June 3, 2021

Join AAJA for a general membership meeting on June 8. Register here.

  • Updates: Send us feedback on our strategic plan, congratulations Jessica Xiao!
  • Upcoming Events & Resources
  • #AAJAKudos & Member Bylines: ELP 2021 is underway!
  • Opportunities: Join KSJ@MIT's free webinar series on science journalism
  • Submit Your Photos for AAJA's 40th Anniversary!


Introducing AAJA's Strategic Plan
Join us on Tuesday, June 8, for a general membership meeting where we'll present our strategic plan that will help guide us for the next 40 years. After a yearlong strategic planning process undergone by the National Board, with input from the Advisory Board, our chapter and affinity group leaders, and other AAJA leaders, we are excited and proud to share our strategic priorities. 

You can help us shape our vision as we move forward and help us identify strategies for success. Find the draft of our strategic plan here and submit to us your feedback and input here by June 30.

AAJA celebrates Jessica Xiao, who has been promoted to Director of Communications and Strategic Engagement
We're so proud of Jessica's work uplifting and engaging the #AAJAfamily. She has been an integral part of our team, leading on building out an aggressive communications team, coordinating rapid response, and shepherding in Camp AAJA and other initiatives to keep members connected. We are excited to continue working with her in building the next 40 years of AAJA. #AAJAKudos!

Open Letter From California Journalists On SB 98 | AAJA-LA
AAJA-LA has signed an open letter by California journalists about a state bill originally intended to protect journalists from arrest while covering protests. Read the full statement here.

Save the date for AAJA Convention 2021!
AAJA is excited to announce WarnerMedia is the presenting sponsor of AAJA’s 2021 Annual Convention (#AAJA21). This year’s convention, taking place virtually on August 24-28, 2021, is themed in celebration of our 40th anniversary: “Proudly Looking Back, Boldly Moving Forward."


🗓 Upcoming Events

June 8 | AAJA-HQ
General Membership Meeting: AAJA's Strategic Priorities Register here.

June 9 | AAJA-HQ
The Role of Journalism in Black & AAPI Solidarity Join AAJA and NABJ for a discussion on the power journalism has to refute or amplify the wedge between Black and AAPI communities as we work to strengthen our relationship. View the lineup and register here.

June 6-13 | Featuring an AAJA member
Meera's Kitchen Catch a virtual performance of "Meera's Kitchen," a play written by and starring Beena Raghavendran, the leader of the Yung AAJA affinity group! Inspired by Beena’s life growing up in suburban Cincinnati as a child of Indian immigrants, the one-woman show follows Meera as she learns her family's recipes and deals with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). Purchase tickets here!

Until June 13 | Featuring an AAJA member
Under a Mushroom Cloud: Hiroshima, Nagasaki, and the Atomic Bomb The Japanese American National Museum's (JANM) exhibit commemorating the 75th anniversary of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings includes photographs of atomic bomb survivors taken by AAJA member and PAG co-leader Darrell Miho. Find details here.

Starting June 14 | Featuring an AAJA member
Like a Rolling Stone: The Life & Times of Ben Fong-Torres Check out a virtual screening of longtime AAJA member and leader Suzanne Kai's documentary at the 2021 Tribeca Film Festival. Find more information and purchase here.

June 17 | Knight Science Journalism @ MIT 
Covering Health Care — Covid and Beyond Each event features several leading science journalists who will dive deep into topics including source diversity and development, covering health issues, and handling controversial topics. Find the schedule and register hereSponsored. 

June 28 | AAJA-LA
Join AAJA-LA for an upcoming panel with the cast of the CW's ground-breaking hit show Kung Fu in conversation with The Los Angeles Times' Jen YamatoRegistration TBA.


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

📓 News About News
AKA, our resources section.

style guide 🌈 Happy Pride Month! Check out the Association of LGBTQ Journalists’ stylebook here to ensure fair and accurate coverage when reporting on LGBTQ topics.

member interview AAJA President Michelle Ye Hee Lee discussed diversity in journalism, working with AAJA and how she spends her free time in an interview with Rehana Paul for Overachiever Magazine. Read the interview here.

report The recording of AAJA, the Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy and the Pew Research Center's joint event, "Invisible Ink," is available for rewatch. The event presented highlights from the AAPIP's recently released report to offer a pre-pandemic snapshot of how AAPIs are portrayed in major newspapers and to what extent news media perpetuate the model minority narrative. Find the report here and watch the recording here.

think piece “There’s no such thing as a former journalist” by Roy Peter Clark for Poynter. Read the piece here.

guidance AAJA is heartened by the WHO’s COVID-19 variant naming system that uses the Greek alphabet to avoid bias. In 2020, we released guidance discouraging the use of geographic locations when naming illnesses because it could stigmatize the people living there, and support this decision. Read The Washington Post’s coverage here.

guidance AAJA urges journalists and newsrooms to follow AMEJA's recently released guidance on how to accurately and critically cover issues related to Israel and Palestine. Find the guidance here.

report/resource Stanford University’s Cyber Policy Center released a resource, “How to Responsibly Report on Hacks and Disinformation,” that includes a report, playbook and implementation template. Access all of the materials here.


Submitted by the AAJA Photojournalists Affinity Group (PAG). Attendees view photos of atomic bomb survivors taken by photographer Darrell Miho at the opening of the Under a Mushroom Cloud: Hiroshima, Nagasaki and the Atomic Bomb exhibit at the Japanese American National Museum. Find more information about the exhibit here.

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

  • 📺 The See Us Unite campaign was launched on May 19 during AAPI Heritage Month to highlight moments of undertold AAPI history—Watch here
  • Pacific Islanders have been fighting environmental crises for centuries, if only the world would notice by Rachel Ramirez, Grist 
  • Sen. Mazie Hirono of Hawaii doesn't care if you think she's 'out of control' by Kimmy Yam, NBC News
  • Behind This Photo Is the Story of Two Asian American Folk Heroes by Alice George, Smithsonian Magazine ft. Corky Lee and Yuri Kochiyama

 ✊ On the continued fight against AAPI hate

  • 🎧Putting Recent Violence Against AAPI People in Context
    with Niala Boodhoo, National Association of Broadcasters
  • *About revisiting the story* Revisiting Atlanta: Remembering the victims of the spa shootings by Ben Pu, NBCU Academy
  • Asian American women on community after the Atlanta shooting by Michelle Ye Hee Lee, Washington Post
  • In the wake of spikes in violence, young Asian Americans are inspired to take up the battle for civil rights and eyeing political office by Belle Lin, Insider
  • You Can’t Stan Korean Entertainment Without Also Standing Up Against Anti-Asian Racism by Regina Kim, Elle

🏀 On sports and the outdoors:

  • Ex-Patriot Eugene Chung, looking to be an NFL head coach, says he was told, 'You are not the right minority' by Nicole Yang, The Boston Globe
  • Reflections on a Cover, Jimmy Chin, and Representation by Jeremy Rellosa, Outside Magazine
  • When Asian American Athletes Succeed In Breaking 'Model Minority' Stereotype, Their Mental Health Can Suffer by Allison Torres Burtka, Global Sport Matters 
  • We’re not the good guys: Osaka shows up problems of press conferences by Jonathan Liew, The Guardian

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

  • *Deadline Extended* 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. Find more information and apply here by June 6.
  • AAJA-Seattle is accepting applications for the Northwest Journalists of Color scholarships and the NJC-PNW Guild Conference Scholarship 2021: These scholarships are open to anyone on the path to graduating from or who has graduated from a Washington state high school as well as anyone who is attending a public or private college in Washington state. Find more information and apply here.

External Opportunities

  • Apply for the Society of Environmental Journalists's Fund for Environmental Journalism grant program, free for AAJA members! The SEJ is looking for story proposals on environment-climate-religion connections, and environmental health and justice in the United States. Story projects that reflect diverse and inclusive perspectives and that reach local audiences are particularly encouraged. Find more information and apply here by June 15.

Do you have great memories at AAJA events or of historic moments in journalism? If you have photos or documents that we should consider for our 40th Anniversary Project archives, please let us know what you have at sofiak@aaja.org.

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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