June 17, 2021

Submitted by AAJA's Photojournalists Affinity Group. A protester stands next to a burning police vehicle in Los Angeles on Saturday, May 30, 2020 during a protest over the death of George Floyd. The photograph was taken by Ringo H.W. Chiu for The Associated Press, whose staff won the 2021 Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News Photography. You can find more of Ringo's work on his Instagram or website.

  • Updates: Register for #AAJA21, meet our Programs Coordinator and summer interns!
  • Upcoming Events & Resources
  • #AAJAKudos & Member Bylines: Congratulations to our 2021 Voices Cohort and the 2021 Pulitzer winners!
  • Opportunities: Announcing the AAJA Digital Skills Reporting Intensive


We commend The New York Times’ decision to drop the hyphen in “Asian American.”
We look forward to more newsrooms following suit. Thanks to the Association for Asian American Studies (AAAS) for their efforts to un-hyphenate “Asian American” in media publications. Read our full statement here.

AAJA’s Strategic Priorities Meeting
On Tuesday, June 8, AAJA shared its strategic plan at a general membership meeting. We're excited to share these priorities and continue to seek feedback from our members.

Register for AAJA Convention 2021!
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." Register here.


AAJA welcomes our new Program and Membership Coordinator and HQ Summer Interns!

Angela Tang (she/her/hersProgram and Membership Coordinator

Angela has organized on behalf of pan-Asian communities to foster civic engagement initiatives and culturally responsive programming in Houston, TX; Boston, MA; and Beijing, China. Angela was a printmaking studio assistant and college museum docent at Williams College, where she majored in Art History and Practice.

Yi-Shen Loo (she/her/hers) | 40th Anniversary Summer Intern

Yi-Shen is a rising senior at UC Berkeley, double majoring in Asian American Studies and Ethnic Studies and minoring in Japanese. She has previously interned for the National Japanese American Historical Society in San Francisco, where she worked on transcribing and archiving oral history interviews. She is passionate about creating spaces to uplift voices in the AAPI community, and in her free time, she loves to bake and go on hikes.

Daniella Ignacio (she/her/hers) | Communications and Engagement Intern

Daniella recently graduated from American University with B.A.s in Journalism and Musical Theatre. At AU, she was the Online Managing Editor for The Eagle. Daniella interned with the National Press Foundation and has bylines in D.C. Theatre Scene and American Theatre Magazine. She is interested in covering artists of color, especially fellow AAPI artists, and working with social media/multimedia. Outside of journalism, Daniella enjoys performing, creative writing, reading and learning new instruments. 

Joseph Malasa (he/him/his) | Programs Intern

Joseph is an aspiring storyteller and community builder for Asian American voices. He will be attending San Francisco State University for his M.A. in Asian American Studies and has previously graduated from the University of Virginia in a double major in Psychology and American Studies. He has worked on two presidential campaigns and one Virginia state campaign, where he captured the essence of mobilizing narratives to enact change.


American University School of Communication journalism graduate programs have developed the careers of high-profile journalists for decades. Award-winning faculty teach from experience earned at the top of their fields. We embed graduate students on The Washington Post investigative team where they work alongside professionals, contributing to in-depth projects that win national awards. Our state-of-the-art studios and equipment give students professional reporting and producing experience as well. 

Connect with us here. Now is the time. SOC is the place.

Urgent 2021 AU SOC Washington Post Fellowship Application update!  The application deadline for this competitive Fall 2021 fellowship for newspaper journalists with 2-5 years of experience has been extended until July 15 but early applications will be considered!  Details about how to apply are here. It is a terrific opportunity and covers tuition while offering a stipend. Course work starts July 26. Apply today!

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🗓 Upcoming Events

June 25 | Pacific Islander Task Force
Pacific Islander Task Force Data Training Join a two-hour training led by Soo Oh, the Data Editor at Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting, that will cover data analysis and reporting. Register for the event here.

June 26 | AAJA-LA
Spring Forward: AAJA-LA Student & Career Mixer. This student and career mixer will be AAJA-LA’s first in-person event in a year, with fellow journalists and AAJA interns who have been placed at local media outlets. Find more information and register here.

June 30 | AAJA-LA
Bystander Intervention to Stop Anti-Asian Harassment with Hollaback! Join AAJA, Advancing Justice-AAJC and Hollaback for a bystander training for AAJA members. Register for the training here.

July 13-29 | AAJA
AAJA Digital Skills Reporting Intensive See our "Opportunities" section for details.

July 30 | AAJA x Media Law Resource Center
Employment Discrimination Law Basics Seminar This workshop for journalists, managers and/or employees, led by Jon Vegosen, will assist you in understanding the fundamentals of employment discrimination law. Save the date.

📓 News About News
AKA, our resources section.

style change The Associated Press announced that the publication will no longer name crime suspects in its coverage of minor crime stories. Read more about their decision here.

report The Committee to Protect Journalists released their first audio feature on the assaults and arrests of journalists covering protests around the United States in the wake of George Floyd’s murder. Listen to the feature here.

ICYMI The Role of Journalism in Black and AAPI Solidarity,” our joint webinar with the National Association of Black Journalists is available to rewatch here.

letter Shirley Hune, former president of the Association for Asian American Studies, wrote a letter on the campaign to unhyphenate “Asian American” in the New York Times. 

initiative The News Leaders Association has announced the pilot of the Transformative Transparency Project, a comprehensive update to the former ASNE Diversity Survey.

training The National Freedom of Information Coalition and Society for Professional Journalists has announced a new training program in partnership for journalists of color, on accessing government information. Learn more here


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


We appreciate Time Magazine for giving us space in the June 7-14 issue to thank our fearless journalists who are always on the frontlines of history. Photo by Henry Fuhrmann. 

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

  • Viral images show people of color as anti-Asian perpetrators. That misses the big picture. by Kimmy Yam, NBC Asian America 
  • 🎧Season 5, Episode 3: Making Movements to Honor Us w/ Helen Zia by Randy Kim, The Banh Mi Chronicles
  • After 20 years, I met my childhood hero: The local news anchor who looked like me by Samantha Kubota, TODAY
  • For Asian Americans Wary of Attacks, Reopening is Not an Option by Jack Healy, The New York Times
  • The Cost of Being an Interchangeable Asian by Brian X. Chen, The New York Times
  • 'A walking briefing book’: How Biden adviser Erika Moritsugu quietly champions AAPI priorities by Courtney Subramanian, USA Today 
  • How I learned to overcome fear - and bring the hurt by Yasmin Tayag, The New York Times
  • Valley Boulevard, L.A.'s Chinese main street, was a ghost town in 2020. Can it bounce back? by Anh Do, Los Angeles Times
  • France is sending a second Statue of Liberty to the U.S. by Xiaofu Xu and Lorraine Poupon, CNN
  • Hot fusion by Vanessa Hua, Hyphen Mag/LA Times A look back—#AAJAKudos to Hyphen Magazine for celebrating its 18th birthday!
  • Baltimore Sun furloughs gave him time to rethink everything, including his job by Kristen Hare, Poynter Featuring Baltimore/D.C. chapter member Sameer Rao

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

  • AAJA Digital Skills Reporting Intensive, July 13-29: A continuation of our Google News Initiative training, this three-week virtual program will teach best practices in in-depth digital reporting to AAJA members and non-members, outside of regular convention programming. Registration TBA.

External Opportunities


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