May 6, 2021

Happy Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, #AAJAFamily!
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  • Updates Submit #AAJA21 Convention pitches, our new Mental Wellness Initiative
  • Apply for the Facebook Journalism Project
  • Upcoming #AAPIHM Events & Resources
  • #AAJAKudos & Member Bylines
  • John S. Knight Community Fellowships taking applications
  • Opportunities Apply for the Getty Scholarship, AAJA Wiki Scholars

AAJA-HQ Updates

AAJA Expands Mental Wellness Offerings to Our Membership with Support from Panda Express On the start of AAPI Heritage Month and Mental Health Awareness Month, the Asian American Journalists Association is proud to announce the expansion of our mental wellness offerings to our membership with support from Panda Express and others. Learn more here.

Send us your pitches for #AAJA21 Virtual Convention: August 24-28, 2021. Continue to send us your ideas for speakers, panels, and topics for this year's convention. We're accepting pitches through June 1. And YES -- save the date, August 24-28, for our virtual gathering. More details and registration will be announced at the end of May. 

AAJA seeks your input as we revamp the Muslim American Task Force, which was formed in 2017 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.


The Facebook Journalism Project has announced a new opportunity for U.S. writers creating public interest journalism in their communities. They are committing $5 million to support local journalists interested in starting or continuing their work on their new platform for independent writers. Applications are now open for those looking to gain access to this new platform and the services they are offering to help applicants build an independent business.

Selected applicants will receive further consideration for an opportunity to enter into a deal with Facebook that may include a multi-year licensing fee, and access to monetization tools and experts, information and services. Eligible applicants must be independent writers, live in the United States and cover public interest local news in a defined local community.  

Learn more about the opportunity and apply here. Applications close on May 20, 2021 at 11:59 pm ET. Subject to Terms and Conditions. Sponsored content.


🗓 Upcoming AAJA Events During AAPIHM

You can find our entire list of upcoming events on our website. It will continue to be updated throughout the month.

Weekdays throughout May | AAJA Young Professionals Network
Yung AAJA Office Hours, a series of conversations with journalists and change-makers to help navigate work and life as an early-career journalist. These conversations will take place fully in the #affinity-yung-aaja channel in AAJA Slack.

A Conversation With Salman Rushdie Celebrated author Salman Rushdie will be speaking about diversity, free speech and the impact of his works in the world of literature. Register here.

May 7 | AAJA-Los Angeles
An Ode to Our Mothers: Passing on Culinary Traditions Come join us for an unforgettable night of culinary storytelling featuring AAJA-LA members and friends who will be sharing recipes and dishes alongside their mothers. Register here.

May 8 | AAJA-New York
Dumplings for Therapy Delivery Day AAJA-NY partnered with Nom Wah to take orders of freezer-ready soup dumplings to help raise money for AAJA's new Mental Wellness Initiative. Members and volunteers will be traversing the city to deliver orders. Sign up to help volunteer here.

May 10 | AAJA-HQ & RCFP
Your Rights When Covering Protests ft. Reporters Committee for the Freedom of the Press Over the last year, many have you been harassed, even arrested just for doing your job—covering protests and demonstrations. In this seminar, attorneys from RCFP will discuss legal issues to consider when covering protests and other mass demonstrations. Register here.

May 13 | AAJA-HQ & The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
At the Crossroads: COVID-19, Racism, and Disinformation Join us for a program that will shed light on this convergence by examining the impact disinformation has had on Asian American communities, and more. Register here.

May 13 | AAJA-Chicago
Pitch Perfect: Making it as a Freelancer Join AAJA Chicago for a lively conversation on the state of the media industry, the art and science of pitching, and managing your time and money. This free panel will be moderated by Taylor Moore, and features Ines Bellina, Britt Julious, and Kiran MisraRegister here.

May 14 | AAJA & NC Local News Workshop at Elon University
How can NC media build better coverage and connections for AAPI communities and journalists? Anita Rao of WUNC will moderate a panel of North Carolina journalists, including AAJA's own director of programs and partnerships Waliya Lari, to discuss. Register here.

May 16 | AAJA-HQ
Embrace Cultural Confidence: Resilience Join us for the last session in our mental health workshop series led by therapist / former journalist Jeanie Chang. Register here. (Note: this event has been rescheduled from May 15)

May 20 | News Leaders Association
Transformative Transparency Exchange: Support for AAPI Journalists This is NLA's monthly series bringing transparency to issues that take underrepresented people out of the industry. Panelists include Nicole Dungca, Jin Ding, and Paul Cheung. Register here.


The John S. Knight Journalism Fellowships at Stanford once again expands its support of local journalism by offering a remote program. Applications for their Community Impact Fellowships are now open, and the deadline to apply is May 27. Like this year’s inaugural JSK Community Impact Fellows, the 2021-22 fellows will focus on practical solutions to address the U.S. journalism industry’s long-standing neglect of communities of color — a failure exacerbated by the coronavirus pandemic.

Each JSK fellow will work to address information needs in their local community while also participating virtually in weekly cohort meetings. Through individual coaching, tailored workshops and peer-to-peer learning, the JSK Fellowships helps fellows identify the tools and mindsets needed to effectively lead and navigate change in times of uncertainty.  

The 2021-22 program begins September 7 and ends June 3. Learn more and apply hereSponsored content.


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


📓 News About News
aka our resources section

Press freedom has deteriorated in the face of a global pandemic, journalists share on World Press Freedom Day. International Consortium of Investigative Journalists Read more about it here.

New report from the Reflective Democracy Campaign indicates that the AAPI community, America’s fastest-growing demographic, has lowest level of political representation. Read the report here

See this thread celebrating Pasifika women in the media by Thomas Mangloña II, co-director of AAJA's Pacific Islander Task Force.

Report for America announced its 2021 corps of over 300 journalists to be placed in local newsrooms throughout the country. Journalists of color make up 45%, nearly half, of its cohort, which is "more than double the percentage found in the majority of America’s newsrooms." Read RFA's press release by Sam Kille on its website.

A case for solidarity reporting and how it can help public safety in marginalized communities was made in The Objective: "With solidarity news values, ongoing social issues – not just novel or surprising individual events — become newsworthy," Anita Varma writes. Read the issue here.

Spotlight: Mariecar Mendoza is the S.F. Chronicle’s senior arts and entertainment editor. Here’s how AAJA helped get her there. Read this member spotlight from AAJA-SF Bay Area.

The Nieman Lab did a profile on Vox's editor-in-chief Swati Sharma, who took over for Ezra Klein in March 2021. She was previously the managing editor of The Atlantic and now becomes the second woman of color in Vox's history in this role. Read the piece here.

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). Hundreds of people celebrate following the guilty verdict in the trial of Dereck Chauvin on April 20, in what is now known as George Floyd Square in Minneapolis. Photo by Richard Tsong-Taatarii, staff photographer at the Star Tribune. He was previously a World Press Photo winner and the NPPA Best of Photojournalism Photographer of the Year in 2018. You can find more of his work on his Instagram or website.

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

  • When communities try to hold police accountable, law enforcement fights back by Nicole Dungca and Jenn Abelson, The Washington Post
  • COVID's Outsized Impact on Asian Americans Is Being Ignored by Amy Yee, The Scientific American
  • If you’ve ever felt like The Only, The Collective wants you to know you’re not alone by Doris Truong, Poynter
  • Lucy Liu: My success has helped move the needle. But it’ll take more to end 200 years of Asian stereotypes by Lucy Liu, The Washington Post
  • New report finds 169 percent surge in anti-Asian hate crimes during the first quarter by Kimmy Yam, NBC News
  • ‘Living in two realities’: Indian diaspora reckons with crisis abroad by Fenit Nirappil and Ambreen Ali, The Washington Post
  • Older Korean-Americans in LA fearful amid anti-Asian attack by Jae C. Hong, The Associated Press
  • The inadequacy of the term “Asian American” by Li Zhou, Vox
  • Indian Americans Don’t Know What to Feel Right Now by Prachi Gupta, The Atlantic
  • In praise of journalists of color, 40 years later by Edward Iwata, The Rafu Shimpo 

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

  • 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.
  • AAJA Wiki Scholars Course: AAJA is partnering with Wiki Education to run a 6-week course for its members to learn how to add high-quality biographies of Asian American and Pacific Islander journalists to Wikipedia. With support from the Wikimedia Foundation as part of its campaign to amplify and address gaps in AAPI history, 20 AAJA members will participate in an in-depth, structured training on how to create and/or update existing biographies of AAPI journalists. Deadline: May 28. Find more information and apply here.

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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