February 2, 2023

People participate in a community candlelight vigil at the Star Ballroom Dance Studio in Monterey Park, California, on Wednesday, Jan. 25. Robert Hanashiro / USA TODAY 



From AAJA-HQ: Celebrating family and community, and persevering

Guidance AAJA is devastated by the recent mass shootings in Monterey Park and Half Moon Bay, California. We have issued a guidance on covering violence in Asian American communities, including pronunciation guides for the Monterey Park victims’ names and the Half Moon Bay victims’ names.


VOICES Applications for VOICES, our flagship summer program for college students, are now open. The program this year will consist of months-long training and project work that begins in late spring and culminates at the AAJA 2023 Convention in Washington, D.C. Learn more and apply by Friday, March 3.

AAJA Reminders

  • Chapter/AG leaders, Camp AAJA is this weekend! Join us on Saturday, Feb. 4 from 7 to 10 p.m. ET / Sunday, Feb. 5 from 8 to 11 a.m. HKT. RSVP here and make sure your chapter/AG is represented with two or more leaders.
  • Apply for JCal by Wednesday, March 1! Our new program in partnership with CalMatters is an all-inclusive, free journalism program that immerses California high school students into the state's news ecosystem.
  • Apply for scholarships! Sports Task Force internships close on Friday, Feb. 3, and the deadlines for the CIC/Anna Chennault, Mary Ing Memorial and Vincent Chin Memorial Scholarships close on Wednesday, Feb. 15.
  • Photojournalism awards are now open! Judging of these categories proudly sponsored and powered by Visura. Submit your work by Tuesday, Feb. 28.
Membership System Tips

We transitioned to a new database, MemberSuite, to help serve you better. Here are some tips for navigating it:

  • There is planned system maintenance on Thursday, Feb 2, when you may not be able to access your account.
  • To select your chapter, log into your account, and then choose Membership > Asian American Journalists Association > Change my Chapter. More details here.
  • Convention registration is coming up! To qualify for discounted member pricing, make sure your membership is active. Log into your account to confirm.

🗓 AAJA Events

Contact us to list your event on our events calendar!

Feb. 4 | AAJA-Atlanta’s 2023 Student and Early Career Journalism Workshop | Join AAJA-Atlanta for their premier event for college journalists, featuring top talent from CNN, AJC and 11Alive on Saturday, Feb. 4 at 10 a.m. | RSVP here

Feb. 4 | AAJA-Asia’s Climate Reporting Panel Session | Join AAJA-Asia for their climate reporting panel session, jointly hosted with Bloomberg, on Saturday, Feb. 4 at 9:30 am HKT. | RSVP here.


📓 News & Resources

mental health The Journalist’s Resource held a webinar on mental health in the newsroom featuring Sewell Chan and Naseem Miller, where they discussed the importance of trauma-informed journalism and advocating for oneself in the newsroom.

news about news The Seattle Chinese Times and Northwest Asian Weekly, both run by Assunta Ng, recently ceased print editions. The Seattle Chinese Times will dissolve, while Northwest Asian Weekly will continue online. Learn about the papers’ early history.


👏 AAJA Kudos to...

  • Stephen Nelson, who will be announcing for the Los Angeles Dodgers as MLB's only Asian American play-by-play announcer
  • Peter Bhatia and Mizanur Rahman, who are chief executive officer and editor-in-chief of the new nonprofit news organization, Houston Landing, respectively.
  • Hannah Yoon, who is a Fund for Women Journalists IWMF grantee.
  • Kristine White, who joins Healthcare Brew as a reporter.
  • Serena Puang, who joins Yale Daily News as a staff columnist.
  • The Sports Journalism Institute Class of 2023, including Christina Huang, Nathan Canilao, Anish Vasudevan, Jerry Jiang and Noah Furtado.
  • The Washington Post’s 2023 summer intern class, including Josh Chen, Minh Connors, Fiza Kuzhiyil, Nyrene Monforte, Kate Selig and Eli Tan.

On Our List 🌟 📺 📸 📰 🎧

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

Grace Lee Boggs and James Boggs on their porch in 1974. From Living For Change: An Autobiography.

"Reality is constantly changing and we must be wary of becoming stuck in ideas that have come out of past experiences and have lost their usefulness in the struggle to create the future.” --Grace Lee Boggs

  • Black History Month We're celebrating Black History Month by honoring legends who modeled Black and Asian solidarity. Learn about Grace Lee Boggs and watch our 2021 panel, "The Role of Journalism in Black & AAPI Solidarity" with NABJ.
  • “3 California mass shootings force grieving Asian Americans to ask painful questions” by Anh Do, Jeong Park, Debbie Truong, Summer Lin and Cindy Chang, The Los Angeles Times 
  • “Tyre Nichols loved skateboarding. That's how his friends say they'll remember him” by Juliana Kim, NPR
  • “Asian Americans are reeling from California’s back-to-back mass shootings” by Li Zhou, Vox
  • “How to help Asian American seniors affected by the mass shootings” by Karen Garcia and Ada Tseng, The Los Angeles Times
  • “Arizona's biggest Lunar New Year fest is back after 3 years: 'We put our hearts into it'” by KiMi Robinson, AZ Central
  • “For my Chinese American parents, ballroom dancing brought fun, comfort and a sense of belonging” by Yvonne Liu, Salon
  • “Can you cook in a wok without a gas stove? Asian Americans are having a heated debate.” by Zoe Han, MarketWatch

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. 

AAJA Opportunities:

  • AAJA Scholarships, Internships and Fellowships | Deadlines: Feb. 15, Feb. 28, March 30, April 1 and Oct. 1, 2023. | Apply here
  • JCal 2023 | Deadline: March 1, 2023. | Apply here
  • AAJA Journalism Excellence Awards | Deadline: Feb. 28, 2023. Submit your work.
  • AAJA 2023 Community Awards | Deadline: Feb. 28, 2023. | Submit a nomination.
  • AAJA Studio Submissions | Become an expert and join here.
  • Judge AAJA Awards | Deadline: March 15, 2023. | Apply here.
  • AAJA-Sacramento’s Summer Internship | AAJA-Sacramento has partnered with The Sacramento Bee for a paid summer internship for aspiring journalists. | Deadline: March 15, 2023. | Learn more here
  • AAJA-Sacramento’s Convention Stipends | AAJA-Sacramento is offering stipends to members interested in attending the 2023 AAJA National Convention in Washington, D.C. | Deadline: March 15, 2023. | Learn more here

External and Partner Opportunities:

  • The IIJ’s Freelance Conference | The Institute for Independent Journalists will host an online freelance journalism conference on March 9-10. | Learn more here
  • NBCU Next Level Summit | NCBU’s free all-day virtual program will take place on March 22. | Learn more here.

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