March 16, 2023

Janet Yeoh, mother of Michelle Yeoh, celebrates in Malyasia after her daughter won best actress during the 95th Academy Awards in Los Angeles. Photo courtesy of AP Photo/Vincent Thian.



In Commemoration: Two Years After The Atlanta Shootings

 Janice Yu, a reporter/anchor for FOX 5 Atlanta, in front of the Glynn County Courthouse in Brunswick, Georgia.
Photo courtesy of Janice Yu.

"Journalism prides itself on being the first draft of history. Let’s make sure our newsrooms are equipped to write it, with diverse newsrooms covering and engaging diverse audiences. The stakes for our democracy have never been higher."


On the second anniversary of the mass shootings in Atlanta, our AAJA community grieves for the lives lost while recognizing celebrations such as the AAPI representation during the Oscars and The Los Angeles Times' decision to drop the use of "internment" for "incarceration." In a Poynter op-ed, AAJA Executive Director Naomi Tacuyan Underwood points to the continued need for better representation and coverage of our communities.


🏆 AAJA Members Cover The Oscars

AAJA celebrates the historic Asian and Asian American wins and representation at the 2023 Oscars. Our members wrote about these groundbreaking achievements and what they mean to them and the community.

  • “Michelle Yeoh: The Crisis That Changed My Life 8 Years Ago Keeps Happening” by Michelle Yeoh, The New York Times
  • “Opinion | For us weird Asians, ‘Everything Everywhere All at Once’ is a second chance” by Jeff Yang, The Washington Post
  • “For Asian Americans, Yeoh, Quan’s Oscar wins are theirs too” by Terry Tang, AP
  • “Asian Actors Have Been Underrepresented at the Oscars For Decades. Here’s the History.” by K.K. Rebecca Lai, The New York Times
  • “What Michelle Yeoh's win really says about Hollywood ” by Kimmy Yam, NBC Asian America
  • “‘Everything Everywhere All at Once’ and the search for motherly acceptance” by Qina Liu, The Seattle Times
  • “What Michelle Yeoh’s success means to Asian American women like me” by Yvonne Liu, Today
  • “Everything Everywhere All at Once Offers a Hopeful Vision for Immigrant Families” by Frankie Huang, Lit Hub
  • “The Oscars’ best picture might seem radical. But it’s as traditional as they come” by Justin Chang, The Los Angeles Times
  • “Triangle of Sadness Star Dolly De Leon Thinks at Least One Oscar Winner Would Thrive in a Desert-Island Scenario “ by Delia Cai, Vanity Fair

From AAJA-HQ: Everything


VOICES, JCamp Applications for VOICES and JCamp are due tomorrow, March 17 at 11:59 p.m. PT! Don’t miss out on the chance to join our flagship college and high school student journalism programs in Washington, D.C. this summer. Apply for VOICES or JCamp here.

Board Elections We’re excited to announce the results of our 2023 Special Board Elections. Chris Nguyen will be an At-Large Chapter Representative, and Daigo Fujiwara will be a Small/Medium Chapter Representative. Welcome to the board, Chris and Daigo!

Join AAJA in Reshaping AAPI Coverage and News Standards

AAJA is currently revising its style guide, including what is okay to say and not, defining everything from AAPI to Yellow Peril, and countering stereotypes to carve how our communities are covered. The guide will be sent to media nationwide, other journalism organizations and AAPI nonprofits, and will be a living resource of standards to which we can hold newsrooms accountable.

We’re looking for co-leads and volunteers – so at whatever capacity you are willing to help – to read, write, check spelling, conduct light research, add thoughts, make calls, and advise on AAPI terms, history, and culture. Interested to help? Fill out our form here.


🗓 AAJA Events: Everywhere

Contact us to list your event on our events calendar.

(L-R) Sheila Lirio Marcelo and AAJA Executive Director Naomi Tacuyan Underwood speak at The Asian American Foundation (TAAF) International Women’s Day event on Wednesday, March 8 in New York City. Photo courtesy of JP Yim/Getty Images for The Asian American Foundation.

(L-R) Waliya Lari, AAJA Director of Programs and Partnerships, and panelists Alex Nguyen, Lily Trieu and Pooja Sethi speak at AAJA’s Inaugural SXSW Mixer, "The Power of Us," on Saturday, March 11 in Austin, TX. Photo credit: Preston Ng, AAJA-HQ.

March 22 | AAJA-Washington, D.C.’s March Webinar: Managing Your Career Amid Economic Uncertainties | On Wednesday, March 22 from 7 - 8:30 p.m., join AAJA-D.C., WABJ, NAHJ-D.C., JAWS, NLGJA-D.C. and SPJ for a lively conversation on how to take control of your career. The panel will be moderated by Annie Z. Yu. | RSVP here.

March 25 | AAJA-Washington, D.C. and AAJA-Philadelphia’s Peak Bloom Meetup | Join AAJA-D.C. and AAJA-Philly for a cherry blossoms day trip on Saturday, March 25 at 11:30 a.m. | RSVP here.

April 1 | AAJA-Washington, D.C.’s Journalism Job Fair | Join Georgetown and the D.C. chapters of AAJA, NAHJ, NABJ, NLGJA, SPJ and JAWS for their job fair on Saturday, April 1, 2023 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Georgetown University School of Continuing Studies. | Register here by March 24 and sign up to volunteer here.

April 5 | AAJA-New York’s Not a Monolith: Covering Our Communities With Nuance | On Wednesday, April 5 at 6 p.m. at The Greene Space, join AAJA-New York and WNYC for an event on how our communities are covered and how to tell stories going forward, featuring Arun Venugopal, CeFaan Kim, Ambreen Ali, and Hui Ting Kok. | RSVP here.


📓 News & Resources

journalism news The Los Angeles Times will drop the use of “internment” in most cases to describe the mass incarceration of 120,000 people of Japanese ancestry during World War II. AAJA-Los Angeles' Senior Vice President Teresa Watanabe wrote about the decision and her family's personal experience with incarceration.

guidance AAJA-Hawai‘i recently released a statement joining members of the local Chinese community in encouraging media to use “Mokoli‘i” whenever referencing the popular islet off Kualoa Regional Park in Windward O‘ahu.

report Global Press Chief Operating Officer Laxmi Parthasarathy and Global Press CEO Cristi Hegranes discovered a large untapped audience of readers in the United States for higher-quality international journalism.

journalism pioneers Connie Chung, Amna Nawaz and Lisa Ling were featured in an article on seventeen leading broadcasters reflecting on Barbara Walters’ legacy and the changing landscape of broadcast news

member feature Brammhi Balarajan, VOICES 2022 fellow and editor-in-chief of The Emory Wheel, reflected on her past four years and pushing for more diversity in the newsroom in an interview.


👏 AAJA Kudos to...


On Our List 🌟 📺 📸 📰 🎧

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

  • “Opinion | The Checkup With Dr. Wen: What does it mean to hold China ‘accountable’ for covid?” by Leana S. Wen, The Washington Post
  • “The fight to keep Ohtani basketball alive” by Kori Suzuki, High Country News 
  • “What counts as an ‘American name’ in a changing nation” by Marian Chia-Ming Liu, The Washington Post
  • “Bruce Lee, Anna May Wong heirs talk legacy, roles for Asians” by Terry Tang, AP
  • “My mom died while I was covering covid. It changed my views on grief.” by Lena H. Sun, The Washington Post
  • "These Japanese mothers banded together through a support group to talk about mental illness" by Phi Do, The Los Angeles Times
  • “Eugene film festival spotlights Asian American and Pacific Islander stories” by Steven Tonthat, OPB

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

AAJA Opportunities:

  • VOICES 2023 | Deadline: Friday, March 17. | Apply here.
  • JCamp 2023 | Deadline: Friday, March 17. | Apply here.
  • AAJA Scholarships, Internships and Fellowships | Deadlines: March 30 and April 1 | Apply here
  • AAJA Studio Submissions | Become an expert and join here.
  • AAJA-Portland’s 2023 Diversity and Inclusion Awards | AAJA-Portland is seeking entries for their awards on issues that, through discrimination or structural inequity, disproportionately affect people of color or other under-resourced groups in Oregon and/or southwest Washington. | Deadline: Sunday, March 26. | Apply here.
  • AAJA-Asia’s N3ConU Mentorship Program | AAJA-Asia will select a cohort of 10 students to participate in a series of trainings and write stories. Students and mentors selected for the program will receive complimentary registration to attend the N3Con 2023 conference on May 25-28 in Singapore. | Deadline: Friday, April 7. | Apply here.

External and Partner Opportunities:

  • NLGJA’s 2023 Excellence in Journalism Awards | The NLGJA: The Association of LGBTQ+ Journalists Excellence in Journalism Awards foster and recognize excellence in journalism on issues related to the LGBTQ+ community. The awards are open to all. | Deadline: Wednesday, March 22. | Learn more here
  • Campaign Journalism Conference 2024 (CJC) | University of Chicago’s Institute of Politics will host CJC from April 26-27, a two-day bootcamp on covering the 2024 elections. Travel stipends are available. | Deadline: Tuesday, March 28. | Learn more here.
  • The Atlantic’s 2023 Michael Kelly Award | This award recognizes work published in a U.S.-based print or online publication that exemplifies “the fearless pursuit and expression of truth.” | Deadline: Friday, March 31. | Learn more here
  • The Maynard 200 Fellowship | This tuition-free program provides professional development training and year-long mentorship for leaders, storytellers, frontline editors and managers, and media entrepreneurs of diverse backgrounds. | Deadline: Friday, March 31. | Learn more here.

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