January 5, 2023

As the clock ticks closer to the official plunge time, some people cheer, while others look worryingly into the 46° water at the Seattle Polar Bear Plunge at Matthews Beach on Sunday, Jan. 1, 2023. (Kylie Cooper / The Seattle Times)



From AAJA-HQ: Jumping into 2023 with AAJA

Board Transitions A warm welcome from AAJA-HQ to our board members in new positions this year, President Nicole Dungca, Senior Vice President Frank Bi and Vice President of Civic Engagement Marian Chia-Ming Liu. We wish all the best to Michelle Ye Hee Lee, Julia B. ChanBenjamin Pu and Julia M. Chan, who served as president, vice president of civic engagement, at-large chapter representative and small/medium chapter representative, respectively. Thank you for everything you’ve done for the AAJA Family!

ELP Applications for AAJA’s Executive Leadership Program (ELP) are now open. Our 2023 program will be hybrid, with virtual sessions and in-person components. Learn more and apply by March 1

AAJA Reminders

  • Apply to AAJA and WHCA's joint White House Correspondents' Association Scholarship by Jan. 15. The selected scholar will receive a $2,000 grant, an invitation to the annual White House Correspondents Dinner and the opportunity to be mentored by a WHCA member.
  • Support the next generation of AAPI journalists by serving on this year's scholarships and awards committees. Apply to judge scholarships by Jan. 15 and apply to judge awards by March 15.
  • Calling all Chapter/AG leaders: Save the date for Camp AAJA on Saturday, Feb. 4, 2023 from 7 to 10 p.m. ET / Sunday, Feb. 5 from 8 to 11 a.m. HKT.  RSVP here to attend this virtual leadership summit.

CIC/Anna Chennault Scholarship Applications for the CIC/Anna Chennault scholarship are now open. This scholarship awards $5,000 to a graduate student pursuing journalism as a career. The selected student will also receive travel, lodging and registration to attend AAJA’s 2023 national convention as well as be assigned a mentor for the duration of the convention.

Chapter Elections AAJA-Portland has announced their chapter election results. Stay tuned for more announcements.

Membership System Tips

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🗓 AAJA Events

Contact us to list your event on our events calendar!

Jan. 12 | AAJA-Chicago’s Trivia Bowl | Save the date for AAJA-Chicago’s annual Trivia Bowl fundraiser on Thursday, Jan. 12 at 6:30 p.m. at The Medill School’s downtown campus. | RSVP here.

Jan. 28 | AAJA-Washington, D.C.’s Lunar New Year Potluck | Join AAJA-D.C. for their Lunar New Year potluck on Saturday, Jan. 28 at 5 p.m. | RSVP here.


📓 News & Resources

analysis In a new report, Pew Research Center highlighted Asian immigrants’ experiences navigating language barriers in the U.S. based on focus group interviews conducted in 2021. 

member features

Asian American identity A new online survey by the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace analyzed how Asian Americans self-identify, their social networks and experiences with discrimination. 

AAJA in the media


Visit AAJA Careers or follow @AAJACareers on Twitter to post jobs or internships and stay up-to-date on available positions. Check in with your AAJA chapters for more opportunities. 

For Students:

  • AAJA and WHCA's White House Correspondents' Association Scholarship | Deadline: Jan. 15, 2023. | Apply here.
  • AAJA Scholarships, Internships and Fellowships | Deadlines: Jan. 30, Feb. 28, March 30, April 1 and Oct. 1, 2023. | Apply here
  • AAJA-L.A. and The L.A. Times 2023 Henry Fuhrmann Multiplatform Editing Summer Internship | Deadline: Jan. 10, 2023. | Apply here
  • JCal 2023 | Deadline: Feb. 1, 2023. | Apply here

For Professionals:

External and Partner Opportunities:

  • Poynter’s Leadership Academy for Diversity in Media | This transformative leadership program trains BIPOC journalists working in digital media to thrive professionally and personally. | Deadline: Feb. 17, 2023. | Apply here.

👏 AAJA Kudos to...

  • Kathy Im, whose nomination to the Corporation for Public Broadcasting’s (CPB) board of directors was confirmed by the U.S. Senate. Kathy is the only AAPI board member of the CPB board. The CPB board governs CPB, sets policy, and establishes funding priorities.
  • Celia Wu, who is managing director of Global Press News Services (GPNS). 
  • Janet Wu, who retired from WCVB after almost 40 years. 
  • Ankita Mukhopadhyay, whose Politico app project won Collaboration of the Year at the 2022 Politico awards.
  • Keri Blakinger, who will join The Los Angeles Times as a reporter.

On Our List 🌟 📺 📸 📰 🎧

Follow us on Twitter @aaja for more works on our radar from the AAJA community.

  • “Sincerely, Leaders of Color: How to lead in a Kobayashi Maru scenario” by Paul Cheung, Source
  • “Asian American Ballet Dancers Making A More Inclusive Nutcracker” by Vicky Nguyen, NBC News
  • “Georgia is a perfect example of the growing power of Asian American voters” by Li Zhou, Vox
  • “Oakland’s Next Mayor Highlights Political Rise of Hmong Americans” by Amy Qin, The New York Times
  • “6 simple steps to build an exercise habit” by Kelyn Soong, The Washington Post

Did you produce some great journalism recently, or see good work from others? 
Put work on our radar to feature in our 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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