June 22, 2023

AAJA and CalMatters’ inaugural JCal program for high school students commenced on Tuesday, June 20 in Sacramento.  Students working on their reporting projects are led by CalMatters Youth Journalism Initiative Manager Michael Lozano.



From AAJA-HQ: Cultivating emerging leaders and journalists

Elections Nominations for Senior Vice President, Vice President of Communications and Vice President of Journalism Programs close on Friday, June 23 at 8 p.m. ET. Submit your nominations here.

Scholarship recipients Congratulations to our latest scholarship winners Puneet Bsanti, recipient of the 2023 Stanford Chen Internship Grant, and Ethan Huang, recipient of the 2023 Vincent Chin Memorial Scholarship.


  • A limited number of additional registrations will open Wednesday, June 28, at 12pm ET/9am PT. The rate is $430 and it will be first-come first-served. More details to come in Tuesday’s convention e-mail.
  • A limited number of registrations will open up soon at a special Opportunity Rate for those experiencing hardship due to layoffs or financial difficulty. You must apply to be considered. If you have been affected, please fill out this form
  • Our career center is open! Upload your resume today and get ready to network!
  • Don’t forget to book your hotel room at our discounted rate before they run out! 
  • The Convention Programming Committee will host an online Ask Me Anything session to answer questions regarding convention on Monday, July 10. Register here.
  • Professional workshops offered by sponsors at convention are now accepting applications. Learn more below under "#AAJA23 Opportunities" and on our website.

Team AAJA We’re thrilled to announce Team AAJA for the 2023 TCS New York City Marathon! Five runners representing AAJA National, AAJA-LGBTQIA+ Affinity Group, AAJA-Philadelphia, AAJA-Washington, D.C. and AAJA-New York are looking to raise $25,000+ to support their respective chapters. Read more about Team AAJA's runners, see their progress and donate here!


🌠 SPOTLIGHT: Richard Lui, AAJA Lifetime Member

“40 years ago, AAJA had just dozens of members. But just as it does today, its impact far exceeded its size. Journalists like Corky Lee, Ti-Hua Chang and Helen Zia -- my mentors -- went to help tell the case of Vincent Chin to America. They set the example. Covering this community with integrity and poise -- it's a long journey. And a Lifetime Membership is emblematic of that commitment.” –Richard Lui

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

Richard Lui, MSNBC/NBC News anchor


Meet our new intern

This month at AAJA-HQ, we welcomed a new summer 2023 intern, Gordon Shi. Read more about him below:

Gordon Shi is a fourth-year student studying English, Chinese and Asian Pacific American Studies at the University of Virginia. He has always gravitated towards racial justice advocacy, and after the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, he joined his school’s Asian Student Union and served in various leadership roles. This past year, Gordon served as one of two executive conference directors for the East Coast Asian American Student Union (ECAASU) annual conference, conceiving and developing the theme “Reconnection and Reflection” in the spirit of empowering Asian and Asian American communities.


🗓 AAJA Events

Contact us to list your event on our events calendar.

AAJA-Washington, D.C. hosted their annual picnic on Saturday, June 17.

AAJA-New England gather for a pre-convention mixer on Tuesday, June 20.

AAJA-New York organized a pre-convention mixer on Saturday, June 17.

June 24 | AAJA-Seoul’s Covering LGBT issues in Korea | On Saturday, June 24 at 1 p.m., join AAJA-Seoul for a discussion with LGBT community leaders to hear their perspectives on how local LGBT issues are covered in the media. RSVP here by June 23.


📓 News & Resources

obituary AAJA is saddened to hear of the passing of David L. Kim, president and CEO of the National Asian Pacific Center on Aging (NAPCA). David was the first editor of The Daily AAJenda, now AAJA's VOICES program, at AAJA’s 1990 New York City convention. When asked about the experience by AAJA member Sandy Louey in 2021, David said, "Getting people to believe in something greater than themselves leads to teamwork and performance that ensures success...I am still thankful to this day to have led such a great team who trusted me and made history in the process."


👏 AAJA Kudos to...


On Our List 🌟 📺 📸 📰 🎧

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

  • “The Urgent Campaign To Honor Nisei Veterans” by Josie Huang, LAist
  • “Bread & Roses names Chinatown activists for Emerging Leaders award” by Massarah Mikati, The Philadelphia Inquirer
  • “The Transformers: How Chan Is Missing Led to Better Luck Tomorrow Led to Everything Everywhere All at Once” by Renee Tajima-Peña, Film Quarterly
  • “First Muslim woman confirmed as a federal judge” by Sakshi Venkatraman, NBC Asian America
  • “The High-Risk Feat of Bringing ‘American Born Chinese’ to TV” by Jamie Fisher, The New York Times
  • “'The Japanese Juan Soto': Masataka Yoshida has been a hit” by Joon Lee, ESPN

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. 

AAJA23 Opportunities:

  • Loyalty Bookstores at #AAJA23 | Purchase or pre-order books by AAJA members.
  • ABC News Storytellers Summit | ABC News offers a half-day development workshop for producers, writers, reporters and content creators to elevate their storytelling skills and learn innovative techniques. | Apply here by July 6. 
  • CNN Reporters Workshop | CNN offers a full-day event taught by senior managers, on-air coaches and CNN correspondents for reporters to build skills and apply practical techniques. | Apply here.
  • CNN Producers Workshop | CNN offers the chance to learn from industry veterans, covering topics such as editorial decision-making, producing philosophy and building a digital strategy, along with exclusive behind-the-scenes access through a panel discussion. | Apply here
  • CNN Art of a Live Shot | CNN’s frontline team presents the ins and outs of live shots’ production. | Apply here by July 3.
  • NBCU Academy's 2023 Journalism Workshop | NBCU Academy welcomes aspiring journalists and producers to learn from the top professionals in the field. | Apply here by June 28.
  • NBCU Lessons in Leadership | This interactive workshop helps individuals enhance their leadership skills, offering insights on career advancement in newsrooms. | Apply here by July 5.

AAJA Opportunities:

  • AAJA Studio Submissions | Become an expert and join here.
  • AAJA Style Guide | Join us in reshaping AAPI coverage and news standards.

External Opportunities: 

  • Poynter’s Power of Diverse Voices: Writing Workshop for Journalists of Color | Led by Tom Huang, this four-day seminar helps journalists of color find their voices and build skills for writing opinion pieces and personal essays. | Deadline: Friday, Sept. 15. | Learn more.

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