July 1, 2021

Mourners light candles around a sign remembering Yong Yue, one of the victims of the March 2021 Atlanta spa shootings, during the Vigil for Victims of Asian Hate in Union Square, New York City on March 19, 2021. Photo by Kylie Cooper, who was chosen as this year's AAJA/Getty Images Inclusion Scholarship winner. You can find Kylie's work on her website and Instagram.

  • Updates: Last chance to submit feedback on our strategic priorities!
  • Stop by Meredith Corporation's booth during #AAJA21!
  • Upcoming Events & Resources
  • #AAJAKudos & Member Bylines: Congratulations to our 2021 Getty Scholarship winner!
  • Opportunities: Sign up for newsroom opportunities with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution


Register for AAJA Convention 2021!
Early bird convention registration for #AAJA21: Boldly Moving Forward, Proudly Looking Back is open! Register by Saturday, July 31 at 11:59pm PT to lock in early bird rates. 

Deadline Extended: AAJA’s Strategic Priorities Feedback
Our deadline to submit feedback regarding our strategic priorities for 2021-2024 has been extended to July 5 at 8pm ET. Please let us know any input you may have on our direction for the next 40 years in our Google Form here. (You can also view a recording of the meeting here; password: boldlymovingforward)

Statement | AAJA-Asia
AAJA-Asia Echoes FCC’s Concerns on Arrests and Search Involving Apple Daily in Hong Kong Read the full statement here.


Diversity, equity and inclusion are at the heart of Meredith Corporation’s core values. We are proud to participate in initiatives that aim to help the media industry increase representation of diverse groups. It is an honor to be a sponsor of #AAJA21.

Stop by our virtual booth August 24-28 to meet with our team of professionals and hiring managers to learn more about career opportunities and our organization.

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🗓 Upcoming Events

July 1 | AAJA-Chicago x Chicago NLGJA
Summer Picnic Join AAJA-Chicago and Chicago NLGJA for their first in-person gathering in over a year, a summer gathering in Chinatown's Ping Tom Park. RSVP here.

July 7 | AAJA-LA
Creative Writing and Journalism Join AAJA-LA for an interactive panel discussion and workshop about the intersection between poetry and journalism. Panelists will share how their work in both fields informs the other. RSVP here.

July 13-29 | AAJA
AAJA Digital Skills Reporting Intensive [powered by Google News Initiative] See the "Opportunities" section for more information.

July 20 | 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.

July 28 | AAJA x LinkedIn
LinkedIn for Journalists This session, co-hosted by Aneesh Raman, former CNN war correspondent and President Obama speechwriter, and Jaren Anderson, who leads the LinkedIn for Journalists program, will bring the latest guidance, best practices, and updates on how to get the most out of LinkedIn as a reporter or editor. Zoom link here.

August 17 | AAJA x Media Law Resource Center
Legal Training for Journalists This program will go over legal topics including copyright, libel and Invasion of privacy often encountered by journalists. It is free to all AAJA members, and no registration is necessary. Zoom link here.


Protesters run across the Benjamin Franklin Parkway to escape tear gas Philadelphia police fired into the crowd during a protest for George Floyd on June 1, 2020. Photo by Kylie Cooper, who was chosen as this year's AAJA/Getty Images Inclusion Scholarship winner. You can find Kylie's work on her website and Instagram.

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

* - The following scholarship recipients were misattributed or misspelled in our last newsletter. We apologize for the errors.

📓 News About News
AKA, our resources section.

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.

guidance NAJA released Indigenous Media Guides for reporting on First Nations, Inuit & Métis communities. You can find the three guides here.

event Podthon, hosted by Asian American Podcasters and WOC Podcasters, is being held from July 17-18. Find information here.

ICYMI Our panel with Wikimedia Foundation, “Taking back the narrative: Changing how Asian Americans are represented in the news, on Wikipedia, and beyond,” is available to rewatch now. Check it out here.

opportunity For AAJA-Chicago members: Need feedback on a resume, cover letter, or reel? Email us!

ICYMI From AAJA-LA: Their panel with the cast of The CW’s “Kung Fu” and the LA Times’ Jen Yamato was on June 29. Watch the recording here.

food for thought "What we should learn from this year is to give ourselves and others space to heal in our own ways" Anna North writes in "Lockdown was not a sabbatical" for Vox.


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

  • Column: A letter to my parents about depression and mental illness by Frank Shyong, Los Angeles Times
  • Atlanta-area shooting victims’ families share tributes 100 days after tragedy by Sakshi Venkatrama, NBC News
  • Lessons on Asian & Black solidarity in the Bay Area, 39 years after Vincent Chin's murder by Cecilia Lei, San Francisco Chronicle
  • Hawaii residents disappointed over decision to drop KIKU-TV’s popular Japanese and Filipino shows by Jayna Omaye, Star Advertiser
  • Stories of survival keep hope alive as rescuers race clock by Bobby Caina Calvan, AP News
  • ‘Passing the Mic’: An AlumKnight’s journey to inclusive storytelling in the Pacific, featuring Thomas Mangloña III of AAJA Pacific Islander Task Force, Marianas Variety News & Views
  • 13 Amazing Asian American-owned Hotels in the U.S. by Rachel Chang, Travel and Leisure

📺 To watch

  • Remember the Flowers: Atlanta Shootings 100 Days Later by Richard Lui, produced by Ben Pu and Alex Lo, NBC News
  • Hong Kong targets pro-democracy paper by Ramy Inocencio, CBS News

🎧 To listen 

  • What Vincent Chin’s death taught us by Cecilia Lei, Fifth & Mission/San Francisco Chronicle
  • Ep. 55 | Being an Asian American journalist during this last tumultuous year in the U.S. by JJ Green and guest host Ellen Nakashima, Colors: A Dialogue on Race in America/WTOP
  • 'I'm So Tired of Being Scared': Two Asian American Women Explain Why They Bought a Gun This Year by Christine Nguyen for KQED

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 [powered by Google News Initiative], July 13-29: This three-week training intensive will be held over Zoom from July 13 to July 29. Utilizing Google products and tools, the training intensive will teach best practices in in-depth digital and data reporting to AAJA members and non-members, outside of regular convention programming. Registration is now open, but spots are limited.
  • Open News can cover your #AAJA21 registration fee! Their Scholarships+ program offers $250 and $500 stipends for journalists who work in data, code or social justice (or all three). Apply by June 29.

External Opportunities


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.

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