May 25, 2023

AAJA-San Francisco Bay Area Interim President Harry Mok (L) moderates a Q&A with filmmakers after the screening of “Photographic Justice: The Corky Lee Story” and “Tracing History,” co-presented by the chapter at CAAMFest on Sunday, May 14. Photo courtesy of Bob Hsiang. 



From AAJA-HQ: Honoring Journalism Excellence Award winners, bringing community together

AAJA Excellence 🏆 To celebrate #AAJAExcellence during AAPI Heritage month, we are announcing our AAJA Journalism Excellence Award winners on a rolling basis. Learn more at our awards website and follow our social media to congratulate fellow members! 


Scholarship recipients Congratulations to our latest scholarship winners:

  • Landon Hong, North Carolina State University - AAJA Sports Task Force/ESPN Internship
  • Christina Huang, University of Texas and Rika Kojima, Northwestern University - Jimmie & Suey Fong Yee Grant
  • Ruby Arora, Arizona State University - Michael Kim Journalism Fellowship

Stay tuned to learn about more scholarship winner announcements in upcoming newsletters!

AAJA PITF-NAJA scholarship Our 2023 Pacific Islander journalism scholarship, in partnership with the Native American Journalists Association, will provide up to two recipients $5,000 each. Learn more and apply by May 31, 2023.


🌠 SPOTLIGHT: Catalina Camia, AAJA Lifetime Member

“At every stage of my career, AAJA has been there for me as a source of strength and inspiration. As a college student, I won an AAJA scholarship and was lifted up by journalists who encouraged my dreams. As a professional making my way from reporter to editor to senior newsroom leadership roles, AAJA was there when I needed support, guidance and friendship. Some of my best friends in life I've made through AAJA. I am an AAJA lifetime member because the organization and its people are like family and they have helped me become who I am today.” –Catalina Camia

Thank you to Catalina for supporting #AAJAFamily! Join her in supporting AAJA’s mission and become a lifetime member today.

Catalina Camia is a former editor-in-chief of CQ Roll Call. She was AAJA national president from 1999-2000. 


🗓 AAJA Events

Contact us to list your event on our events calendar.

AAJA-Washington, D.C. and AAJA-HQ gathered to celebrate AAPI Heritage Month on Tuesday, May 16.

May 27 | New York Liberty Game With AAJA-New York | On Saturday, May 27 at 1 p.m., join AAJA-New York for a New York Liberty game during AAPI Heritage Night, where the chapter will be honored with an on-court recognition. There will also be tabling at the concourse and, at a later date, a raffle for a signed item. | RSVP here.

May 30 | AAJA-New York’s Rest and Recovery from Burnout and Anxiety led by Joanna Chang, LCSW | On Tuesday, May 30 at 6 p.m., join AAJA-New York for an off-the-record Zoom conversation on recovering from burnout. | RSVP here.

May 31 | AAJA-Chicago’s AAPI Heritage Month Celebration | On Wednesday, May 31 at 6 p.m., join AAJA-Chicago and SAJA at Alulu Brewery and Pub in Pilsen. | RSVP here

June 1 | AAJA-New York’s Summer Soiree | On Thursday, June 1 at the Red Ventures Office, join AAJA-New York, the Asian American Writers’ Workshop and the AAPI community at Red Ventures for a rooftop mixer. | RSVP here.


📓 News & Resources

member spotlight Amna Nawaz was recently featured in an article by Next Avenue on journalists’ mental health. She discussed the importance of talking about mental health and her personal struggles with anxiety.

chapter highlight AAJA’s Philadelphia chapter was highlighted in the 2023 6abc Philly Proud Town Hall recognizing Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month: Advocacy & Awareness. Nydia Han, Jingyao Yu and Kristine Villanueva discussed the chapter’s community-centered programming over the past year.

AAJA in the media This month, we uplift our AAJA Journalism Excellence Award winners. Rachel Ishikawa, Kylie Cooper and Kristen Hwang were highlighted by their past and current organizations. 

resource The Online News Association’s revamped Information Equity Database now includes a cultural competence guide, LGBTQ+ reference guide and a disability language style guide. The database is also categorized by the community each resource serves.

AAPI history The May 19th Project, co-founded last year by Renee Tajima-Peña and Jeff Chang, aims to promote solidarity within AAPI communities and beyond. Watch their videos and learn more about the project


👏 AAJA Kudos to...


On Our List 🌟 📺 📸 📰 🎧

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

  • 📺 “The New Face of Hollywood,” an AAPI Heritage Month special, airing 8 p.m. EDT Friday, May 26 ft. Juju Chang, Michelle Yeoh, Ke Huy Quan and others, ABC
  • "How one woman fought bigotry and helped change the way Asian Americans see themselves" by Anh Do ft. Helen Zia, The Los Angeles Times
  • "I was embarrassed by my culture as a kid — but my daughter doesn’t have to be" by Jamie Nguyen, Today 
  • “One Year After The Laguna Woods Shooting, The Taiwanese American Community Remembers A Hero Doctor” by Josie Huang, LAist
  • “I struggled with my Korean-American name. Now I realize it was a gift.” by Young-Jin Kim, The Boston Globe
  • “​​AAJA’s Waliya Lari on AI: ‘I worry news organizations will lose that unique flavor'” by Linda Zebian ft. Waliya Lari, Muck Rack
  • “Most endangered U.S. historic sites include two Chinatowns” by Sakshi Venkatraman, NBC Asian America
  • “UM professor analyzes news reporting of Asian Americans during the pandemic” by Megan Schellong, WKAR Public Media 
  • “A Forgotten Murder Case Offers Lessons in Asian American Activism” by Amy Yee, Bloomberg
  • “How R. F. Kuang turned every recent book scandal into the satirical thriller ‘Yellowface’” by Helen Li, The Los Angeles Times
  • "'Sesame Street' has its first Filipino American Muppet. What representation means for kids" ft. Kris Vera-Phillips, KJZZ News
  • “Food blogging reminds me of what I'm capable of and how my heritage is my own” by Suzanne Nuyen, NPR

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-Minnesota Stipend | AAJA-Minnesota is offering up to five grants of up to $300 for local members to attend convention. | Deadlines: rolling, with priority given to those who apply earlier. | Apply here
  • AAJA-Washington, D.C. Stipend | AAJA-D.C. is offering up to ten stipends to attend #AAJA23. Thanks to a generous donation from former national president Catalina Camia, half of the stipends will be set aside for students. | Deadline: Saturday, May 27. | Apply here.
  • AAJA PITF-NAJA Scholarship | Our 2023 Pacific Islander journalism scholarship, in partnership with the Native American Journalists Association, will provide up to two recipients $5,000 each. | Deadline: Tuesday, May 31. | Apply here
  • AAJA-Los Angeles Stipend | AAJA-Los Angeles is offering stipends to attend #AAJA23. | Deadline: Tuesday, May 31. | Apply here
  • AAJA-San Francisco Bay Area Stipend | AAJA-S.F. Bay Area is offering up to five stipends to paid 2023 members of the chapter to attend #AAJA23. | Deadline: Thursday, June 1. | Apply here.
  • Gregory Yuen Yee Scholarship | AAJA-Los Angeles and The Los Angeles Times are accepting applications for the Gregory Yuen Yee Scholarship in honor of an outstanding young journalist who helped shape news coverage through his energy, dedication and precision. | Deadline: Friday, June 2. | Learn more here.
  • AAJA-Los Angeles Health Equity Fellowship | AAJA-Los Angeles seeks proposals for in-depth reporting projects that explore health equity issues that affect the Asian American community. | Deadline: Thursday, June 15. | Learn more here.
  • AAJA Studio Submissions | Become an expert and join here.
  • AAJA Style Guide | Join us in reshaping AAPI coverage and news standards.

External and Partner Opportunities:

  • SABEW Executive Director Position | The Society for Advancing Business Editing and Writing (SABEW), the world’s largest association of financial journalists, seeks an executive director. | Learn more here.
  • SPJ News | The Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) seeks student journalists to cover presentations and events at the SPJ national convention in Las Vegas. Their work will be published on The #SPJNews23 digital site. | Learn more here.
  • Association for Disabled Journalists | A group of disabled journalists has begun to form a professional organization. If you identify as disabled, neurodiverse, or chronically ill, email Amanda Morris with subject line "Association for Disabled Journalists” and include your name, organization, and capacity to join or help volunteer.

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