guidelines here.

Statement | April 15
Joint Statement on Freedom of the Press Covering Protests in Minnesota We are concerned about reports Tuesday that the Minnesota state police threatened to arrest journalists covering the protests if they did not leave. As journalism organizations, we stand together to defend reporters on the streets who are covering the news as the eyes and ears of the people. Read the full statement here.

Welcome Sofia Koyama, Digital Engagement Coordinator

After her time as a fellow with AAJA, Sofia is joining our communications team to continue her work in digital engagement and communications. She is a recent graduate of Boston University, where she studied journalism and proudly worked at its student publication The Daily Free Press.

Sofia nerds out over innovative and visual-driven journalism, like interactives or photo stories. She's a creative human and enjoys film photography, drawing and creating graphics for AAJA! Talk to her about BTS or books. She's very excited to continue supporting the work of AAPI journalists.

Seeking #AAJAFamily Input on the Muslim American Task Force

AAJA seeks your input as we revamp the Muslim American Task Force In 2017, AAJA and a group of dedicated members formed the Muslim American Task Force (MATF) to address and combat the Islamophobia fueled by President Trump's policies and rhetoric; four years later, Islamophobia is still an issue that affects Muslim journalists, and AAJA is still committed to supporting our Muslim community. Whether the suggestion is to revamp MATF or consider other possibilities, please help us reflect on how we can best support and serve our Muslim journalists and communities in general. 

Please fill out this survey by June 1, 2021, to help us revamp the MATF. Anyone can take the survey, not just Muslims and not just AAJA members. Feel free to pass this survey on to anyone who would be interested in this initiative.


The National Critics Institute hosted by the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center is now accepting applications for its 2021 virtual program with a deadline of April 29. NCI is a one-week intensive training institute for mid-to early-career arts journalists and critics led by Chris Jones, critic and columnist at the Chicago Tribune. NCI is the leading program of its kind in arts criticism, offering workshops in reviewing theater, film, dance, and food with guest faculty at the top of their fields. The online intensive takes place in early July and is fully funded at no cost to fellows. Visit the NCI homepage for more details and to apply, and contact Naveen Kumar with any questions. Sponsored content.


🗓 Upcoming AAJA Events

April 23 | AAJA-Hawai'i
How Hawaii's Media Reported in the Year of the Pandemic Panelists will discuss the ways their jobs changed, the challenges they encountered while reporting during the pandemic, what it’s been like to interact with public officials, the lessons they’ve learned and how their jobs will continue to change as we gradually return to pre-pandemic workflows. Register here.

April 29 | Featuring AAJA's Executive Director Naomi Tacuyan Underwood 
Between the Data: The Unseen Stories of Asian Americans Join the Pew Research Center and a panel of distinguished experts, including AAJA's own executive director, for a look at recent research on Asian Americans as they explore how to close those data gaps and how better data can serve policymakers, the press, and advocates. Register for the event here.

Until May 1 | AAJA-New York
Dumplings for Therapy In celebration of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, AAJA-NY has partnered with Nom Wah to deliver freezer-ready soup dumplings to help raise money for AAJA's new Mental Wellness Initiative. Place your dumpling orders by May 1, so that AAJA-NY members and volunteers can traverse the city and hand-deliver them to you. Find more information and order here. Or, sign up to help volunteer here.

May 4 | AAJA x Reveal
Reveal’s Reporting Network Info Session Calling all journalists who want to tell high-impact, high-interest, unique stories that others in your community may be missing! Reveal is teaming up with AAJA to bring our members into its Reporting Networks. The Networks share Reveal’s findings and expertise from major investigations with local journalists, so you can localize those national investigations. Register here by May 3.

📓 Resources

American Journalists On 'Stop AAPI Hate' & Their Newsroom Experiences Hosted by the Sacramento Press Club along with AAJA-Sacramento, this panel explored the intersection of journalism and conversations about how to end this violence and support AAPI communities. Watch the recording of the talk here.

Resources AAPI student journalists can use while covering recent rise of attacks against Asian Americans Compiled by Kelly Nguyen at the Daily Cal, this compiled list of resources is aimed at assisting AAPI student journalists as they report on the attacks directed at the AAPI community. Read it here.

One-third of Asian Americans fear threats, physical attacks and most say violence against them is rising Following the Atlanta shootings, in which eight people were killed, six of whom were Asian women, the Pew Research Center's Fact Check conducted a study of Asian adults in the U.S. on their experiences with anti-Asian violence and sentiment. Nearly half reported experiencing at least one of five different types of discrimination. Find the full study here.

Facing “unprecedented demand,” The Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma expands (and adapts) its offerings The Nieman Lab looked at the ongoing toll the pandemic has had on journalists and the way newsrooms are responding. Read the piece here.


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

  • The Dow Jones News Fund Class of 2021, including: Janat Kaur Batra (tweet to left), Jennifer Zhan, Slone Terranella, Sabrina Pascua, Jing Feng, Brittney Forbes, Melissa Fronczek, Jennifer Kwon, Duy NguyenLydia You, Anita Ramaswamy, Krystal Hur, Nicole Dolan
Four Filipino women, Lolas Remedios Tecson, Estela Adriatico, Narcisa Claveria, Felicidad delos Reyes and Estelita Dy, sit in chairs beside each other in front of a wall covered in photographs of the faces of other survivors. Photo taken on April 28, 2019 by Cheryl Diaz Meyer.

Submitted by the AAJA Photojournalists Affinity Group (PAG). Photo by Cheryl Diaz Meyer, winner of the Pulitzer Prize in 2004 for breaking news photography, who recently won the Overseas Press Club of America’s annual award for feature photography. Her winning photo project, "Comfort Women," is a story about Filipina sexual enslaved survivors of World War II.

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

  • White supremacy is the root of all race-related violence in the US by Jennifer Ho, the Conversation
  • One of the bloodiest anti-Asian massacres in U.S. history, now a podcast by Marian Liu, the Washington Post
  • The spectacle of anti-Asian violence on Instagram by Terry Nguyen, Vox 
  • For Atlanta spa victim Suncha Kim, America was always where she felt she belonged by Michelle Ye Hee Lee, the Washington Post
  • Asian-American Entrepreneurs Facing Hate – “Break the silence.” An interview with Jeanie Chang by Amine Rahal, Thrive Global
  •  Asian Americans in Media: "You Can’t Extricate the Humanity of Yourself From the Journalist" by Rebecca Sun, the Hollywood Reporter
  • 'It Just Stays With You': The Corrosive Health Effects Of Decades Of Anti-Asian Violence by Angus Chen, WBUR
  • A Gathering of Radical - Love Jutharat Pinyodoonyachet Documents Protect Asian Lives, a tender space for queer Asians, by queer Asians by Andrew Nguyen with photography direction by Liane Radel, The Cut
  • Why Tammy Duckworth issued her ultimatum over AAPI cabinet representation: 'I needed to take action' by Emma Hinchliffe, Fortune
  • The Asian woman’s body and its connection to the Atlanta shootings by Shawna Chen, the Yappie


AAJA Opportunities
Visit AAJA Careers or follow @AAJACareers on Twitter to stay up-to-date on our career, internship, and other opportunities.

  • AAJA’s Executive Leadership Program 2021: ELP is a transformative experience, carefully cultivated to grow mid-career journalists as news leaders, managers and executives who can thrive in uncertain times and build a sustainable future for journalism.This year, ELP is returning with an international cohort and completely virtual program spread out over three months. Deadline: April 30. Apply here.
  • Intern this summer with AAJA-HQ: This internship offers a foray into a nonprofit space that aims to uplift and contribute to journalism while providing hands-on experience supporting online events and work on project management. The position is from May to mid-September, but offers some flexibility and potential to continue into the fall.  Deadline: April 30. Apply here.
  • Getty Images Inclusion Scholarship: AAJA and Getty Images are pleased to announce the return of the AAJA/Getty Images Inclusion Scholarship to award a $10,000 scholarship to a student focused on photojournalism. Deadline: May 20. Apply here.


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