July 6, 2023

Weijia Jiang became the first woman of color to be elected president of the White House Correspondents’ Association on Wednesday, June 28. Photo courtesy of Leigh Vogel. 



From AAJA-HQ: Cultivating emerging leaders and journalists

Statement On Thursday, June 29, AAJA’s board of directors released a statement of support for Sabrina Siddiqui, a Wall Street Journal Correspondent who was subjected to online abuse after asking Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi about his human-rights record at a White House press conference. Read the statement here

Elections Our Candidate forum for the positions of Senior Vice President, Vice President of Communications and Vice President of Journalism Programs will be on Tuesday, July 11 at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT/7 a.m. HKT (Wednesday). Register for the event here.

Scholarship recipients Congratulations to our latest scholarship winners Emi Tran and Valida Pau, recipients of the 2023 AAJA/NBC Universal Fellowship. Stay tuned to learn about more scholarship winner announcements in upcoming newsletters. 


  • Our career center is open! Upload your resume today and get ready to network!
  • Our room blocks at the Hamilton Hotel and Hyatt Place are now sold out. Please refer to our FAQ for more hotel options nearby. 
  • The Convention Programming Committee will host an online Ask Me Anything session to answer questions regarding convention planning and preparation on Monday, July 10. Register here.
  • Professional workshops offered by convention sponsors are now accepting applications. Learn more below under "#AAJA23 Opportunities" and on our website.

🌠 SPOTLIGHT: Andrew Peng, AAJA Lifetime Member

"When it comes to empowering the next generation of AAPI journalists and championing accurate reporting of our communities, there is no grassroots organization quite like AAJA. And as someone who has followed AAJA’s work for more than a decade (through high school, college, and now into adulthood), I’ve been touched by the team’s generosity, invaluable guidance, and investments to support students and better civic storytelling. I’m proud to be a lifetime member and owe so much to AAJA and its mission — and I hope you’ll join me in giving back to a nonprofit that has always had our backs." –Andrew Peng

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

Andrew Peng, Communications Advisor, White House Initiative on Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders and Co-Founder, The Yappie


🗓 AAJA Events

Contact us to list your event on our events calendar.

Jon Funabiki and Helen Zia at AAJA-San Francisco Bay Area's summer mixer on Thursday, June 22.

AAJA-Texas gathered in Houston for a pre-convention mixer on Monday, July 3.

July 15 | AAJA-Los Angeles’s Community engagement in health reporting + story idea brainstorm + mixer | On Saturday, July 15 at 1 p.m., join AAJA-Los Angeles for their second event in their health equity series at Terasaki Budokan. RSVP here

July 21 | SAJA x AAJA’s 2023 Happy Hour | On Friday, June 21 at 5 p.m., join SAJA during #AAJA23 for a happy hour at Calico in Blagden Alley. RSVP here.

August 3 | AAJA-Hawai’i’s Summer 2023 Fundraiser | On Thursday, August 3 at 6 p.m., join AAJA-Hawai’i for a pau hana fundraiser to help advance diversity in Hawai’i newsrooms. Learn more here.


📓 News & Resources

AAJA in the media AAJA-Hawai’i was mentioned in an article on using traditional Hawai’ian names to refer to locations across the islands.

survey In a recent survey by the Center for Innovation and Sustainability in Local Media at UNC’s journalism school, over 70% of journalists who participated reported experiencing burnout. Moreover, more women and young people reported being affected than men and older reporters.

awards The New York Times highlighted AAJA’s Journalism Excellence Award winners and the impact of diverse and culturally competent storytelling.  


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

“If it wasn’t for the Black Civil Rights Movement, where would we be?” -- Don Tamaki, a Japanese American attorney and member of California’s reparations task force.

  • “Japanese American who fought for prison camp survivors now fighting for reparations for Black community“ by Kimmy YamNBC Asian America
  • “A question for Asian Americans celebrating affirmative action’s end: What have we won?” by Frank Shyong, The Los Angeles Times
  • “Edith Kanaka'ole is the first Hawaiian woman to grace a U.S. quarter” by Heidi Chang, NPR
  • “Punahou’s Nolan Souza not rushing MLB Draft process” by Christian Shimabuku, KHON2
  • “Why are Vietnamese the most Republican-leaning Asian Americans?” by Meena Venkataramanan, The Washington Post
  • “‘A Great Divide’ is a Compelling Exploration of anti-Asian Racism that Deserves More Time” by Frankie Huang, Reappropriate 
  • “Some Asian Americans say affirmative action ruling used the group as ‘pawns’” by Kimmy Yam and Sakshi Venkatraman, NBC Asian America

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

AAJA Opportunities:

  • Team AAJA | Learn more about the team representing AAJA at the 2023 TCS New York City Marathon and donate here.
  • AAJA Studio Submissions | Become an expert and join here.
  • AAJA Style Guide | Join us in reshaping AAPI coverage and news standards.

External Opportunities: 

  • Solutions Journalism Network’s Journalists of Color Fellowship | This 9-month fellowship is designed to identify and support a cohort of diverse, next-generation leaders through a program of solutions journalism, leadership training, mentorship and community of practice. | Deadline: Monday, July 17. | Learn more here.  

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